4 Productivity Tools You’ll Love

When you work behind-the-scenes in the church office, you’ve got plenty of plates spinning. Coordinating events, fixing a website issue, designing a flyer for the next outreach, plus a ton of other tasks are all in a day’s work. While I can’t reduce the length of your to-do list, I can recommend the following productivity tools to make your life a bit easier.

These are tools I use on a regular basis to help me stay organized and get more done:

Productivity Tool #1 – Nozbe

It’s got a funny name, but after trying out a handful of to-do list apps, Nozbe’s functionality won me over. I create several projects in Nozbe such as Article Writing, Develop eBook, and Personal Stuff.

Within each project, I enter the tasks associated with that effort. You can assign due dates, create reoccurring tasks, and even sync it with your calendar to block off time for specific tasks. Oh, and you can forward an email to your Nozbe account to create a new task.

You can use Nozbe on your phone, iPad, and online so it’s always ready for you to add a new task while you’re thinking about it. It’s free up to a certain number of projects, so it’s easy to try out and see if it works for you.  Click here to check out Nozbe.

Productivity Tool #2 – Kindle app

I’ve been a bookworm since I was a kid. Back then I loved a seeing full bookcase, but now I’m partial to the convenience of having several books with me wherever I go. You can even highlight key points in a book as you’re reading it on the Kindle app, then see all of your highlights for a particular book. That helps me when I’m summarizing a book in a blog post, as I’m doing research for an article, or when I want to review key points to put into practice.

Productivity Tool #3 – Audible

This app makes it easy to listen to books on the go. Whether you’re taking a road trip or heading out on a run, you can make great use of the time and learn along the way. I prefer to read a book myself, but have enjoyed using Audible on road trips.

Productivity Tool #4 – Podcast app

I use the one native to the iPhone, but there are several podcast apps out there and thousands of podcasts to choose from a variety of topics. A few of my personal favorites include the EntreLeadership Podcast, Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast, and Let My People Think (with Ravi Zacharias). I listen to podcasts while I’m getting ready in the morning or while in the car. That way I’m maximizing those times by feeding my brain while I’m performing routine tasks.

There’s no magic formula to knocking out your to-do list (if only!). However, these are a few tools to make being productive a bit easier.

Oh, and if you’re like me and consider coffee a productivity tool…Can I get an amen? 🙂

What would you add to this list?  Any awesome productivity tools you’ve found?  Please share in the comments.

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  • Hey Deborah superb list. I couldn’t survive without my kindle app.

    Last year I started using Trello and find it a brilliant desktop and mobile app for structuring work in a simple Kanban style.

    • Thanks, John! I’ve heard about Trello but haven’t looked into it yet. I may have to check it out.