It’s only March, so technically you are still fresh into the New Year, which means it is totally okay if you are figuring out exactly how you are going to make the best of your professional life in 2018. Maybe you are going to get that coveted position in your company, start your own business, or take your startup to the next level.
Whatever it is that you want to do, it all begins with correctly managing your time. Since you have a million different items on your never-ending to-do list, it’s important that you strategize the most important tasks and determine what small steps you can take today to accomplish your big goals tomorrow.
The first step is to up your technological game — that old notebook containing your to-do list just won’t cut it anymore. It’s 2018, and it’s time to go digital. If you want to accomplish your objectives more efficiently this year, here are some of the top time management tools you can use.
Innovator and CreativeLive teacher Tim Ferriss is the king of time management. He has authored three best-sellers and advised 20+ startups. He believes the backbone of all his achievements is that he manages his time well. If you want to be more like Ferriss in 2018, then use one of his favorite tools, “Boomerang,” which he logs into every day.
Boomerang helps you manage your Gmail inbox more effectively. You can automatically archive emails you do not need at the moment, schedule emails to be sent, receive a message if someone does not reply to your email, send out follow-up messages and much more. Free your inbox, and free your mind for more pertinent tasks at hand.
If you feel like there are not enough hours in the day, and you are constantly struggling to stay on top of things, find a virtual assistant through Fancy Hands. You can make requests live or receive an answer within 24 hours, and pricing ranges from $29.99 for five requests per month to $199.99 for 50 requests per month.
Ari Meisel, CreativeLive teacher and author of “The Art of Less Doing,” recommends Fancy Hands. He said, “Everybody … should work with a virtual assistant at some point in their lives. Without fail… Because you can do it very cheaply … and working with a virtual assistant is a learning process for everybody in terms of how to be more efficient or how to efficiently delegate a task.”
Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and CreativeLive teacher Dr. Art Markman advocates for checking your to-do list. “Don’t hide your own to-do list from yourself because the sight of it stresses you out. The more intimately you know what still needs to get done, the better positioned you’ll be to actually do it.”
One of the ways you can keep your to-do list at the front and center of your mind is to utilize Evernote, an app that Ferriss and Meisel both love. Evernote lets you take and organize notes and lists, store your recipes, journal and share everything with others. If you want to use it for your business, it costs $12 a month per user.
Now is the time to find the time management app that’s right for you. With the best tools there are, you can be empowered to achieve new goals in 2018, and go further than you ever expected in your career.