I’ve been inspired to share the 6 tools that help me get things done after reading a recent post by William Stites (@wstites) titled, “Zero Inbox: Keeping Yourself Organized And Sane.” As Bill mentioned, I’m a disciple of the Getting Things Done (GTD) method and have been using it for a couple of years now. I credit the success of the method for me, and my ability to keep with GTD, on the fact that I’ve found tools that integrate nicely with my implementation of the GTD method. I purposely choose the word “my” in the last sentence because the overall strength of GTD is that each individual can tailor the basic principles to their work flow and life.
Nozbe is my new go to when it comes to managing the GTD method. I’ve previously written 3 reasons why iLove Nozbe, so I’ll skip the details here but if you are serious about using GTD with online tools please do yourself a favor and check out Nozbe.com.
If you plan on becoming a GTD ninja I think it’s imperative for you to check out Evernote. I’ve previously written 7 reasons why ilove Evernote, so I will once again skip the details here but the combination of Nozbe and Evernote has been invaluable in helping me to Get Things Done!
I’ve written alot about how much iLove Hootsuite. Quite simply, it remains the center of my social media life and helps me manage my school’s and my own social media channels. You owe it to yourself to check it out.
This tool is Twitter specific but helps me save a ton of time managing my Twitter followers. I’ve previously written 3 reasons iLove Topify and I encourage you to check out the details of the tool there. If you’re not using this tool to help you manage your Twitter accounts you are seriously wasting a lot of time. Do yourself a favor and check out Topify.
This tool has helped save my life. Well that might be a slight exaggeration but it has helped me keep balance between my personal life and work/social media life. I’ve previously written 3 reasons why iLove Boxcar but think it important to explain how Boxcar has helped me. Boxcar is an iPhone App that keeps track of my social media personal, professional, and school life. I used to get a sound every time there was an update to any of my social media channels and would feel compelled to check my phone. In the end I was checking my phone all the time and my social media life was consuming my personal life. Boxcar has allowed my to turn off the notification sounds so now when I decide to check my phone I can see all of my updates in one place and at one time.
Timely is a recent addition to my GTD arsenal but it is quickly becoming a favorite. Timely allows me to schedule tweets and the beauty of the system is that Timely selects the time of day to achieve the most impact. I’m still in the initial stages of using Timely and will report back when I have spent more time with the tool.
If you haven’t checked out these tools I encourage you to do so – each one is either free or offers a free option. If you’ve tried these tools before I would love to hear your experiences with them. If there is a tool that I failed to mention please let me know in the comments section below. Thanks again to William Stites for inspiring me to put this list together.