There is nothing more unproductive and frustrating than being looking for information on Internet without finding exactly what you are looking for. One of the best managers I have had the opportunity to meet once told me that searching Internet it is like being thirsty and want to drink from the hose of a firefighter. I will always remember that simile. Well, here I present the 10 most useful tricks to search in Google effectively and quickly. Probably you already know many of them, but others may help you refine your skills.
How often do you view yourself minimizing or closing browser tabs or apps to move to another one? This daily action is one of the most obvious reasons of loss of productivity. There are clear advantages on using web applications and apps, but one of the greatest handicaps caused due to them is the fragmentation of the user experience in managing different services and apps that together form part of the working space of a professional.
In this article I introduce the top 5 productivity plugins for Gmail web service widespread all around the world. With them, you will not have to jump from one to another tab or app. What a great gift, isn´t it?
The reason I focus my attention on Gmail productivity plugins is none other than this platform is, based on source I could have the chance to find, e-mail choice of most of small businesses and professionals across the world. According to figures presented on the February 2015 report by the firm Litmus -a company specializing in analysing the use of different email platforms to optimize e-mail marketing campaigns -Gmail ranks second among the most email platforms used with a market share of 18% (just behind Apple iPhone email client (26%). But compared with webmail platforms is the first followed by Outlook.com with 5% and Yahoo! Mail with 4%. Even more relevant if we take a year's perspective, the data shows that while Gmail has grown 75% year on year, Outlook.com and Yahoo! Mail have fallen by 12% and 16% YoY respectively. Takeaway that we must combine with report "Google in the Enterprise Survey" released by InformationWeek released at the end of 2013 in which they state that 63% of Small Business was supporting or with plans to support Gmail service.
The most agile way to manage a project is divide into a task list. Even on a personal level, if we are to undertake a more or less complex project, it is tremendously helpful to imagine the sequence of tasks that we must follow in order to achieve a successful conclusion our purpose.
However, in business world, it is not enough with just a powerful task management. Is required and even more today, having multiple additions. Some examples are: dividing a task into sub tasks, incorporating priorities, define deadlines, alerts and warnings, determining dependencies and incorporate workflows, notifications of project progress, dashboard or summary information, work on mobility or from any device, managing collaboratively, and a long etc. All of this is secondary without an element essential to my understanding. It is a question of a user experience of the app that is really simple and friendly. I would say attractive to the point that one would become much comfortable and professional, on several occasions a day, to go to the application to incorporate tasks or complete information and to check progress breakthrough.
After many years working with different task & project management tools on PC, Tablet or Smartphone, putting myself on the shoes of a professional or small business that requires a powerful, comprehensive but more afordable tool, I can recommend without a doubt the use of any of these 10 following tools . Each one with its pros and cons but, knowing them in advance, I hope to add value quickly to your business.
It gives dizziness what technology has evolved and what you are able to today at free, or very low price, in the professional world thanks to the mobile applications (apps) and to Software as Service (SaaS).
The success that has brought the apps and SaaS has led manufacturers not to conceive to develop an idea if it does not has a dimension delivered from Internet or that can be used from any Smartphone or Tablet. Also, with the great success and attraction of these technologies, there has been a multiplier effect and the developer community has grown exponentially. Situation that has led manufacturers to aim for differentiation. Differentiation based on providing more and better features and functionalities, more benefits, improvements on the user experience, premium support provided under business models that goes from Freemium to one sot cost, monthly fee and pay per usage.
productivefy´s blog is focused on analyzing apps and SaaS that, mainly under a free model, facilitates professional and small business key tools to simplify processes, fostering collaboration, improving productivity and efficiency as well as to give an accessible way for differentiating themselves against competitors due to the capacity to do more and better things without impacting on costs and/or investment increasement.
While benefits of the apps and SaaS are evident, due to the vast offer available and how difficult it is to choose the best option, given the detail and depth of analysis it would be required, it makes virtually impossible for professionals and small businesses to dedicate the required time to take the right decision. The main goal of productivefy´s blog is precisely to present useful information, really valuable and independent for professional and small business to assist and advise them in the decision taking so that they can adopt and use these valuable tools successfully.
I hope this proves helpful.