Description: Mila is a time-saver because it basically makes sure that you don't have to copy-paste email addresses from your inbox to your spreadsheet, and then from there to MailChimp. So it automatically syncs your inbox to your marketing tools, pretty sweet. It also lets you sort all contacts into categories, so that you can mark who is a customer, who could be a customer, who is a friend, who you met at a conference, etc.
Description: Commit to 3 allows your team to collaborate on 3 tasks per day, the 3 tasks most important to get done for the day. I wish it were set up better for individual use, but the app really seems designed for teams. Please let me know if there is a similar solution for individuals.
Description: Pomodoro is Italian for tomato, and I'm not sure why breaking up your time into 25 minute blocks of work followed by 5 minutes of anything else is called the pomodoro technique, but it is, and it works. Pomodoro One is a handy app (sorry, Mac only) that just runs a timer telling you to work for 25 minutes, then giving you a 5 minute break. After a few of these, you get rewarded with a luxurious 15 minute break.
Link: on itunes.apple.com
Description: The hardest thing about having a job on the internet is just how fascinating and distracting being on the internet all day can be. Rescue Time will monitor all your computer usage (or just the 9 to 5 use if you want) and show you in detail how you are using, or wasting, your time. A weekly report lets you know if you're being more or less productive and focused than previous weeks. Get insight into how you're really spending your hours and pinpoint time sucks and things you should eliminate from your routine.
Description: When I'm working at a coffee shop or a coworking space that's too noisy, I like to put on headphones and listen to static. Maybe that makes me sound like a crazy person, but it blocks out all outside distraction and makes me focus entirely on the task in front of me. Try it, it works.
Description: If static is too boring for you, A Soft Murmur allows you to blend ten sounds together, like a fire crackling, coffee shop background noise, singing bowls, waves crashing, etc, in order to produce the most soothing cacophony you need in order to focus and block out the outside world.
Link: A Soft Murmur
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