As web and/or graphic designer, we have to play different roles every day: CEO, office manager, team manager, creative director, etc. Unless you want to become the next Picasso or Da Vinci, this is a big thing for everyone, and it surely makes it challenging to spare quality time to let the creative juices flowing.
Keeping your business organized is important and for your work as a web or graphic designer, it’s just as important. The good news is that, with the continuous technological advancements, you no longer have to burden yourself with all the organizational tasks, because some tools and programs can do the heavy lifting for you now. Today, 60% of startups focus on creating web apps to help users simplify the workflow. They’re really useful and time-efficient, although you still need a proper strategy.
Labeling folders or itemizing lists are nowhere near strategizing; it’s more like a tactic. Like in any other task or project, the first thing you need to do is to plan. Here are 5 such web apps and how/where you can use them to gain optimum impact.
Any.do is a popular task management app that combines time and date reminders, as well as geolocation reminders (only on its iPhone version). Some of its key features include the so-called Any.do Moment, which is a setting that reminds you to review your upcoming list of the day. The app then shows you a message that it’s time to review your daily list, then you can check all the tasks one-by-one, make the necessary changes, add new ones or leave it as is.
Any.do is available for iPhone and Android, and is also available as a Chrome extension.
This social CRM (customer relationship management) web app comes with a centralized dashboard for various social networks. It works by connecting your Google account (including Google+), Facebook, Facebook Pages, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Foursquare account, under a single feed. Unlike other CRM apps, this one puts emphasis on user interaction, and not on social streams.
It’s the so-called “secret weapon” for Internet marketers, and as a web or graphic designer, you don’t even need to have good knowledge or prior experience in Internet marketing!
WorkFlowy is a simple yet useful web app that makes lists. Once you sign up for an account, you’ll see an interface that looks just like a word-processing document. Just start typing and create your list. Compared to other note-taking apps, you don’t need to create new notes to write stuff down, because Workflowy works as a big list where you can add sub-items; with each item having their own nested list. The possibilities are endless!
The downside to this is that the app doesn’t have due dates, deadlines or calendar integration. That aside, whenever you need to make quick nested lists, then this web app will do a great job.
This free browser-based plugin is compatible on Chrome and Firefox. It replaces ads in Gmail’s sidebar with useful data regarding your contacts, such as photo, bio, and links to their social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
After you’re done with the installation process (around 2 minutes), all you need to do is to click on the sender’s email and the plugin will pull up the sender’s biographical information. Since this tool uses Rapleaf database, the information and the links to social media accounts that are returned will strongly depend on how well Rapleaf has managed to tie that contact’s email address to the various social networking sites.
Short for “If This, Then That”, IFTTT is a handy web app that automates just about anything, from posting from Facebook to Twitter to sending you SMS reminders of upcoming appointments and events. For those who always have a hectic schedule and always have to do a lot of online tasks every day, this app is like the Holy Grail. It’s easy to use, so don’t worry if you hear about ‘recipes’, because you don’t need programming skills before you can use this app.
The site itself will show you how to build commands by using icons, and you can customize them by clicking some buttons. Everything is automated, so all you need to do is to create a task, and it will keep running until you delete it.