If you’re making money online, it’s up to you to keep yourself motivated. There’s no boss looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re getting things done on time. The responsibility falls to you alone. To most online money makers, this is well worth it. You get to set your own hours, work for yourself, and live the life you want. However, staying productive can certainly be a challenge.
The good news is that statistics are in your favor. Employers who work remotely at least a percentage of the time are said to have the highest percentage of workplace engagement. As long as you’re willing to put in the work to succeed every day, you can make a good living working online. Here are the 5 best tools for making 2019 your most productive year of online working yet.
When it comes to keeping track of your time, Humanity proved to be the best. Humanity is a smart, online platform for tracking hours, tasks, and even your files. You can update it with your weekly schedule, progress, and even add other remote workers if you’re managing a team or working as part of a team.
Humanity is easy to use, and you can even take it on the go. Humanity comes with a mobile app for both iOS and Android so you’ll never be without all of your essentials again. It’s really an all-in-one app solution for serious online workers.
2. Cold Turkey
If you’re like the majority of people today, you’re prone to falling for distractions. With so many fun things just a click away, when you’re working at home it’s hard to stay on task. Cold Turkey keeps you from using the things that send you deeper down the rabbit hole. It’s simple, just let it know what websites and distractions you’re unable to use and set the timer.
You can block everything from social media to programs on your computer. This is a must if you’re prone to wandering off while online. You’ll be surprised by just how much you get done when you’re not on Facebook!
If you’re not the type of person who can listen to music while working, you might be looking for a new way to block out the world. Brain.fm is ambient music backed by science. According to Brain.fm, you can notice productivity results in as little as 15 minutes. It uses background music as a form of brain stimulation so you can get more done in less time without the distractions.
Though you need a paid membership, Brain.fm is only a few dollars a month. You have three options, focus, meditate, or sleep. From there, you can choose different ambient sounds like beach focus, piano focus, or anything else that sparks your productivity. Finally, set the timer and get to work.
Forest is an app that relies on the Pomodoro Technique of productivity. With this technique, you work for 25 minutes without a break, then you take a 5-minute break. You’ll repeat this process 3-4 times before taking a longer 20-minute break. This technique is proven to help you focus without distractions.
With Forest, you set a timer on your phone for usually 25 minutes, but it could also be more or less. While you work, a tree grows on your device virtually. At the end of the timer, you can use your phone again. If you use your phone before the tree finishes, it dies. When you successfully make it the whole time without using your phone, you earn points you can put toward real trees planted in real life.
5. Google Keep
Though it’s been around a while now, Google Keep is starting to become more popular since integrating with Google Drive and Google Docs. Google Keep really does it all, from note-taking to to-do lists. You can even sync your to-do lists with reminders and your Google Calendar.
When you work alone, there’s no one there to remind you about deadlines. It’s up to you to get everything done on time. With Google Keep, that’s simple. If you work for a client or maintain a WordPress site, you can keep track of everything in one place.
As you can see, you’re not in this alone. You work online, but that doesn’t mean you have to be unorganized. These tools above keep your productive, on track, and working your hardest. Let’s make 2019 your best year yet.