I am always on the look out for ways to work more efficiently and to minimise the amount of time I spend online. Here are a few of the tools that I use to help me achieve that.
If you haven’t tried this yet then I really recommend you have a go. You can set up alerts for your own business name and see if you are mentioned anywhere online. Or you can set up alerts for things that you are interested in. Very efficient and very useful. I have found out about exhibition opportunities, seminars and places to buy film using this. As well as being able to see when you are referenced elsewhere.
Again , a free tool to help you see who is visiting your site , how long they stay and other useful details. There are some good explanation on the Etsy site about how it all works – here.
I’m planning a few trips during the next little while so have been setting myself up with DropBox. I’ve done a few trials with it, but will be testing it out “for real” next week. Looks good so far. Have you had good experiences with it ? Do you have a different method for accessing your material while travelling ?
More for fun than a work tool, but I like it because things can be posted quickly and easily by email and this makes it easy to update while travelling. Also, you can forward posts to your other accounts such as Twitter and Facebook which keeps things streamlined when you are away from your normal base.
And then extremely low -tech “pinger”
What more can I say. Kitchen timer or Iphone alarm or any shade in between. I swear by setting a timer for 15 minutes. Once I get going I set the time for 45 -55 minute chunks – works much better than just working “all the time”.
And one for luck – SocialOomph.
Again , a new one for me, but so far it looks very interesting. I am all for anything that will help me be efficient in terms of all those places online that need updates and food every day. I’d like to be spending more time taking photos and working on design projects and less time tending to these things. Hopefully this will be one way to achieve that aim.
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