Episode 3 The 5 tools/services/resources I use to be productive

 

Hi Angela here with that helpful chick and Welcome to our third episode so today I want to talk about the 5 tools/services/resources I use to be productive and organized.

I have many tools that I use in my day-to-day business. Many of them make my job so much easier. It is important to find the right tools that work for you. Here are just a few that I use everyday and how I use them.

Stardock Fences – This is a great organize Android desktop. now look at your desktop. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s just a computer term for your screen,  where you can have all your icons. Most people just have a big mess. you have a screen full of icons and you can never find anything. what stardock fences does is enable you to organize your icon in Little Boxes basically so Stardock fences check them out and let me know what you think

Speed Dial 2 –  this is basically a visual bookmark. I like it because I can see little thumbnail images for my bookmarks. I can also organize my bookmarks into categories. So I have all my bookmarks that have to do with social in one tab and then I have individual tabs for each of my clients to bookmark all of the sites that I access for them. Check out speed dial 2 and let me know what you think

Google Calendar – I was resistant for a long time I’m on using my Google Calendar. no good reason I just never bothered to use it. well a couple weeks ago I decided to check it out and man am I glad I did. I Have a scheduling calendar that I use and it connects to my Google Calendar. so anytime a client makes an appointment it’s added to my Google Calendar. and vice versa. what I really like about the Google Calendar is how easy it is to edit appointment. I can drag and drop them just like a page builder. if you’re not using Google calendar yet I suggest you give it a try I believe you will love it as much as I do.

Mozilla Thunderbird –  although this is not a perfect solution it has worked well for me for going on two years. I have built many websites over the years and as a result I have many domain specific emails. Thunderbird gives me a way to access all of my emails in one place. at last count I believe I had 20 emails. now who wants the login to 20 different places just to check some emails – not me.

Google Drive (cloud storage) – Cloud storage is I believe my favorite tool. I like it so much I upgraded and I actually pay for additional storage not only with Google Drive but with additional storage as well. About a year ago go in a laptop that one day just decided it would not load WIndows anymore. I thought I had lost all my information. I ended up buying a USB bus,  removed my hard drive from my laptop,  plugged the hard drive into the bus and was able to get all of my files by hooking it up to a second laptop. once I finish that I decided I did not want to be in that situation again. I decided I would only use cloud storage for all my important files.

but I took it one step further. in my Google Drive on a Google doc I have a list of every program I have installed on my computer as well as the link to the website it was downloaded from. all of my images documents spreadsheets everything is now stored in Google Drive.

now Microsoft Excel and Word Documents sometimes lose their formatting when opened and drive.  so I found another cloud storage service called knowhow cloud.  I can access it online from any device but I also have it synced on my computer. so when I have Excel sheets I save to that cloud so that I can be sure that the formatting Remains the Same.

Well that’s my list of tools  that help me everyday. I hope you found it useful. Tune In next time and I’m going to share 10 things that you may not know about me

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