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20 Tools and 16 Browser Extensions to Add to Your Arsenal for 2016

February 19, 2016
Aaron Polmeer

By Today’s Industry Insider


Albert Einstein once said:

“Genius is the ability to focus on one particular thing for a long time without losing concentration.”

But I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s easy to get distracted online.

Sure, you might sit down to work with a plan. But then you open your email or visit Facebook and – all of a sudden – 30 minutes has disappeared.

At times, it’s difficult to avoid this.

But there are some great tools and extensions that can help you zone in and get better results.

When I’m searching for productivity tools like these, I want to know that it does one of four things:

  1. Increases my efficiency
  2. Enables me to be more creative
  3. Enhances my productivity
  4. Improves my workflow process

That’s the whole idea of tools right? If I’m going to add a new tool to my collection, it has to help me be better at my job in some concrete way.

So today, I’ve gathered together a collection of my favorite tools and extensions that can help you achieve these four goals.

Many of these are tried, true and tested – products that still stack up as the best options out there. But I’ve also included a few new ones that I’ve recently discovered and added to my own workflow process.

Think about your daily routine and pick and choose the best tools and extensions to help improve your outcomes.

Begin with any of the following tools, and get ready for a super productive 2016.


1. Dropbox

For great trusty file storage, sharing, and management, you really can’t go wrong with Dropbox. The best feature is the ability to sync your files with members on your team and collaborate in real time.

If you’re looking for another option, Box is a suitable alternative. It offers 10 GB of free storage, while Dropbox offers 2 GB. You can increase your storage on Dropbox by referring friends. If you’re a Linux user, you’ll have to choose Dropbox as Box does not currently offer a desktop program for Linux.

2. Google Tools

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but Google’s huge range of free tools – including Google Drive and Google Calendar – are still great for getting your workflow organized.

Use the calendar to organize and time block your schedule. Create multiple calendars that you can share with your team. And send both email and popup reminders to ensure you and your team remember key deadlines. Then, create and store all your spreadsheets and documents in Google Drive and share them with your team. If you manage a remote team like I do, this is a great way to keep everybody on the same page.

3. Canva

Images are just as important as written content, and Canva (now with 6.3 million users) provides an easy drag and drop platform for creating professional images and presentations – allowing you to let your creativity shine.

4. Giphy

Giphy is the Google of Gif search, with tools to create your own. Use the handy gif …read more

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