When it comes to productivity at work, it's essential to find tools that help you stay on track and knock out your goals. At Designzillas, we’ve got a few digital tricks up our sleeves. Tricks that keep us on task, up to date and inspired as we charge through the workweek. We use the following tools to help us get through our to-do lists every day:
Any agency employee will tell you that project management software is essential to keeping track of tasks, internal and external communications, issues with projects, and much more. But did you know that 44% of project managers don’t use software, even though it’s been proven that project management software increases performance and satisfaction?
In comes Teamwork. If you haven’t used PM software before or if you need to upgrade from your current one, Teamwork is the go-to software for agencies—especially those that use HubSpot. With Teamwork and HubSpot integrations, you can create projects and notebooks, follow tasks, and even track time right from the HubSpot Dashboard.
Does your team complain that they spend too much time talking about work rather than actually working? Increase the amount of time you can be heads-down, and combine work chats and fun chats with Slack.
Slack is a great, straight-forward app that allows us to collaborate and send files, links, and—more importantly—a GIF or two. Chats are organized into both private and company-wide channels, ideal for project-specific group chats or individual conversations between coworkers.
Video calling, screen sharing, drag-and-drop file sharing, and a ton of other great features (like custom emojis!) make this a great alternative to standard emails. This real-time communication is also great for agencies with remote employees, a work-from-home policy or offices around the world.
Sometimes the best way to get your productivity in motion is a good playlist. And studies show that certain types of music can help boost your productivity by not only blocking out noisy co-workers but promoting personal creativity as well. However, we tend to stick to ambient music that is lyric-free. Experts hypothesize that it’s difficult to focus on language-based tasks while listening to your favorite sing-a-long jams.
On Spotify? Check out these great playlists that are perfect for staying focused and cranking through your to-do list:
- ESM | Electronic Study Music
- Indie Folk for Focus
- Productive Morning
- Perfect Concentration
- Relax & Focus
We work in marketing and web design. It’s inevitable that we are going to find ourselves on Twitter, or browsing through industry blogs to stay on the leading edge of industry updates. But even though we are trained not to go down the click hole, it’s inevitable. In fact, 48% of us waste time at work just surfing the Web.
Instead of going straight to the source, sign up for Feedly. It aggregates all of the blogs you follow and topics you’re interested in reading about in a streamlined place. Being able to read content right from the Feedly interface eliminates the chances of you clicking on other CTAs that don’t need your attention.
With these tools by your side, you're ready to conquer your work week!
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