We all have favorite apps that we use every day. Here are a few that will make you more productive and efficient.
Jog.ai – This is a neat web service that you can use to take meeting notes for you. Jog.ai acts as a middle-man recording your telephone calls. It not only gives you a high-quality recording, but will also transcribe your call, so it is searchable later. While you’re on a call, you can use the jog.ai web app to ‘mark’ important parts to refer back to later. Best of all, it will “listen” for keywords like “action item” and automatically highlight that part of your call. Just make sure you let the other caller know if you’re talking to someone in a state that requires that kind of notification.
LastPass – Lastpass stores your passwords securely behind a super-strong “master password” and also supports multi-factor authentication to further protect your credentials. Lastpass syncs between your different computers, and mobile devices, so you can always access your important sites. Other really useful features; securely sharing credentials with others, and storing credit card and bank information – automatically filling out web-forms so you don’t need to track down your wallet!
Boomerang – A great plugin for Outlook or gmail.com Boomerang reminds you to follow up on emails at some point in the future if the recipient doesn’t send you a reply. But – one of the most powerful features is the ability to “share” preferred meeting dates with someone via email. For example; if you’re trying to setup a conference call, you can pick a couple of dates/times that are available on your calendar and include those in the message. Boomerang will automatically send an invite to both of you with the time-slot that the recipient selects. I find this to be a little more personal than services like Calendly.com
Calendly – This is a great service that automatically syncs with your calendar and creates a simple website that shows your availability. You can create different “booking templates” for things like 30-minute calls, 60-minute face-to-face meetings. Calendly will let you specify specific minimum & maximum availability ranges, as well as custom fields that are added to the meeting. Now when someone says; “Hey are you available next week?” You can reply with your Calendly link, and they can pick a time that you’re available – that works for them too!