It’s important that your firm be as productive as possible in these trying times, and software apps can help you stay that way.
For example, if you’re working from home but are having trouble staying on task without getting distracted, an app like RescueTime may be just what you need.
“RescueTime automatically tracks the amount of time you spent on apps, websites, and social networking sites,” says Emily Heaslip for CO. “Set alerts to flag when you’ve spent too much time on a certain activity, like scrolling through Instagram or reading the news. Understand where time goes with no manual entry required.”
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6 Productivity Apps for Your Law Firm
Here are six other apps for you to consider, courtesy of Heaslip and CO (all quotes are from the article):
1. The challenge: personal scheduling. The solution: Woven. What it does: “Woven is a better calendar tool that uses artificial intelligence to help you keep your commitments straight. It won the 2019 Appy Award for best productivity app, and it’s easy to see why. Integrated scheduling links use keywords in your email to suggest calendar appointments. Availability polls, transit maps, appointment templates, and advanced time analytics all make scheduling your day faster and more straightforward than any other calendar tool.”
2. The challenge: managing expenses. The solution: Expensify. What it does: “Expensify is for “everyone who hates expense reports”, according to their website. If you travel frequently for work or file expense reports regularly, this app is crucial. It integrates with Uber and HotelTonight to record expenses as you go, automating the entire receipt and expense management process.”
3. The challenge: remote collaboration. The solution: Asana. What it does: “Asana is a project management tool that lets you assign tasks, follow progress, share notes, upload files and more. It’s a great way to collaborate with different employees. Or, simply use it as a mobile checklist to make sure you’re prioritizing your tasks for the day and checking them off as you go. Asana integrates with Slack, Google Drive and Dropbox.”
4. The challenge: getting organized. The solution: Todoist. What it does: “Free up brain space by dumping all your to-do lists, things to remember and notes in Todoist’s clean interface. This task management tool, like Asana, digitizes your daily, weekly or monthly to-do list to make tracking your tasks a lot more clear. You can delegate within the tool and see how small steps are helping you work toward bigger goals.”
5. The challenge: employee scheduling. The solution: When I Work. What it does: “Shift scheduling is often one of the biggest time-consuming tasks in a business owner’s week. When I Work cuts down on this particular burden by managing time-off requests, finding replacements to cover shifts by sending notifications to team members, letting employees grab open shifts and integrating with business accounting software to make payroll easier. The tool reportedly saves an average of 8 hours per week on employee scheduling.”
6. The problem: marketing. The solution: Buffer. What it does: “Managing multiple social media platforms can take a lot of time out of your day, especially if you get distracted along the way. Buffer lets you plan and schedule posts ahead of time on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn, all from one simple dashboard. Set the time and date, add an image, write copy and the platform will take care of posting for you.”
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