5 Tools To Help You Be More Productive in 2014

As the owner or manager of a construction company, you have lots of demands on your time. Not only does each construction project need to be carefully managed, but so must all of the other to-do lists in your business and personal life. Here are five apps that can help you save time and be more productive in the coming year.

Wunderlist

 Wunderlist is an app for making and managing your lists that you can use for yourself or to collaborate with family, friends, and co-workers. Wunderlist syncs your data via the cloud, so you can access your lists from anywhere - PC, iPhone, iPad, Mac Android, etc.

Wunderlist comes with a free version along with a couple of paid options that you may want to check out if you decide to use Wunderlist in your business.

KanbanFlow

KanbanFlow can be used as a Lean project management tool for you and your team. The app emulates a Kanban board to give you a quick, easy to understand overview of your work situation by dividing your tasks into 4 main categories:

  1. To Do
  2. Do Today
  3. In Progress
  4. Done

The app also includes a timer to support the Pomodoro time management technique which recommends working with full focus for 25 minutes before taking a short break.

Workflowy

Workflowy is an online app that helps you stay organized by letting you capture information the same way you think. Think of Workflowy as a piece of paper of infinite length that allows you to build nested lists (or an outline). This give you one master list of all of your notes, but you can expand and collapse parts of the list depending upon what you want to focus on. It provides a simple yet elegant way to capture your lists and the drag and drop interface makes organizing the notes you have captured a breeze.

LastPass

How much time do you spend logging in and out of different systems, trying to remember your password, or changing passwords because you needed to give someone temporary access to one of your systems? It's probably more than you think. Or, you may have tried to "fix" the problem by having the same, weak password on all of your systems making it easier for you to remember but also making it easier for someone to hack into those systems.

LastPass is a freeware password manager that will save you time and help you keep your data secure. With LastPass you only have to remember one master password - LastPass will remember the rest for you. In addition to storing your passwords, LastPass will help you generate strong passwords. It's also handy for giving access to your systems without having to actually send the password by using the sharing feature.

RescueTime

RescueTime helps you understand how you spend your time by measuring the amount of time you spend in different apps or on websites. Once you understand how you are spending your time you can use RescueTime to help you set and track goals. For example, you can set a goal to spend 1hr per day on email and use RescueTime to monitor if you are meeting that goal or not.

Naturally you won't want to adopt all of these apps, but hopefully you will find one or two to be useful in helping your manage your time.

All of the apps mentioned above come in a free version as well as one or more paid versions for "premium" features.

Do you have a favorite productivity app? Tell us about it in the comments below.