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7/3/2016
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9 Digital Tools For A Productive Summer

These digital tools will help you stay more organized, productive, and efficient this summer, leaving plenty of time for fun in the sun.
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RescueTime
We've all been there: All of a sudden it's 5 pm and you feel you haven't gotten anything done. Where did the time go? RescueTime can tell you.
RescueTime is a personal analytics service for web and mobile use. It's designed to help you see where you get distracted so you can improve your work habits. The app runs in the background and tracks the time you spend on various apps and websites to give you a picture of how you spend your day. It then provides detailed reports documenting your activity.
With RescueTime, you can learn how many hours are spent in meetings, writing emails, or browsing social media. You can set alerts for when you have spent a certain amount of time on a specific task, or block entire websites to avoid distractions. As a reward, RescueTime will highlight the things you accomplished during the day.
RescueTime Lite is available, free. It lets you track time, set goals, and receive reports every week, and every three months. For $6.75/month or $54/year you can get the Premium version, which comes with daily goal alerts, website blocking, more detailed reports, faster data processing, and an unlimited report history. There is a 14-day free trial period for Premium.
The app is available for Mac, PC, Android, and Linux.
(Image: Google Play)

RescueTime

We've all been there: All of a sudden it's 5 pm and you feel you haven't gotten anything done. Where did the time go? RescueTime can tell you.

RescueTime is a personal analytics service for web and mobile use. It's designed to help you see where you get distracted so you can improve your work habits. The app runs in the background and tracks the time you spend on various apps and websites to give you a picture of how you spend your day. It then provides detailed reports documenting your activity.

With RescueTime, you can learn how many hours are spent in meetings, writing emails, or browsing social media. You can set alerts for when you have spent a certain amount of time on a specific task, or block entire websites to avoid distractions. As a reward, RescueTime will highlight the things you accomplished during the day.

RescueTime Lite is available, free. It lets you track time, set goals, and receive reports every week, and every three months. For $6.75/month or $54/year you can get the Premium version, which comes with daily goal alerts, website blocking, more detailed reports, faster data processing, and an unlimited report history. There is a 14-day free trial period for Premium.

The app is available for Mac, PC, Android, and Linux.

(Image: Google Play)

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Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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7/4/2016 | 7:40:53 AM
Good ideas
There's some really good examples in here. I'll have to give a few of these a try. 

Although not productivity related, I also really like Eyecar browser extension which recommends you take a break every 20 minutes to rest your eyes. Taking a quick break every now and again helps keep me focused.
paulno
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paulno,
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7/4/2016 | 10:31:47 AM
why not but i'm afraid it won't dramatically change your productivity
I tried "Rescue Me", it's a good app to highlight how you spend your time in the day and then adjust your working hours. That's one of the main problems today with all distractions we get on internet. Use it 3 or 4 times and it's enough, I saw that way I waste too much time on social networks and reading articles (something I already knew but it's really impressive but when get real figures).


I tried several apps like this without huge improvements but I'll test "Plan", it looks cute and clear, may be it can help a little bit to adjust some small things.

Best tool that improved my productivity recently is Power BI by Microsoft, however it's not a smartphone app.
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7/4/2016 | 11:35:59 AM
Great article
Great article, thanks. As an entrepreneur, I'm always trying to manage my time in the best way possible. What I have found to be the ultimate productivity hack is to setup a personalized browser start page with all the links and RSS feeds I frequently use. I'm using https://start.me for this and it saves me a few hours per week easily.
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7/8/2016 | 1:54:11 PM
Re: Great article
@Royce - I'd like to think I have my finger on the pulse of a lot of the productivity tools out there, including some of the ones mentioned in the article which I've found helpful.  I had never heard of start.me before - I like the idea of having a collective space for all this type of information - it should save loads of time clicking around favorites/bookmarks (which are different for me depending on which browser I'm in) and searching for things I often use.  I just signed up.  Thanks!
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