4 Tools To Increase Your Productivity And 8 Things You Can Do With Newfound Spare Time

If you’re running a small business, chances are you might find yourself having a hard time finding minutes in the day for everything you need to do. Are you as efficient as you could be? Are your time management skills up to the challenge?

Well, there are a couple of things you can do to SEE how you’re spending your time. It’s like a self-audit on your time. CMIT Solutions was kind enough to send us a list of ways to keep tabs on your time to identify waste, and opportunities for increased productivity.

Check it out:

Remember the Milk

Probably the most ubiquitous time tracking tool out there, Remember the Milk is available as a web app and on most popular smartphones. Remember the Milk seamlessly integrates with Outlook, Google Calendars, and Gmail. It even works with Siri.

Daily Agenda

In a perfect world, all our daily activities would be managed on a single calendar, but sometimes that’s just not possible. Your business appointments in Outlook, your family activities in Google or iCal, social events in Facebook, and the myriad of other group and community calendars that we inevitably subscribe to in order to stay on top of things—Daily Agenda will keep track of them all in a single app. Supports Notification Center in devices running iOS 5 and up.


If you use Basecamp for project management, Timy is an excellent tool for tracking time, as it integrates nicely with Basecamp’s billing system. Available for many smartphone platforms, Timy is a breeze for task-management on the go.

Microsoft Outlook

Yes, even Microsoft Outlook can be used as a time-tracking tool. You’ll just need to enable the “Journal” feature. In Outlook 2010, go to File→Options→Notes and Journal, the click the button that says “Journal Options.” Check which activities and applications you’d like Outlook to keep track of, and Outlook will record them in a convenient journal.

Check out our archives for more tips on increasing employee productivity!

Now, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Vincenzo, what am I supposed to do with all my free time once I’ve optimized my productivity?” I’m glad you asked. You could:

  • Go on a trip
  • Start another business
  • Spend time with your family
  • Join Vine.co and make a bunch of six second videos about your food
  • Teach a horse to jump over hedges
  • Learn Mandarin Chinese
  • Start a secret society
  • Fashion a hat from old board games you have lying around

The possibilities are really limitless. Maybe you can suggest a few more in the comments! What are you going to do with all your newfound spare time? And let us know how you optimized your productivity!

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Vincenzo Ravina is a writer, journalist and giraffe enthusiast from Halifax, Nova Scotia. You can learn more at his website, http://VincenzoRavina.com, or follow him on Twitter at @RavinaSBT.

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