High Five / Team ltd Picks

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Presenting the first “Team ltd” version of High Five! Our very own copy editor, Noelle Hale, is chiming in with her must-have resources. Her selection of never-featured picks will both contribute to the productivity of your workday and provide you a welcome diversion from it.

Toggl is an amazing time-tracking tool that helps me stay (mostly) sane when I am working on 82 things at once. Whether you need to keep track of time spent working on different clients or projects, or just want to get a better sense of how much time you devote to various tasks throughout the day, this free (yes, free!) software and app will help you do it. It tracks your time, allows you to easily create reports, and even syncs with project management sites like Asana.

I might be a little bit obsessed with Product Hunt. I should give fair warning that scrolling through the list of new and fabulous and fascinating products that are featured each day can actually detract from your productivity. But we have made some great finds here, like Slack (a team communication tool that allows messaging, stores all messages and files, and is searchable) and Email Finder (an app that will find you a valid email address with just a name and a company URL). You can also go into “Collections” to find curated selections of products to meet a specific need, like “PR Hacks” that startups can use to find journalists and get press.

If you use a Gmail-based email program, Boomerang is an essential tool for managing it. Don’t want your clients to know you were feverishly writing emails at 2am? Use Boomerang to schedule them to be sent at a more respectable time. Don’t have time to deal with an email but don’t want it to sink to the bottom of your inbox? Use Boomerang to remove it and send it back to you at a later time of your choosing. Want to make sure you don’t lose track of sent emails that were never replied to? Use Boomerang to remind you to follow up. Boomerang is the bomb(erang).

Last month, I got a Lumo Lift for Mother’s Day. More because I asked for it and less because my family is trying to tell me I’m a sloucher (I think). I spend a lot of hours hunched over my laptop and was intrigued by this device that was named one of The 25 Best Inventions of 2014 by Time magazine. You wear it just below your collarbone and it gives you a little buzz whenever your posture starts to fail you. I’ve been using it for the last month and can enthusiastically report that it’s made me much more mindful of sitting up straight and holding my shoulders back while I work. And that’s nothing to slouch at. (Sorry.)

Finally, one recurring theme in the submissions we receive is that the entrepreneurs we profile can’t live without music! Spotify comes up a lot, and dance party breaks are apparently de rigueur in many of your (very fun-sounding) offices. And we get it! But the next time you’re taking a group break and need a tension-relieving, laugh-inducing, music-celebrating moment, check out DubSmash. It’s an app for your phone that allows you to take video of each other singing along to small snippets of songs (or reciting movie or TV dialogue), and the results are often hilarious. Enjoy it. But then get back to work!

 

Image: [Laura Grier]

Copy Editor: Noelle Hale is a writer/editor/proofreader/wordsmith who in a former life was a lawyer and senior sales executive for legal research and education companies. She has known Nada Jones for 20 years and one of their first collaborations was the ill-advised completion of the LA Marathon without actually having trained for it first. After many wonderful years spent living and working in New York and Los Angeles, Noelle and her husband and their two children are now happily ensconced in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.

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