Six tools to run your business and yourself better

Six tools to run your business and yourself better

It’s no doubt we’re living in a digital age, and while it provides efficiency, it also provides distraction.

May 8, 2019

If you’re not working in your business, you’re probably working on it. As a business owner, it’s easy to get worn out and run down between managing emails, phone calls, employees and a personal life.

At the 2019 Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association annual meeting, Ren Laforme from the Poynter Institute shared a few tools to help run your work life – and personal life – a little better.

Tools for work:

ContactOut. With this Google Chrome plug in, your browser turns into an email database. It’s integrated with LinkedIn and supplies you with contact information for whoever you’re trying to contact. The plug in offers a free trial but jumps to $2,400 a year for the paid version.

Sortd. Gmail users are able to create segmented and sorted lists of emails as they fill the inbox. Prioritize your most important tasks and file away those things that may be able to wait just a bit longer. And, it’s free.

Calendly. Your inbox is probably already flooded. This app cuts the back and forth that often goes into setting up a time to meet or call someone. You’re able to create a calendar for yourself and send the link via email to set up a meeting. Your available time slots are shown to the recipient, and they can select the time that works best for them. The basic plan is free, but paid options are available.

Tools for your peace of mind:

Inbox Pause: Sometimes, you need a break. Available for both Outlook and Gmail users, Inbox Pause stops emails from appearing in your inbox. They’ll still come through, but you won’t see them until you turn off the plug in.

Plant Nanny. On the less serious side, but still fun for those in the green industry, this mobile app helps you track how much water you’re drinking via a virtual plant. The more you drink, the healthier your plant gets. Best of all, it’s free.

Nudge. Breaking a habit is hard. If you’re always checking Facebook or keeping tabs on the score of the game, installing Nudge on your desktop can help. It’s not available for mobile use, but it makes visiting your favorite time-wasting websites that much harder. A screen blocker limits your view and a click-and-drag slider appears before you can gain access to the site.