Check out the 6 Best Productivity Apps for Designers
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Once upon a time, time and motion studies were introduced to boost productivity. The practice was popular with those doing the studies — but not so much with those being studied.
Today's productivity-enhancing approaches are less intrusive, thanks in part to technology. Self-improvement tips and techniques that offer encouragement also help. Besides, a little effort can become habit-forming.
The digital age has been both a curse and a blessing. Tasks can be done more quickly, but there are more of them to do. The bottom line is it has become more difficult to find the right blend of family, fun, recreation, and work.
What we've attempted to do here is to find ways to put productivity-enhancing technology to work. We combined it with tips and techniques you can use to streamline your workflow in the office. You can also tackle other life challenges more efficiently.
Mason is a different type of product or design tool. You might even call it radically different in that it enables you to consolidate steps you always considered to be essential, especially in cases where products have already been deployed.
What are the steps you consolidate? Prototyping, QA inspections, and documentation to name three. Mason also manages the bulk of the effort that normally would be assigned to parties responsible for product development and deployment.
The way this web design/software solution platform works is it lets teams build front-end experiences, together, at lightning speeds. It minimizes and sometimes eliminates completely the need to rely on expensive development resources, giving developers back their time.
Since Mason allows any authorized individual to make product changes or updates from the front-end, deployment cycles can be shortened or bypassed completely.
Mason's visual interface is what makes everything so quick and easy. The interface not only allows all team members to design and build visually, but it allows other project stakeholders including clients to participate and even make post deployment changes as well.
Proto.io enables designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and product managers to create low to high-fidelity mobile and app prototypes that have the look and feel of the real thing. Coding or special technical skills are not required to use this prototyping tool.
Proto.io is a platform that consists of a web-based Editor, a Player, and a Dashboard for managing your users and projects. A native mobile Player is also available for iOS and Android.
Proto.io can be used in the early stages of product design for wireframing and creating mockups to solicit feedback. In the latter stages of design, it can be used to create interactive, animated, high-fidelity prototypes suitable for user testing and design signoff.
The latest version of this prototyping tool features a redesigned UI that makes it much more intuitive to use.
monday.com is a centralized team management tool designed to enable teams to manage every detail of their work, empower individual team members, and encourage building a culture of transparency.
Using Monday.com is simply a matter of deciding what's important for your team and visualizing who is in charge of what, adding text, data, links, creating timelines, and more.
Since this team management tool is so intuitive to use it has become extremely popular among non-tech teams. It's simple, but not simplistic. monday.com connects people to processes in ways most project management tools fail to do while centralizing workplace processes including those in different locations.
monday.com is currently used by more than 50,000 teams ranging from startups to teams employed by Fortune 500 companies including NBC, the Carlsberg Group. Discovery Channel, and McDonalds.
Nutcache is an all-in-one project management software solution and productivity tool designed to help teams manage their products more efficiently. It promotes team collaboration and helps teams streamline their workflows and complete tasks on time and within budget. This app's simplicity and flexibility makes it a perfect choice for those who embrace Agile principles and practices.
Users of this popular project management tool will like the features and improvements that new ActiveCollab brings to the table. The stars of this productivity tool's impressive features set are its task dependencies with automatic rescheduling and a combination of project management, time tracking and invoicing capabilities.
ActiveCollab was designed with creative professionals in mind and is a joy to use.
Lucidchart contributes to individual and team productivity by helping people understand and communicate ideas through visualization and better organize their goals and objectives. It works with every operating system and is an especially useful tool for communicating technical flows to non-technical people.
Lucidchart features the best collaborative diagramming software on the market that includes a robust shape and template library and drag and drop diagram-building.
5 Productivity Tips to Achieve More & Create Peace of Mind
- Write everything down. Trying to remember takes attention away from your work. Doing something wrong or not at all because of forgetfulness is even worse.
- Do the dreaded task first. Getting it out of the way, or simply diving into it, will usually make you feel better. Doing it first is especially important if it's a high-priority task.
- Take breaks. The law of diminishing returns kicks in here whether you're writing, composing, doing design work, or administrative tasks. Your work tends to get sloppy and your effectiveness goes south when you don't take periodic breaks.
- Get some exercise. Exercise keeps you healthy and fit, and healthy people are more productive.
- Learn to say no. When you say yes to everything, you'll eventually be saddled with too many tasks. It's nice to be liked, but better to be respected.
There are many ways to improve your productivity. This includes the helpful tips presented here. Having the right tools on hand can make a difference too — often a game-changing one.
Combine one or more of these productivity tools with your daily work habits. Prepare to be amazed at how much more you can accomplish in a given amount of time – and feel very good about it.