A Guide on Best Time Management Tools
We live in a world where there’s an app for everything. It’s easy to talk about great apps and clever solutions designed to organize our daily routines as if they are some kind of a Harry Potter wand capable of adding more hours by magic.
Alas, time-management software won’t cut it on its own. They are a helpful crutch. Not more, nor less. You’ll need to master the art of time management instead of relying on what’s essentially a glorified alarm clock.
Tip for time management: master the power of lists
If we were to rely on TED talks time management can be summarized as knowledge of where the time actually goes and then prioritizing one’s tasks accordingly. Yep, time management, at its core, is a to-do list. Big shocker, eh?
I know what you’re thinking. Don’t close the tab.
There’s more to a smart list than writing down the stuff you need to do (which, on its own, is helpful to visualize your goals).
A good time management list will never include vagueness. Instead, it is used to diversify tasks, goals, and projects.
Projects, tasks, and goals
Let’s take a look at an example: Doing something major such as learning a new language, or mastering digital painting, or becoming a chef in a fancy restaurant is a project. It is something you strive towards in the long-game. You’ll need to accomplish goals and tasks in order to get there.
Think about it this way. You want to become a programmer. Learning to code is your project. Finishing a book on coding in C# or Java is a goal as it is something you yourself need to do if you wish to succeed with said project. Investing in an online course or hiring a tutor is a task as you need to do something before being able to proceed towards the end-goal.
Understanding this diversification is key to using time management tools effectively. Speaking of which…
The best time management tools
Here’s a brief list of time-proven time management tools (no pun intended), I’ve been relying on for at least five years:
- Asana: This is a project management tool that aligns with the project, task, and goal approach perfectly. You’ll be able to break your day into individual tasks, track time, and share challenges with others if need be.
- ProofHub: This is a project management system similar to Asana. The cool part about it is the guys from NASA – you know, the people launching rockets into space – rely on it.
- Toggl: This is probably the simplest time – slash – project management tool on our list. It offers online and offline time tracking functionality, which is a great advantage.
- Timecamp: This is a great time tracker if you are a freelancer and would like to bill clients based on the time you’ve spent working on a task.
These are some of the coolest time management apps I’ve had the pleasure of relying on. Did I miss anything? What are you guys using to track daily progress?