5 tools to boost your productivity

1. Evernote with Skitch

Evernote is a popular and a powerful note taking app. It has lot of other functionalities than just note taking. This is about one of them. Skitch is a screenshot taking and simple editing tool which works flawlessly with Evernote. Picture speaks a thousand words. Just grab a screenshot, annotate and share. It can be done with just few mouse clicks. Leverage the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+5 to grab the screenshot instantly when after you install Skitch.

2. Trello

Trello is one of my favorite tools to manage tasks. It’s simple intuitive interface lets me keep track on my task and get them out of the list when they are done. I like the fact that they don’t try to do too many things . It lets you focus on your list not the bells and whistles that app has to offer. This can be used as a powerful collaboration tool when you want to maintain a queue of tasks and assign those to different people.

3. KeyPass

This is a free open source password management tool. It works without connecting to the internet (as a stand alone) and it is great for security. I was using Laspass for my password management. After they recently announced the breach in their servers I’m bit skeptical about using them anymore. Unlike Lastpass KeyPass will not sync your data with any outside data servers therefore more secure. One thing you need to be sure about is to never forget the master password.

4. Google docs

I have been a fan of Google docs since their start. This is a great tool if you just want to share some data with few people. You can also work on the same document rather than end up having several versions of the same file with duplicated data. Permission control allows you to choose who can edit and contribute to the document or just share it as a non editable document.

5. Pocket

Pocket is a read later tool which can be used to save a web page and come back later to read it. Well designed mobile and browser extensions make it very easy to use. You can even save the page you want it in your desktop browser and later read it in your mobile device clutter free. If you are not fond of browser bookmarks like me this is the the tool you should try.

Bonus – Learn keyboard short cuts

This is not a tool but will definitely pay off in the long run. Avoid tiresome mouse clicking and dragging. Learn keyboard shortcuts to speed things up.

What do you think about these tools? Do you use them already or do you have better alternatives? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please share your thoughts by commenting below. If you need any help on how to get started I will be happy to help.

4 Responses to “5 tools to boost your productivity”

  1. Lulu says:

    I’m going to give Evernote and Sketch a try, anything that saves time is a bonus!

  2. Mia says:

    Google docs and pocket are my fav. tools, Basically we use proofhub at our workplace for managing remote teams and projects (Complex and big one’s), Trello is good option if you are working on small projects but lack much advanced features.

    • Isuru Palliyaguru says:

      Hi Mia, Thanks for sharing. I agree with your comment on Trello. I haven’t used proffhub it seems like it does not have a free plan either. Try skitch if you haven’t already. It is very very handy when you want to show something on your screen rather than explaining it. I have posted an example in my previous reply to Lulu. 🙂