Before joining Designveloper, I had worked as a freelancer. And as any newbies, I did it all wrong. I didn’t have an organized workflow. Everything got messy and stressful. Tons of unfinished tasks made me feel overwhelmed.
Thankfully, when I got my feet wet with my new job at Designveloper, I found a few amazing tools that came to my rescue, kept me on track and organized throughout the day. It was the time I put an end to my disorganized way of working.
So, in today post, I’m glad to share with you my favorite apps that help me get in “the zone” and tear through my to-do list. Check it out cause who knows, it might also help you run a business a little less of a chore and a lot more fun. In no particular order, we have:
Working as a freelancer means you’re free (at least it was what I had thought). No one manages your work days except yourself. Because of such freedom, I used to work unmethodically. I just got my hands dirty with the tasks that seemed interesting and not with the ones that were a priority. And as the result, by the end of the day, things that had should be done was unexecuted. Then, I got boring and decided to jump into another task that looked more fun than the previous one did at that moment. See, even in the way I told, it was completely a mess.
Now, I have the Todoist app on my phone and also keep the web version pinned to my browser both at home and at work (I’m madly in love with this app) – so it’s always readily accessible.
The thing I like the most about Todoist is that I can schedule my tasks for each day and easily keep things organized by project as well. No more belated tasks since with Todoist, I conveniently check off whether the tasks complete or not, then I’ll work on them.
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There is no doubt that Trello is my working life. No other tools can beat this amazing project management tool.
You can do a lot of things with Trello such as: create boards for your projects, create lists to represent the state of progress in each of your boards (for example I have 3 lists – To do, Doing and Done), add a due date to remind you of deadlines, label your cards by using color, etc. And especially, the cards can be easily moved between lists.
Since Trello came to my life, I haven’t had to keep everything in my brain anymore – like – I have to do this task before 8th January or I need to finish that task by 10th January. Lucky me!
You do not keep in touch with your customers by using Facebook Messenger (except your business is on Facebook), SMS, or Imessage, do you? Then, you might think email is the most effective way in this case. But who know me will know how much I hate emails. To say it right, what I actually hate is when I end up with tons of emails in a thread for just quick questions/answers.
I love using Slack to message with teams and keep things organized in various threads. It’s also really easy to track all my projects and it’s FREE!
Lately, my laptop was suddenly on strike and I haven’t found out the reason yet (poor me!), but fortunately, Dropbox keep backups of all my files. It becomes my favorite cloud storage tool right know. I don’t have to worry about my files taking up space on my computers anymore.
I also have it installed on my desktop, so it feels like I’m using a normal documents folder all day, and it syncs seamlessly with the app on my phone, so I can access my files wherever I am. And it’s super easy to share files with clients and collaborators using Dropbox. What more can I ask for?
If you hate the iPhone calendar app which only actually shows what day it is, I recommend you to try Google Calendar. It’s easier to schedule the agenda for all day such as: meetings, conference calls, off-days, etc.
Since I used it, I, who has the memory of a goldfish, haven’t missed or forgot anything. This help me to stay on top of everything at work. How awesome!
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How can I not mention this one?
I use Evernote to keep track of everything from jotting down ideas for my blog to planning big projects. I love that it’s super convenient to save links, images or articles and it also allows me to collaborate with other people.
Have I missed anything out?
It’s my secret weapons. How about yours? Have you found any tools, apps that are especially useful? Don’t hesitate to share in the comment below!