One of the best things about working in the digital age is the multitude of tools available to help you ease your workload. Using digital tools, you can automate menial tasks, offload manual ones, manage teams easily, and simplify your work life in a multitude of ways.
Here are a few great ways to use technology to ease your workload.
Managing Your Blog, Twitter and Facebook
Use automation tools to make managing your blogging and social media easy.
If you regularly cross post between these three platforms, do so with an automation tool. Copying and pasting between platforms takes a long time. There are all kinds of services that can automate this for you.
Also, use scheduled posting services to help you batch your social media efforts and keep your blog and social media pages regularly updated.
Online Project Management
Online project management tools can help relieve a lot of the stress that comes with managing a team. Even if you’re managing an in-person team, it may be a good idea to use online project management tools.
With these tools, you can track who’s responsible for what, track tasks that still need to be done, brainstorm ideas, store files and more.
Use Productivity Tools
Productivity tools like Time Doctor or Getting Things Done filing systems make it easy to optimize your workflow.
For example, you can use tools that automatically track what you’re doing every minute of the day to figure out how you can be more effective. You can use software that blocks you from accessing non-productive sites like Facebook during work hours.
You can also use these tools with your team members.
Outsource Tasks Online in Minutes
Need a digital menial task done for you? You can easily outsource most tasks for as little as $3 an hour. Simply use an online outsourcing company, or head over to Elance or Upwork to find overseas personal assistants. I’ve personally mostly used Upwork (formerly known as oDesk) and have had great results. One that I used that I didn’t like was freelancer.com. I do not like the way they handle the payments.
Share Files and Notes Quickly
Use tools like Sync Secure Cloud File Storage, Dropbox, and Evernote to share files among everyone on your team. You no longer have to work really hard to try to get everyone on the same page in terms of files and documents.
These are just some of the many ways technology can help ease your workflow. Always be on the lookout for new ways to save time or energy by using better technology.