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Top tech apps to get you organized for the New Year

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 10.33.40 AMI was at the grocery store the other day looking for plain yogurt. Not Greek style. Not fruit on the bottom. Not fat-free. Not probiotic. Just plain old yogurt. It seemed like an eternity before I found the right type.

Have you ever felt that way when faced with choosing a technology tool?

Sometimes the simplest things are the most difficult to find.

Whether you’re looking for an accounting app or a task management tool, choosing the right one can be daunting.
This week’s Shortcut is going to cut through the crap and reveal 5 new tools I’ve welcomed into my business to keep intandem humming along.

Get ready to be more productive + efficient in 2015 with these top tech apps:

1. Next Issue :: reading 
If I ever meet the developer of Next Issue, I will give him or her a HUGE hug. I love this app! For $10 you have digital access to more than 100 magazines; Oprah, Real Simple, Entrepreneur top my favourites. They have a free one-month trial on right now. (www.nextissue.com)

2. Nozbe :: project management
I’ve tried a bunch of project management tools (I’m somewhat of an addict) and I have to say Nozbe is one of my favourites. It has a user-friendly mobile version so you can easily keep all your projects and tasks in sync. What sets Nozbe apart from competitors is the availability of the off-line version. This means when Interent access isn’t available (think airline travel) you can still see, review and organize all your tasks. (www.nozbe.com)

3. Buffer – social media sharing
This is a helpful set-it-and-forget-it social media app. You can schedule all your tweets, posts and comments in one go, which will save you a ton of time in your day. Buffer’s browser widget makes it super easy to share useful and relevant information you find on your web travels. (www.bufferapp.com)

4. Insightly :: client relationship management
Insightly helps you manage your contacts, partners, vendors and suppliers. As with many CRMs, you can see everything about a contact — background info, e-mail history, important dates, and any projects or opportunities. If you use Google Apps for Work, Insightly has a couple of neat and useful features. First, it automatically syncs your Insightly and Google contacts (no more double entry). Second, it has an email widget that enables you to automatically add a contact’s information right from their email, with one click. (www.insightly.com)

5.  Starbuck’s App

This is brilliant. It’s been around for awhile but to me it’s new. With the Starbuck’s app, you can add your favourite locations and the app automatically appears on your home screen. That means no fiddling around to find it when you’re in a rush for your java. Load up your digital Starbuck’s card with money (using your credit or debit card) and off you go, it’s as simple as that. I find this app particularly useful when taking clients or colleagues out for coffee. (www.starbucks.com)

Keep it simple when choosing your next tool.

Remember this: If the technology isn’t easy to use, it’s not the right fit for you or your business.  Tweet that!

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