The virtues of productivity tools such as Evernote and Dropbox and practice management software like Rocket Matter are extolled widely. Here are a few that are not as well known but can be useful for ramping up productivity at the office, home, or on the road.
1. TextBlade – In court, at a conference or on the train, ease the burden of entering text on your phone with this touch-typing keyboard for your mobile devices. What separates this from other portable keyboards besides the smart, MultiTouch keys? You can fold it up when you’re done and tuck it away in your pocket.
2. Process Street – The checklist is a valuable tool for lawyers. Check out this simple, powerful way to create rich, recurring checklists and procedures that you can share with your team and embed anywhere, boosting productivity and getting everyone on the same page.
3 Five Sentences – More a philosophy than a tool, this practice addresses the problem of long emails. It’s a personal policy that all email responses regardless of recipient or subject will be five sentences or less. I’ve tried this on most emails for the past couple of years and it works. The maxim, “If I had more time I’d write a shorter letter” holds true here: You’ll need to spend a few more minutes whittling down emails but the reward is more time gained in reading replies (brevity begets brevity) and in the number of people that actually read your emails and respond in a timely manner.
4. MightyText – Text from your computer, synched with your Android phone and number. The latest version of OS X provides continuity between Apple devices allowing me to receive phone calls and reply to text messages without picking up my phone. For many of us who spend much of our working days staring at a computer screen, this functionality is convenient and a time-saver. The MightyText app does much of the same for Android devices.
5. Sidekick by HubSpot – A browser plugin from inbound marketing behemoth, HubSpot, that provides powerful contact insight right in your inbox. See a person’s title, company, social profiles, recent conversations, email opens/clicks, and other email activity. See where, when, and how many times they opened an email and clicked in it. Great for anyone who wants to increase their email productivity and networking.
Give these tools and practices a test drive and find out which works for you.
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