There's an App for That!
It is the 22nd Century and technology is abundant. There are so many applications, software and online programs that make running a business so much more efficient. So why are some businesses still doing things the hard way?
The answer, it's easy, comfortable and familiar. Change can be hard, especially if your business is going well and what you have been doing is what got you there in the first place.
However, as your business grows, you are going to need more tools and resources to maintain the momentum and keep up with the competition. If you are going to scale, you can't go it alone anymore.
Today I am going to share some of the apps available to make your life and your business just a little easier. Let's face you can't continue to just your calendar to make sure things are getting done.
If you are beginner or part of the resistance, I will start with the simplest and move to the more robust.
Calendar Apps (That Also Manage Tasks)
Ok, I know I said you can't continue to try and manage your action plan in your calendar, I still stand by that, but if you are stubborn and insist on using a calendar app then at least try one of these so you get a few more features that will help you develop a plan to improve your productivity.
- Calendars 5
- Business Calendar 2
These apps allow you keep simple lists and reminders in a planner / calendar format. You can download the app to your phone so that you always have a reminder of what you need to do at your fingertips.
Get It Done Apps
Need more than a simple to-do list? These apps allow you prioritize and organize your tasks. These apps are designed to get it out of your head and on to "paper" so to speak.
These babies can capture, track and monitor your long list of to-dos. If you have read any of my previous posts, you know I am not a fan of traditional to-do lists because they do not create a sense of action or priority. They tend to be a dumping ground for all those you have put off. To ensure you create a plan, working the plan and have resources to help you, check out one of these task managing apps:
- The Hit List
Simple To-do List Apps
These apps are a little meatier than a calendar, and give you that satisfaction of cross or checking off an completed task. Most of them are free as well, which, is great when you are getting started.
- Google Task
- Microsoft To-Do
- Apple Reminders
- Google Keep
- Remember the Milk
- I Done This
Project Management Apps
These bad boys are more robust. They are designed to manage larger scale projects to ensure you are staying on track and within budget and scope. If you are not familiar with project management philosophies, that's ok, because these apps are designed to walk you through. Once you see the power of a good project management tool, those old calendars will be a thing of the past when it comes to managing your work.
- Kanban Flow
Wrapping it Up
The difference is the capabilities. Dependent upon how you think or work, and whether you need to share your tasks or projects with others, will depend on the right tool for you. If you want to know more about these tools you can grab the app reviews from the Value Add Library by clicking on this or the link at the top of the screen.
To learn more about what type of thinker you are and get the most out your favorite app, join the Action with Intention challenge starting each Sunday in June.
Remember, if it can be automated, there is probably an app for it!