Published: January 25, 2011
You might have read the some posts about apps to boost your productivity but in this post, we are taking a step ahead by bringing more such applications for you that you can use for free and can take your productivity to the next level.
Jing is a great free application that can capture a picture or create a short video of anything on your computer screen. Now, you don’t have to waste lots of your time on chat or email to understand the problem of your client. Jing adds a pictorial aspect to your online conversations by enabling you to share screenshots of your monitor with others.
The other free application you must have on your computer is Pidgin. Pidgin is a free IM client that you can use to chat with your clients and friends over different networks at one place. In short, now you do not need to install different IM applications like – Google talk, yahoo messenger, MSN , ICQ etc because Pidgin can do this all alone.
RescueTime is a small tool that once installed will keep track of all your activities like websites you visit most, application you used and for how much time, time you are spending on social media sites so you can get an idea of how you are spending your time and can improve your productivity.
Time Doctor is another advanced time tracking application with lots of features and benefits that will help you to enhance your overall productivity. Some of the ways in which you can use Time Doctor are to keep track of time you spent on distracting websites, to focus on high priority tasks, to measure time you spend on social media, email or chat etc.
LeechBlock is a simple Firefox extension that you can use to block all the time-wasting sites. With LeechBlock, you can specify up to six set of sites, you want to block at day and time of your choice and for how much duration. LeechBlock also keep track of the time you’ve spent in browsing the blocked sites in each set.
Remember the Milk
Remember the Milk is a free reminding service that you can use for receiving reminders of your tasks. Remember the milk provides lot of options to their users like how they wish to receive their reminders (email/skype/twitter or SMS etc) and when they want to receive it – on the day of task or a day before it and at what time. With, Remember the Milk stay assured that you won’t forget anything important.
Todoist is a free to do list and task manager that you can use to become more organized and productive. With Todoist, you can set due dates of your tasks and keep track of tasks that needed to get done today so you can focus only on urgent and important tasks.
Toggl is another online free time tracking application you can use to see how you spend most of your time. With Toggl, you can start time tracking with a single click, track time spend on each task and create reports. It is a great tool for freelancers who charge by hours.
Lino is a free online service that you can use to take notes of everything and anything you want. And the good thing is that you can access your notes from anywhere just by logging in to your account. Also you can set a due date for each task and receive reminder on your email.
Simple Note Application
Simple Note Application is free online application to keep your notes, lists, ideas and anything else you want to remember that you can access from everywhere on your computer , mobile or web browser.
MindMeister is a great mind mapping application that was designed with intention to allow global brainstorming sessions. With MindMeister you can collaborate with your team or your clients (at different parts of world) and can create your own real-time mind maps which means that you can instantly see the changes your fellow editors make in their mind maps and vice versa.
So, these are the 11 free applications you can use to improve your productivity. What applications you use for your work? Please share them with us in the comments below.