Tools form a fundamental part of our lives. All your daily tasks will become much easier to accomplish if you find the perfect tools for the job. Just imagine digging a deep hole with bare hands as opposed to using machinery. Which one will take more time? Which one will require more effort?
Just as well as any other task, getting oriented in the 2.0 world requires not only skills, patience and commitment, but also an effective set of tools that will make your life easier. Here’s a list of 5 tools that should not be missed:
- Gmail - A clear winner in the email department. This tool alone will save you precious time and nerves to an extent you would never even dream of. Stop checking multiple accounts – you can receive email from multiple email addressed inside Gmail. Get rid of overflowing inbox in which you look for that specific reply to a thread of messages from the same person, all the time. Gmail orders your messages into conversations so you always have your emails in context and can easily keep track of the latest additions. Just go and do it. Get a gmail account and see the wonders. Your productivity will skyrocket and you will wonder (like me in the first few weeks) how you could have waited so long.
- Launchy – Find stuff faster. Open programmes on your computer with an easy keyboard shortcut of your choice. Launchy helps you do things faster. It finds documents, images, videos on your harddrive (or even webpages) and opens them within seconds. It is a very powerful tool. I hear Google Desktop can do similar things yet I find it a bit intrusive on my computer screen. This is why I prefer Launchy as my fast launching and finding tool.
- Tweetdeck - Do you use Twitter? And do you still use only the online basic version? Why? Tweetdeck makes tweeting much easier and more user-friendly. Keep one column for those that you are following. See who mentions you in a second column. Search. Save. Look up users. Tweet from the same window. Hide what you’ve already read. Tweetdeck has an automatic link shortener and you can tweet with a single click. The organisation certainly pays off.
- Skype – Skype is a great and essential tool especially for those of us leading “international” lives. As I study abroad, I use Skype to connect with my family and friends back at home. Skype can also be used as a cheap alternative for your international business calls or as a complete replacement for a mobile phone. I especially like the video and video-conference abilities.
- Evernote – I’ve written on the wonderful uses of Evernote for getting organised before in the Get your life organised – Evernote article. Evernote simply creates a cross-platform way of storing anything you come across in your daily life – be it an idea, pdf, video, picture. It is great as a reminder tool or as a searchable backup of all your sticky and other paper notes. It is highly portable and usable and will make your life much easier.
So here is the list of 5 tools I think you should be using in this wonderful new world. Do you have any essentials to add? Do you agree or disagree with any of these? Please comment.