My Top 5 Productivity Tools for Business Owners

Top 5 Productivity Tools for Self-Employed Business Owners

“How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.” — David Norris

Time is precious in my book.  It is the one thing that once it is gone, you can’t get it back.  That is why I find it so important to be in the flow when it comes to how you choose to intentionally spend your time.  As a business owner how you use time is crucial to:

  • Earning money and profitability
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Serving customers well and delivering high quality work
  • The ability to expand and grow

Just to name a few…

Clients and colleagues ask me all the time about what tools I use to simplify and be more productive.  While what is or is not considered productive is definitely personal: Some people love time blocking their schedule for instance while others rage against and would take root canal over time blocking.  One thing is common across most people.  The easier, more convenient, and  consistent your systems are, the more likely you are to use and benefit from them.

Here are my top 5 current favorites for making life easier, getting the right things done, and freeing yourself up for what matters most to you.


This handy note taking and filing app can be used on the web and via mobile devices (Android and iOS).  It is like a giant filing system of notes you take, web sites that you “clip”, or articles you save.  The power is in the tagging. By tagging each note with a category of your own making you basically have a compendium of important stuff at your fingertips wherever you go.

I use this as a swipe files for ideas to use with clients, marketing ideas, and quick notes from seminars, and important tips I receive. I also use it to track books I want to read, wines I want to buy, and recipes I find.  It is easy, versatile, and free (there is a premium version but I haven’t needed it yet and I use this all the time).  So free yourself of sticky notes and random pages of magazines and check out Evernote here.


Do you create to-do lists?  Who doesn’t?  This app is a brilliant way to capture all your to-do lists in a way that makes sense. You can nest them, tag them, search them, and mark them complete.  It works via the web and mobile devices (Android, iOS).  I use this to capture immediate to-do’s and takeaways from meetings and seminars. I also use it for tasks I want to get to but not immediately. This way I don’t forget and I have a focus point for my efforts. Check out Workflowy here. [Read more…]

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