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Take Charge of Your Productivity with These Time Management Tools

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Submitted by Tim Roper on Thursday, February 09, 2012
“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin

Often find yourself wondering where all the time goes? Much in the same way that keeping track of expenses reveals where your money goes, keeping tabs on your time can help you make more efficient use of it by identifying waste and opportunities for increased productivity.

But first, you need a way to track it. Take a look at this list of time management tools:

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, Apple’s digital assistant on the iPhone 4S.

GoodToDo – GoodToDo uses your email account as a task management tool. If you receive an email you need to follow up on tomorrow, you simply forward it to tomorrow@goodtodo.com, and the email will appear as a task on your GoodToDo portal. Watch this demo to see it in action.

Timy – 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, then 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.

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