September 16, 2021
Blog
BY:
Alexandra Wyllie

The Best Productivity Tools in 2021

Having the right productivity tools can make or break, not just your workday, but your whole project. Miscommunication, misplaced files and vague deadlines could lead your otherwise well-thought out and brilliant project down the wrong path. We know this, 37% of managers agree that keeping the team on track to achieve goals is the most important part of their role. It feels like every day there is an app, extension or piece of software that promises to make your work life easier and your team more productive. Today we cut through the noise to bring you the top 5 productivity tools that will keep you and your team on track. 


Slack

When an email feels too formal, instant messaging is the online version of popping into someone’s office for a “quick chat” but not all instant messaging software is built equal. Slack allows you to have all the right people in the right place, with the ability to create “channels” that keep you focused, perform audio and video calls and collaborate with people outside of your company securely, it has everything you need to keep your team as productive as possible. Slack is easy and straightforward to set up and navigate, allowing you to stay focused on what’s really important; getting to work (or, finding out what everyone is having for lunch).


Category

Remote meeting tool/IM software. 

Price

Begin with a free trial and then $8 for a month for Pro and $15 per month for Business+

Best for

Keeping all ideas and information securely in one place. 


Hubspot

Founded in 2006 an inbound marketing and sales software and is both powerful and easy to use. Not only does Hubspot have endless courses in how to use their own software, as well as anything else you can think of when it comes to marketing and sales, they offer various “hubs” so you know you’re investing in the right software for your team. For example, there is a marketing hub that includes SEO features and social media management, while the sales hub covers document management and tracking, as well as contact management and customer profiles. Plans and bundles can be tweaked and customized to fit you and your business needs. 

Category

CRM platform. 

Price

Starts at $35 a month for the starter SRM Suite 

Best for

Turning leads into customers with all tools in one place. 

Asana

It’s time to ditch the pen and paper to-do list for something a little more 2021, although Asana is much more than a to-do list. Their “list view” allows team members to have a clear understanding of what needs to be done, what is a priority and when it’s due, while the “timeline” feature allows you to manage overlapping tasks. As well as all that, Asana allows you to automate your work routine with forms, templates and approval software, keeping your team more on task and productive rather than being bogged down with repetitive tasks. 


Asana also integrates with over 100 different platforms, from Google Drive to Zoom, meaning your workflow continues to be streamlined, effortless and most importantly, productive. 


Category

Organiser/To-do list. 

Price

Free for the basics, then $10.99 per user per month for Asana Business and $24.99

per user, per month for Business.

Best for

Keeping your team on task and managing workflows. 

Monday.com

Monday.com is a must-have platform for teams who are remote working. With collaborative docs, real-time data insights, the ability to visualise project milestones and automate tasks, Monday.com is looking to become your one-stop shop for online workspaces. Monday.com has been used by companies like Hulu and Coca Cola so you know it’s able to handle any size of project or team you want to throw at it. The software is easy to use and understand, leaving no room for error when it comes to keeping your team on task and on deadline. 


Category

Workspace / Work OS

Price

Free for individuals (up to two people), $8 per person per month for Standard and $16 per person per month for Pro 

Best for

Creating transparency within teams and workflows. 

Fin 

As more and more teams begin working from home and remotely, having software that allows for easy insight analysis of workflows is crucial. Even for teams that continue to work within the office, understanding user workflows allows operations teams to improve team engagement, productivity, and the customer experience. That is where Fin comes in. Fin is a Work Insights Platform that enables customer operations teams to achieve more with less. Using an easy-to-install browser plugin, Fin integrates with hundreds of other software, even those you built yourself. 


Category

Work Insights Platform.  

Price

$20 per user per month + $10 for optional screen & audio recording with cloud storage. 

Best for

Providing visibility into how people are working across SaaS applications

Learn more about Fin.