There are many reasons you may want to boost your productivity and monitor the results. If you’re starting out with a new business, then every second is precious and could mean the difference between reaching your targets this month and not. Likewise, if you’re an established business owner, you may want to look for ways to cut down on time wasting activities such as scheduling and communication.
There are many tools available for free online which will help you streamline your working process and keep a close eye on how long you’re spending on productive and unproductive tasks. If you’re running a social media campaign alongside your regular business activities, then keeping track of how long you dedicate to this can be a real eye-opener. It’s amazing how often 30 minutes on Facebook can turn into 2 hours.
I’ve been test driving a few this week, partly out of curiosity, and partly out of a desire to brush out the cobwebs and have a bit of a productivity spring clean.
Ever wonder how much of your time per week is leeched by unproductive habits? Well now you can see it – plotted on a graph – and you may need to sit down to read the results. This program will quietly judge you in the background as you go about your daily business. You’ll then be able to see a round up of which programs and websites you use most often, and when.
Why is this so great: If you’re running a social media campaign this is a must have tool for ensuring you stay on target with your timing. I wouldn’t suggest you use this to monitor your workforce, as that would be intrusive and show a lack of trust, but it may be a good idea to encourage everyone to use it for their own benefit. If you’re a tight knit team, your productivity could even get competitive.You’ll find yourself competing, with yourself, to keep your productivity high throughout the day.
Cool Tricks: My favourite feature is being able to decide which activities are productive and which aren’t. While I was setting up my profile I had to select news and opinions as a productive task, whereas most people would consider this distracting. Likewise, if Social Networking is productive to you, but you find scheduling an endless chore, you can incorperate these preferences into your profile for more accurate results.
The Downside: There is the obvious privacy issue, as you’re essentially uploading all of your computer activity to a website. Rest assured, they take their security very seriously.