This article is courtesy of under30ceo.com
Whether you need to access your files and notes on the go, or you need a simple system for tracking your to-do list and calendar, there are some excellent productivity and organization solutions that are easy to learn and free to use. With the following tools at your disposal, you’ll never be stuck without a critical report, lose an important idea, or miss a key strategy meeting.
An idea can strike at any time, and that’s why a tool like Evernote is critically important. According to Elliot Kosmicki writes at Social Networking Developers, “Evernote, the leader in portable notes, can allow you to record thoughts, plans and even images from anywhere. Available for all operating systems, the web, and iPhone – you no longer have an excuse for forgetting that great idea you had this morning.”
With a slick interface that makes it easy to manage all of your ideas and online resources in one place, Evernote makes it possible to track whatever you need in one system that you can access from any device. Evernote is free to use, but the fully featured version that integrates with Word and Excel costs $45 a year.
With a clean, simple interface that is reminiscent of Gmail, Todoist is a free project management program that makes it easy to create a to-do list that you can access anywhere, including your mobile phone. It offers a customizable to-do list with a calendar that offers recurring events. Users will also find that it integrates well with Gmail and Outlook.
Another popular way of organizing your to-do list online is through Vitalist, a program organized around the categorization methods of the popular “Getting Things Done” method. According to the website, “Vitalist is Online Getting Things Done software that is all about categorizing what you need to get done into specific lists or buckets. The idea is to get everything out of your head and into your Getting Things Done system so that you will not have to worry about specifically remembering anything.”
Leo Babauta of the popular blog Zen Habits shares the following endorsement for Vitalist, “I’ve actually tried this one and it works very well, and surprisingly the free version does everything you need.”
One of the most commonly overlooked productivity tools can be accessed just above the inbox of your Gmail page. Google Calendar is easy to use and quite intelligent when it comes to sorting the details you record on your calendar, receiving high praise from a reviewer at Mashable. Set up recurring tasks, seamlessly integrate reminders into your inbox, and customize tasks and particular calendars in seconds with Google Calendar.
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