Free Tools for Improved Productivity & Time Management

Do you find getting everything done to be a constant struggle?  Those of us who manage businesses from our home often feel overwhelmed by too many things at once: the house, the kids, the pets, the business, the meals, the errands…. sometimes it feels like we just can’t get enough hours in the day even if we had octopus arms and twelve more hours.

If you read that nodding your head in agreement – fear not.  I know some handy free apps and tools that will help change your life.  Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but trust me.  I never knew a Firefox|Chrome add-on called Leechblock could be such an eye opener and time saver.

Free Tools to Increase Productivity

Do you find yourself checking emails, glancing at Facebook and Tweeting several times a day?  What you probably think is just a few seconds here and there averages up to many hours a week for the average user!  It’s sort of like the phenomenon of “Nickle and Dime” – you only spent a little, but over the course of a year those Latte’s or sodas add up to hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars.

Your time is a form of currency.  When you view it that way; it makes you less inclined to procrastinate and want to better manage your days.

Better Manage Your Time

Do you ever find yourself starting a million tasks and never finishing anything? Do you go to bed feeling like you didn’t get nearly enough done and wake up feeling confused or overwhelmed? Mindmapping and organization apps are super easy to use and can clear the chaos in your mind and get you focused and marking items off your to do lists at warp speed.  I didn’t know how much I needed tools like this until I started using them regularly! What a difference!

Fortunately, there are several completely free – and very handy gadgets out there to help you budget your time, organize the chaos and get you accomplishing more than you thought possible. 

I have written about all of these previously on Hubpages – so rather than reinvent the wheel here – I will direct you to this Hub which has direct links to the apps and software I use, along with tutorials on how to use them 🙂

I hope you’ll find they come in handy in every area of your life – from managing your “to do” lists, to finding more time to devote to your crafting business!

5 Free Tools for Increased Productivity & Organization

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Author: Christin

Christin has been loving life as a freelance writer and artist for 15 years and is dedicated to using her skills and creativity to help others succeed doing what they enjoy. She owns and runs several sites and blogs that center on her various passions, from simple living to art, design and writing. You can check out more of her work on HubPages at

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