Some people know how to manage their time, others completely lose track of it without accomplishing anything. Some people are productive in their nature, others are born procrastinators. But we can all agree that at work, these differences just cannot exist because a minimum level of productivity and efficiency are required to maintain your payroll. This means upping your work game becomes vital to your survival. 

That is why a vast array of tools have been created to attain a work-life balance in both an easier and manageable way. They lower stress levels, help people enjoy their jobs, and facilitate a bunch of tedious work. 

Here's a list of some tools, tech and physical ones, that were invented to help manage your work and yourself:


If-This-Then-That (IFTTT ) is a tool that connects any and all of your most-used applications and devices to each other. A combined 630 apps work together to make the simplest and most complicated of tasks smoother and faster.

Here's to a workday with fewer hiccups!

2. Harvest

Time management has always been a major issue with much of the world's population — from the beginning of high school to the end of someone's career. The lucky ones are those who have their time managed to a T and have stuck with it. 

Founders of Harvest realized they could create a website and app that would help all those "couldn't find time to brush my hair" people. Not only can you track the amount of time it takes to complete one task, but you can also track all your expenses as well.

3. Slack

Slack is "scientifically proven (or at least rumored) to make your working life simpler, more pleasant and more productive."

This app brings an entire team's communication to one place. Instead of everything and everyone being scattered, like it usually is when working with a team, Slack allows team members to work in-sync and in a timely manner.

4. Buffer

"Plan, collaborate, and publish thumb-stopping content that drives meaningful engagement and growth for your brand."

What with social media now being able to make or break an entire brand and its image, Buffer gives people the chance to tailor and schedule social media posts. It also uses different social media market researches to teach users how to perfect their posts.

5. Dropbox

The world's first smart workspace is heaven-sent not only for businesses but freelancers as well. Dropbox gives people the opportunity to "focus on what matters".

The app and website bring together all your content and your team's content together while cutting out the clutter and pushing the important items and information to the surface.

6. Boomerang for Gmail

Boomerang is a tool specific to Gmail. It helps with time management, de-stressing, as well as memory.

An email can easily be scheduled to be sent at a later time, like during lunch, when food is the most important thing in the world. Or pause incoming emails for a certain amount of time, because nap-time is a thing no matter how old you get. Plus, with all the things running through your head, things like birthdays, bills and flight times can slip your mind, but leave it up to Boomerang to throw reminders at you right on time.

On a more physical front:

7. Electric Standing Desk

It has been scientifically proven that sitting too much could increase the risks to your health.

That is why electric standing desks were created. With the ability to change the desk's height to fit the needs of the one using it, a more healthy and active person and environment are achieved.

Welcome back to the land of work excitement!

8. Noise-Canceling Headphones

More and more people are opting to work from home or a coffee shop, which can sometimes be loud and obnoxious, which can diminish what concentration there is. One great invention to battle that is noise-canceling headphones.

Watching people's energy and hearing it are two very different things. With these headphones, you can simply eliminate the loud noises part, and stick to feeling the energy instead.

9. Tile

We've all misplaced half our most important possessions at least a hundred times in our lives, however, Tile has created a small Bluetooth enabled finder that sticks to or can be hung on anything you choose.

With a simple app, you can connect all your devices, keys, handbags, literally anything, and find them with a simple click or with any smart device around the house.

Not that this will stop you from being late or in a hurry - because that depends on the person - but at least the panic will dim when something is misplaced.

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