“If I could turn back time, If I could find a way…” – Cher. It holds true to everyone. We all want to be on time, not waste it and have more of it, am I right? Some of the things that I will go over in this post will help you stay focused on your to-do list, which means that not only do you get more done in a shorter amount of time, you also will produce higher-quality work. It will also help you best utilize your time, so at the end of the day you have more of it to spend on yourself for self-care, with family and friends or with that special feline or canine. Let’s talk about some ways in which you can get into some good time management habits. We’ll go over some applications that you can use to help with social media postings and marketing strategies to help best use your time. Without further ado let’s jump in!
First things first, you will want to take some time to research good tools, habits and applications that can set you on the path for success. Since this blog is about managing “your time,” I took the initiative to make this a one-stop shop to help you. You might be thinking that you do not need all these applications or tools to help you. For one, you use your calendar and phone to set reminders to tell you when to do things and when things are coming up right? Well let’s take that a step further and look at some of the applications that I found that can help you better than your calendar.
Let’s first look at “Buffer.” Not only does it save you time and organize your social media life, it allows you to schedule posts directly to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Buffer also analyzes your results and helps increase engagement with your community.
With one easy click, you’ll be able to share content and schedule posts on several social media channels. The buffer extension for Chrome is also a helpful addition. The extension allows you to share links, pictures and videos from wherever you are on the web. The extension also allows you to choose the single composer option or power scheduler where you can post the same thing multiple times over a specific period. Buffer analytics is useful, showing your best and worst performing posts based on engagement (which you can filter by engagement type, i.e. Retweets, favorites, replies, likes, comments, clicks), reach, and post type (image posts, link posts, text posts and your Retweets). As you can see, Buffer is an amazing time saver with the ability to post to all of your accounts on scheduled times so you can focus on other things.
This is one less thing that is on your plate and allows you to focus your energy elsewhere. But the one caveat is you still need to come up with the content. Having the application post content for you is great but you need to have something there so it can be posted. A rule of thumb I always go by is have content made out for a week and half ahead of time. This not only allows for you to have things in the pipeline, but it also allows for you to be ahead of the content creation curve. All you would need to do is use the next application I am going to talk about to better remind you of when you need to get on creating more content for the weeks and months ahead. If you want more info on buffer here is a direct link to their site. (https://buffer.com/)
Another application that I heavily use and recommend is an application called Asana. Asana is a task manager you can use to keep track of your day-to-day activities. It also allows individuals to manage leads and customers. Some Benefits too using Asana are, Improved General Management, Improved Work Efficiency and Increased Collaboration. So, this goes back to what I was telling you about getting things done about a week and a half ahead of time.
With Asana you can schedule and meet the deadlines you are trying to accomplish. Use the timeline feature to create a plan that shows you how the pieces of your project fit together, and helps you keep work on track as things change. This will allow you to see how all your projects are progressing, which will give you a better understanding of where you stand in the process of completing these projects.
For more info on Asana visit their really user-friendly website here, (https://asana.com/).
The last application I am going to touch on is a pretty darn good one. I would say it is the application of applications. Zapier is the glue that connects web apps to one another and allows them to work together. Zaps Start with a Trigger or an event in one of your apps that kicks off your workflow. Zaps Automate tasks in the background, so you can focus on more important work and save tons of time in other avenues of life.
For example, maybe you get a lot of email attachments in your Gmail account and you want to save them to Dropbox. Every time you get an attachment, you could open the email, click on the attachment, and then save it to Dropbox. Or you can have Zapier automate this for you, saving you time and effort. Now if that is not the best thing in the world, I do not know what is! With Zapier, there are thousands of different workflows you can create. You can automate your social media presence by sending new RSS items to Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and more. Stay in touch with prospects by adding form respondents from Typeform to your mailing list in MailChimp. Those are just a couple of the amazing things that Zapier can do and I’m not joking when I say this app is the app of apps. Below is a what a couple of the Zap’s I use look like. Do not fret, I will be making a more comprehensive blog post on the inner workings of Zaper because the application is a very valuable one to anyone that uses it!
I hope this blog saves you some time and provides some good insight into what time saving applications you can use to automate your life. Attached is a list of other applications that can save you time if you do not like the ones I touched on in the article. Not all apps are created equal and some people prefer different layouts and utility.
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