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The apps and tools I have listed below are ones that I use with my personal life, QuickSit, managing this website, and my freelance writing. One of the best parts is that you can use both the mobile app version on your phone and the desktop version on your computer.
This tool allows you to create different channels to communicate in. Channels I created for QuickSit: development, design, marketing, and quality assurance (bugs in the app). I can add the appropriate people into each channel and easily switch back and forth to manage the different parts of the business. You can also directly communicate with one person in a private channel, which is helpful when trying to decide how to manage situations in a channel with multiple team members.
On Trello, it’s all about Boards, Columns, and Cards. It essentially keeps everything from falling apart- but seriously! You can create different cards (tasks that need to get done) and move them through a funnel. I can easily see what tasks we need to do, who is doing what task, and where it is in the process (i.e. has the card been touched, is it being tested, is it ready for the app store). If you are a visual person like me, you will fall in love with this! Aside from using Trello for managing a team, I also created a board for myself to keep organized with blog posts for this website, writing for publications, and more!
I recently began using Tailwind to manage my Pinterest pins! You can create your pins, schedule them to be published, and review repins and analytics all through one tool! You can track your insights and analytics and see which pins are working the best, which times are the best to publish your pins, etc. I’ve been using it for about 3 months now and am really enjoying using it to drive traffic from Pinterest to my website!
I’ve been using Planoly for 4 years now! When I was marketing QuickSit before we launched I came across it online! Planoly helps you organize and schedule your Instagram posts. One of my favorite things about it is planning out my future posts and being able to see what my feed will look like and make decisions on moving photos around to make it look more cohesive. You can set reminders to notify you when it’s time to post and there is even a feature for the app to automatically post for you!
Now out of all of these Gmail may sound like the most boring tool to include in this list, but let me explain! There is one specific feature that I’m obsessed with. Now for all of you who don’t know me personally, let me let you in on a little secret… I am a night owl through and through! I have never been a morning person and will probably never become one! All that being said- there is a feature on Gmail called “Schedule send” that can be found most easily on the desktop version of Gmail. When you click the blue “send” button you will notice a small arrow next to it and if you click on the arrow it will allow you to select the day and time you want the email to be sent. Why is this my favorite? Because I’m a night owl I write most of my emails between 8pm-1am and I either don’t want someone’s email notification to go off late at night and/or want to hide the exact time that I was writing the email! So, I will write an email at 11pm and schedule it to be sent at 8:30am the next morning!
I hope reading about these 5 tools was helpful and hopefully you learned about something new that can help you organize your life too! If there is a tool or app you love using to keep your life organized let me know in a comment below! I love trying out new apps!