“ The successful warrior is the average man, with laser focus.” – Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee practiced what he preached. He was a man who wanted to conquer challenges during the toughest times of his life, and he hurdled through them all with outstanding strength and perseverance. He wanted to learn how to dance and he became one of the best. He wanted to master martial arts and he became a legend.
Plus, Bruce Lee kicked like a boss.
I’m pretty sure if he were still alive he would be one of the best productivity gurus of our time. He knew what he wanted to achieve, and was laser focused on reaching those goals.
This list will not teach you to break bones or bricks, nor teach you to do the Bruce Lee howl, but it will give you tools that will help you reach your goals (like a boss).
Goal Setting Online Application: Lifetick
The first step to achieving something is knowing what it is that you want to achieve.
Setting goals serves as your compass, and will help break down your day-to-day life and tasks so that you can eventually reach them. Lifetick is a great goal setting tool to help you establish your core values, write down your goals, and follow through by monitoring them. It’s a simple, straightforward software that makes goal setting more fun and actually helps you achieve them in the long run.
Online Application to Monitor Productivity: Rescue Time
This app is perfect for those who spend a lot of time working on computers. RescueTime monitors what you do while on the computer and then generates a report to let you know how productive (or unproductive) you are, and the data it presents can be an eye-opener. RescueTime can help you pinpoint the causes of your inefficiencies, improve self-management, and start measurable changes so you can work your way to achieving your goals.
Application to Manage Your Social Media Profiles: Hootsuite
Whether you’re working from home, running your small business, or collaborating with a team of social media experts, Hootsuite can help you manage and update your different social media profiles. You can track your interactions with customers, schedule your updates, make automatic updates, and have an insight about your social media presence using their intricate reporting features.
How to Remember Everything: Evernote
Evernote really does what it promises: it helps you remember, well, everything. You can capture information anywhere you are using your smartphone or your web browser. If you want it to, it can effectively take over the role of pen and paper in this digital age.
Manage Your To-Do List: Wunderlist
Wunderlist is a wonderful free and simple productivity tool. It does wonders in helping you organize the things that you need to do at work, at home, or for any task that you have in mind. It has fantastic mobile capabilities and you can easily sync it up and use it on any of your mobile devices. You can also involve others by sharing your list to them via email or anyone on board.
Applications to Help You Manage Your Time: FocusBooster
FocusBooster is another free app that works well for those who want to manage their time and boost their productivity. This app makes use of the principles of the Pomodoro Technique. Pomodoro helps you get most of your schedule by picking a task, setting the timer to do that task, and taking short breaks in between. FocusBooster provides a very simple interface to help you use this technique and check your accomplishments on your to-do list as you go along.
Never Forget A Password Again: LastPass
LastPass really lets you take a breather in remembering tons of passwords for your different logins. You can log into your websites with just a few clicks of the mouse. The app securely stores your passwords online and even helps you create super-secure passwords.
How to Organize Your Projects: TrackVia Project Management App
TrackVia’s prebuilt Project Management App allows you to easily set milestones, track and assign key tasks, and stay connected with team members all with this centralized, easy-to-use Project Management template application. This prebuilt application includes six connected tables for tracking milestones, projects, tasks, discussions, attachments and team members. It allows you to easily track your time spent on each task, keep real-time reports that keep management apprised of project status, set automated reminders, and more.
Sleep Soundly: SleepCycle
One key factor to productivity and achieving your goals is your body getting enough rest. SleepCycle is a bio-alarm clock that studies the patterns of your sleep and encourages you to wake up when you are on your lightest phase of sleep, which is when the body rises most comfortably. SleepCycle will help you start your day right and carry on to be productive through the rest of the day.
Best Application to Help You Get in Shape: Nexercise
Productivity depends heavily on how healthy you are. Sadly, working hard for long hours shortens your life expectancy. You need to keep your body healthy by exercising at least twenty minutes a day (go back a few words…read: At Least). Nexercise is one among the hoards of health apps that try to keep you moving. You can choose from exercise regimens like biking, running, yoga, aerobics, among others. You can also monitor your activities and you can even earn free rewards for working out.
We want to point out though these productivity tools are just tools. It is up to you still to do things so you can achieve your goals. And you can start now.
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