5 Entrepreneurial Productivity Tools Online - Getting More Done Everyday
by Gogo Erekosima
Entrepreneurial productivity tools can refer to almost anything. In another context, they may refer to more intangible tools - grit or persistence, curiosity, and emotional intelligence.
In this article, I'll be sharing how to leverage entrepreneurial productivity tools online to get more done, and to get it done easier, faster, more conveniently, and more affordably than ever before.
You can improve your entrepreneurial productivity quite significantly, no matter whether you are the busy founder of a small founder of a small business or an overlooked sales professional with too many leads and not enough prospects.
In this article, I will share tools for dealing with attention management, prioritizing, and planning. If you suspect that your challenges are significantly psychological, I recommend a performance coach who is also licensed to deal with serious psychological roadblocks.
1. Mind-mapping Software
Mind mapping is one of the most versatile techniques for improving creativity and problem-solving skills. Mind maps can be used to plan projects, manage task flow, and brainstorm new priorities. Some mindmapping tools I really like include the free versions of the brain, mindjet, Xmind, Freemind (open source, but excellent). Some truly innovative mind mapping software services can pretty much double as fairly robust knowledge management systems.
2. Teleconference / Seminar / Webinar Tools
Virtual meetings with partners, assistants and vendors are a great way to save time, and get more stuff done. Teleseminar, webinar, and tele-conferencing tools allow a lot of flexibility for collaboration, virtual customer service, training and selling events. Some of my favorites include combining freeconferencecalling.com for teleseminars and join.me for screensharing (when recording is not needed), or gotomeeting and gotowebinar for hosting and recording. Another excellent tool which I've used to create recorded telesminars is called Instant Teleseminar.
3. Google Apps
Of the tools mentioned here, the applications suite from the folks at Google may be the single most important set of tools to be found online. They included Gmail (for email), Google Docs (now Google Drive - for online document sharing and project collaboration), as well as Google Sites (with which you can develop an intranet or website).
4. Online Project Management Software - Backpack
Backpack is a very highly regarded tool from the guys at 37signals.com. It is designed to be a lightweight project management and task tracking solution. It features a very elegant and intuitive design for organizing and sharing your information, and they offer a 30 day free trial. The basic plan with 4 Gigabytes of allowed storage (and up to 6 users) is still quite affordable.
Other solutions I like include paper moon, and bizpad.
5. Task Management Software (like Tadalist)
One of the most important books for entrepreneurs I have ever read is "The Checklist Manifesto" (written by a surgeon). It strongly illustrates the power of checklists in getting things done.
In the original version of this article, I mentioned tadalist. It has since been subsumed into Basecamp. There are other list sharing solutions that allow you to create and share lists with others - voo2do,todoist,Remember The Milk, 43Things, Toodledo. As long as you stick to one solution and use it consistently.
Conclusion - Beyond Entrepreneurial Productivity Tools
Ultimately, performance is determined by how a person handles the tools that they have to work with. If you have one of the entrepreneurial productivity tools above, test it before jumping off to something else, or else you simply will not be able to execute in rhythm when you need to.