5 efficient tools that help me better manage my time

Effective time management is crucial to have a work-life balance and improve quality of life. For someone like me, 24 hours of a day are split between work, college, family, friends and relaxing. I always feel overwhelmed when it comes to balancing my work, college assignments and other responsibilities.

Deciding what to do and when has been the biggest difficulty for me and at times I used to get a little lost while trying to manage documents, complete assignments, preparing presentations. It was just too stressful and time consuming. Being in the field of marketing, I thought to research out some tools online to solve my time management problems. So, today I thought I’d share some of the efficient and most valuable online tools I’ve found.

  1. ProofHub:
    Website: ProofHub

Price: Free, Nano — $15/month, Standard — $49/month, Premium — $99/month, Enterprise — $149/month

ProofHub is an online project management and collaboration tool. This tool help me to organize my projects, team and tasks effectively. It lets you easily communicate with the whole team in one go. It helps me to be organized, to check the work of interns, send reports and assign tasks to my marketing team. I can easily see which tasks are done and which one is due on a short term basis. It’s great tool because my client can easily review project progress and can keep track of the work we are doing. It’s quick, effortless and a great time-savior.

2) Google Drive:
Website: Meet Google Drive — One place for all your files
Price: Upto 15 GB- Free :), 100 GB — $1.99, 1 TB — $9.99, 10 TB — $99.99, 20 TB — $199.99, 30 TB — $299.99

Google Drive acts as a cloud storage that allows us to create and store documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms within that online environment. Because everything is stored in cloud, there’s no need to email files back and forth. With the help of this tool, I can share files with friends and colleagues. It makes easy for multiple people to work on the same document or file. You get 15GB of storage for anything you upload to your Drive, including photos, videos, documents, Photoshop files and more. What I like the most is that I can drag and drop files into the Drive and they’re uploaded automatically. Personally, I use Google Drive to share blog articles, images, documents, college project files, college assignments & presentations.

3) Hootsuite:
Website: Hootsuite
Price: Free, Pro — $49.99/month($35 for Hootsuite Pro users), Enterpris

Hootsuite is a social media management system. It helps me to track and manage my social media engagement for clients and products. I use its free version and can access Twitter, Google+, Facebook & LinkedIn making posting updates incredibly quick and easy. I can also monitor what people are saying about my projects and can instantly respond as well. With this tool, I can schedule updates. Hootsuite also allows me to translate analytics into actionable recommendations, providing me with knowledge that can help clients make better marketing decisions.

4) Google Analytics:
Website: www.google.com/analytics/
Price: Free

Google Analytics is free and I use it within the marketing department. Mainly use it to monitor Daily Visits, source of the traffic coming to the website (referrals), and which pages are being visited. It helps in measuring the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. Google Analytics shows you how people found your website, how they explored it, and lets you determine how you can enhance their visitor experience. Google analytics helps me understand the user flow of my website, where people are bouncing off, and what’s engaging them.

5) Pocket:
Website: Pocket
Price: Free, premium available from $4.99/month.

I found this tool while checking my traffic sources in Google analytics and found it quite interesting. So I started using it for my academic and office work. It is a great place for saving videos, images, blogs, etc. all in one place. It helps me to keep track of relevant and interesting web pages. Pocket is my favorite tool for saving articles and reading them later. The best part of this tool is that I don’t even need an Internet connection for using it. I can use it on my Windows mobile, laptop & iPad also.

I hope any of these tools could benefit you in one way or the other. Let me know if you’re using some other tools for managing work and life.

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