How Can Time Management Tools Help You?

There are a lot of time management tools available these days that can be installed on your computer, smartphone, or tablet (and synced across all devices). But there are also some offline “old school” tools that help you effectively manage your time.

Within the last couple of years, there has been an explosion of resources. When choosing a productivity tool, make sure it’s one that you’ll actually use and that integrates well with your work style.

Whenever possible, choose simple, uncomplicated tools. Avoid solutions that require you to tag each member of your team EVERY TIME. According to Laura Stack, a Denver-based trainer and author on productivity, many of these time management tools are “so complicated that 80% of the people fail.”

Resist the temptation to jump from one shiny object to the next. Before committing to any one tool, identify your weaknesses. For instance, before purchasing that online collaboration app, make sure that it has a robust reporting feature. Getting up to speed on new software takes a lot of time, so minimize the number of transitions.

Remember, the most popular tool is not always the best choice. Just because your business colleague has been raving about a particular time tracking tool doesn’t mean it’s the right option for you. Time tracking tools—or any time management tools, for that matter—have different functions, features, and special abilities. Are all of them relevant to your business? How can using this particular tool help your staff? Make a checklist of Must-Haves, and Nice-to-Haves.

For better time management, smooth integration is key. Various tools can work in conjunction with one another. If you’ve decided that a time management tool is the smartest route to take, be sure to choose one that easily integrates with your current software applications.

This is a guest post from Anthony Codispoti, the founder of GetMyTime, a web-based time and expense tracking solution for small & medium-sized businesses.

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