Tools on time management can be of great value supporting you changing your behavior and habits. With the emergence of web 2.0 technologies a lot of websites mushroomed which help us becoming more efficient. Through my research and the comments of my readers, I made a collection of Internet based time management tools which I found particularly useful. I don’t get any benefit from these sites - its just that I liked them and therefore recommend them:
1) Setting goals and sharing them with others:
2) Chaining to change habits:
Changing habit is difficult and we often give up in between. Chaining is a concept where you compete against yourself in creating a series of successes. When arriving a a point where you broke the series you just again trying to make the next series a little bit longer. Joesgoals will help you visualizing the series and sharing success with other people. Click here if you want to learn more about chaining and changing habits.
3) Managing to-do lists:
Most of these tools are build around the GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology. You can manage your action items from your computer or a mobile device. The main differences are in the complexity and user friendliness.
4) Creating & managing checklists:
To-do lists are very powerful to manage project tasks but do not really justify the maintenance effort for recurring routine tasks. Gubb is a simple and straight forward tool to manage multiple checklists and its free.
Click here if you want to know more about checklists.
5) Taking notes:
Taking notes is important to remind us of something or to document our ideas. Since we never know when and where we will have an idea, we need a tool that works everywhere. For some people this is the traditional paper note pad. For the techies it is evernote. This is a web-based tool that allows taking notes from any PC or mobile phone using the keyboard, photos or voice and that synchronizes all devices of the Internet cloud.
Click here if you want to read more on taking notes.
5) Collecting & sharing bookmarks:
We all collect plenty of bookmarks of interesting websites clogging the bookmark section of our web-browsers. It also is nice to access our favorite bookmarks everywhere from any computer. delicious is a site where you can store your bookmarks and also share them with other people. People who share one bookmark with you might also look at other sites that are interesting to you.
Click here if you want to read more on managing bookmarks.
6) Managing your book library:
Nowadays we have to keep learning our whole life and we need to assimilate new knowledge in short time. Books remain a major source of new knowledge. When reading for pleasure it also is difficult to choose amongst the thousands of new books published every month.
These three sites are my favorites for cataloguing my books. Besides making it a great site to administrate when I already read and what I still want to read, I can share book recommendations with others. People who read similar books as me might have other books I like but don’t know yet in their libraries.
Click here if you want to read more on how to manage your library.
7) Travel Checklists
Don’t forget your toothbrush is the ultimate tool for managing travel checklists. Predefined checklists per vacation type help you keeping everything under control. It provides support for all phases from the preparation to the packing list.
If you want to know more on travel checklists click here.
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