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The ideas behind productivity and time management tools are a given, but then why is getting tasks done so darn hard? You might be using the wrong tools for your style of working and that can be more of a hindrance than a help.

Over the years I have used many different programs to keep me on track, but sadly I have stopped using most of them. They just did not suit my working style.

Tools for Optimization and Productivity

Every so often a post with a list of tools comes into my field of vision and one or the other program catches my attention. Recently a few programs that do the same thing caught my attention. So over the last month, I gave all a try.


Is a web-based project management and collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.


Is a web-based project management and collaboration tool. It is similar to Trello, but also has some extra features.

Google Keep

Is actually a note taking tool, that does a lot more than just taking notes and is now also automatically accessible from within Google Docs .

I currently use it for my time management needs as to-do list and reference tool and have since become more productive. After trying out Trello and Zenkit, Google Keep is the perfect match for my working style.

I don’t forget small to-do items any longer that can easily slip into gaps on my list. The more tasks I can check off each day, the more tasks I want to check off. It is a positive feedback tool that makes me more productive.

All the above tools works seamlessly wherever you are between your phone, tablet or desktop. Make a change in one place and it automatically reflects in all the other devices.

I can’t finish this roundup without also mentioning Google Streak.

Google Streak

Is a CRM that integrates directly into Gmail. You can categorize ongoing conversation, create email templates and use these premade template to send regular emails or personalized mass emails. It also reminds you of emails you have not replied to yet. For individual users who don’t share their pipelines with others, there is no cost to using it.

Streak is a perfect addition to the other Google tools I am already using.


Just because Google Keep and Streak suit me, does not mean they is perfect for you. I would love to know about your preferred productivity tool(s) and why?

Also would you be interested in learning more how I use Google Keep?
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