How to spend you time wisely to select the tools you need

Now days there are so many new tools available or coming available and you probably find yourself signing up for these tools online only to abandon it a few weeks later as the tool did not give you what you wanted. How to spend you time wisely to select the tools you need.

Signed up on Facebook but hardly use it?

Signed up for twitter but never tweet?

If you answered yes, you should get rid of the tools that are not working for you in favour of the ones that are – and then start using them. The Tools that work, you should take the time to learn about advanced features, stay on top of new releases, see if they integrate with other tools you use (like your email, accounting software, or browsers). The main focus of your time and efforts is not trying the latest thing, just use the tools that meet your needs and then learn how to use them better.

How do you choose the Right Tools for Your Needs

To get started you should list down your basic needs and then create a “buckets” list of tools (project management tools, networking tools, communication tools, document sharing). Then list how you would use the tools in your job everyday. How would it integrate into your current workflow? How would it make your job easier to do? What need or gap is it filling?

Tools are constantly evolving, integrating with other tools to make sharing content easier. When you are looking for a tool, keep in mind that tool integrations, it will save you time so next time you are switching between tools, ask yourself – is there an easier way to do this?

A list of common tools

Below is a list of tools that are commonly used, there as so many tools available, this is just a a starting point for you to create the tool set that you need.

Social Media Management

Browser Extensions
Chromethousands of tools in multiple categories to embed in your browser
Firefoxthousands of tools in multiple categories to embed in your browser
Chat & Messaging
Gchatvideo, voice and text chat
Skypevideo, voice and text chat
Cel.lyprivate group text messaging
Civic Engagement
See Click Fixreport neighbourhood issues
Collaboration & File Sharing
Google Docshosted document collaboration
Dropboxshared file storage
Etherpadhosted document collaboration
Hackpadhosted document collaboration
Yousenditlarge file delivery
Content Delivery
Flipboardpersonalized magazine, iPad only
News.meemail digest of stories from Facebook & Twitter
Crowd Funding
Kickstartersocial project funding
Indiegogosocial project funding
wefunderstartup investment
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Salesforcecloud based sales, service, marketing platform
Volunteer Salesforcemanage volunteers and volunteer events in Salesforce
Salsacrm, communications, event, list management
Streakcrm in gmail
Data, Analytics & Visualization
Google Analyticswebsite analytics
Reportivedata exploration & analysis
Ushahidiinformation collection, visualization and interactive mapping
Tableaupublically accessible and shared data visualizations
Headwaters Economicspublic data source, independent non-partisan research
Digital Rights Management
Creative Commonscopyright licences
Squaremobile credit card reader
Mailchimpemail list manager
Image Manipulation & Sharing
Skitchannotate, edit screenshots & images
Instagrammobile photo filter & social network
Pinterestonline pinboard, social network
Canvagraphic design software in the cloud
Presentation Design
Haiku Deckpresentation generation
Prezicloud based presentation software
Project Management
Smartsheetproject management software
Podioproject management software
Social Media Management
Hootsuitesocial media dashboard
Radian6social media listening, monitoring & engagement
Small Actsocial media management
Task Managers
Asanashared task lists for teams
Evernotemobile, tablet & desktop note taker
Pivotal Trackeragile PM tool for software development
Thingstask manager
Website CMS
WordPressopen source, community driven
Drupalopen source, community driven
Website Development
Twitter Bootstrapfront-end toolkit for rapidly developing web applications.
GitHubversion control for collaborative software development
Website Testing
OptimizelyA/B testing
Balsamiqhosted, collaborative wireframing
Cacoohosted, collaborative diagram drawing