Sometimes you need some extra organization to get shit done. That’s why I prepared for you a big list of productivity tools to choose from. My advice: test them all and go with one that fits you best. I think this may help you, especially when you’re working remote or as a freelancer and you have to self-organize.
Before we go further with the list, let me introduce you one of the most basic organizing systems I know (besides calling your memory).
Productivity Tools #0.1 – Kanban System:
To Do – Doing – Done. This is it. All you have to do is to move your cards from one column to another. The nice thing about this system is that it looks great and it’s easy to manage offline and online.
For this and much more, you can use Asana, Trello, and ProjectManager. These are very good tools to track your work and results. Also, they have team integrations, more advanced task organization and a lot of extra juice.
Productivity Tools #1 – Cloud Storage & More
- Quip is a connected hub where teams create, discuss, and organize their work from any device.
- Google Drive lets you get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more. Drive starts you with 15 GB of free Google online storage.
Productivity Tools #2 – Team Communication
Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams. It has great integrations (e.g. chatbots).
Slack is a cloud-based team collaboration tool founded by Stewart Butterfield. Slack began as an internal tool used by their company, Tiny Speck, in the development of Glitch, a (now defunct) online game.
Productivity Tools #3 – Dev Platform
GitHub is a web-based Git or version control repository and Internet hosting service. It offers all of the distributed version control and source code management functionality of Git as well as adding its own features.
Productivity Tools #4 – Web & Mobile Prototyping and UI
InVision is the world’s leading design collaboration platform, powering the future of digital product design through our deep understanding of the dynamics of collaboration.
They provide over two million people with the power to prototype, review, refine, manage and user test web and mobile products. InVision drives the product design process at leading Fortune 100 companies, including at Disney, IBM, Walmart, Apple, Verizon and General Motors. Backed by Accel, ICONIQ Capital, FirstMark Capital, Tiger Global and others, InVision is headquartered in New York City with a workforce of over 230 employees worldwide.
Mural is great for remote design work. You can use this tool for online brainstorming, synthesis and collaboration.
Miro is one of the simplest visual collaboration platform for agile product teams, ux/ui designers, project leaders, marketers and creatives. They have great integrations and support. Also, you can implement here the classic kanban system.
Moqups is a streamlined web app that helps you create and collaborate on wireframes, mockups, diagrams and prototypes.
Bonus – Productivity Hacks
Using open source resources you get access to a shortcut that will help and speed up your work in a professional manner. Here you can access an evergreen list which is accessible to you whenever you are in need of web design freebies. Also get your 20 free resources for web designers.
Other Productivity Tools
SurveyAnyplace -With today’s technology, there’s no excuse for boring surveys. With the Survey Anyplace tool, it’s easy to create good-looking forms, quizzes, surveys and interactive experiences. They can easily be embedded in any type of page, making it a perfect, automated addition to your web page.
conceptinbox.com – Visual feedback in real time and prototyping for designers.
ProofHub – Proofing tool and Project management.
Papaly – Organization of all your designer resources.
Proto.io – Fast and easy high-fidelity prototypes and interactive wireframes.
FocusAlot – Task planner & time tracking tool that helps freelancers be more productive.
User Snap – Collect feedback & bugs from your colleagues, clients and website visitors.
AppDemoStore‘s FrameApp – Free tool that adds a device frame to your app screenshot with one click.
Wiplo – A clean, collaborative workspace for teams.
Thetoolbox – A tool index for design, UX, back-end and front-end development.
UsesThis – What do people use to get stuff done.
TrackDuck – Visual feedback for web design and development.
Users Think – Landing page feedback on demand.
PicApp – Creates realistic images out of your app screenshot (all images downloadable also for free).
AppDemoStore – easy-to-use tool for creating and sharing clickable demos and mockups (free for one project).
If you have a great productivity app that you use, I’d love to hear about it in the comments 🙂