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You have probably heard a lot of conflicting advice when it comes to being more productive at work. One person says to forgo email in favor of a cloud solution while another recommends scheduling fewer meetings. However, a solution that works for one employee or department might not work for another. That’s why knowing about as many business productivity tools as possible is so important.

With new tools and applications released all the time, you can always upgrade if the one you choose doesn’t seem to meet your needs. Below are four proven time-savers that you just might want to check out before the new year arrives.


Assuming that you work as part of a team and not by yourself, this cloud-based project management tool can save everyone a lot of time. Billed as a productivity tool for teams, Asana makes it easy for everyone involved in the project to stay on-task and organized. You can keep all tasks and projects in one spot and then assign different tasks to various users. Each person checks off individual tasks as they complete them, leaving the project manager to close out the entire project.

Asana is free for the first month. After that, it costs $21 for up to five team members. You can expect to pay slightly more for each team member that you add to the project.


Most people these days use their smartphone for both personal and business reasons. The application Evernote allows you to save text and audio notes, upload attachments, set reminders for yourself and others, organize photos, and much more. You can then sync the information across all mobile and desktop devices that you use. With Evernote’s bookmarklet feature, you can save an article on one device and read it when you have time on another device.


If you manage or are part of a social media team for your company, HootSuite helps you track all your accounts from a single location. After logging into the dashboard, you can view your performance metrics on each platform, organize lists of followers, schedule posts for your company’s different social media sites, assign social media assignments to other members of the team, and other essential tasks.


If you’ve had the experience of greatly overestimating or underestimating how much time it would take to complete a project, then you need Toggl. With this application, you simply click on the timer button when you start the project and again when you take breaks or end it. You can also view reports from how you spent your time during the week or month. This is great information to share with management as well.


At Palmetto Payroll, we understand that productivity is important. If we can offer additional time-saving suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your account representative.