Practice Management

Time-saving tech tools

Feb 17, 2013 @ 12:01 am

By Davis Janowski

RescueTime

rescuetime.com

RescueTime

This web-based tool requires no data entry and involves a small download that securely tracks how advisers or their team are spending time based on application usage among PCs and devices. It's available in Lite (free), Pro ($72 a year per user) or Team (starting at $30 per month), with versions for Mac and Windows desktops.

OfficeTime

officetime.net

This program provides easy tracking of time spent on projects and billable hours, and is particularly suitable for hourly planners. Data can be synchronized between devices for overall reports. Versions are available for Windows and Mac desktops ($47), as well as iPhone and iPad ($7.99) — both a one-time cost.

Toggl

toggl.com

Entirely web-based and SSL-encrypted, this tool is an extremely simple time- and task-tracking app. It allows integration with Intuit Freshbooks and Basecamp (from 37signals LLC). Versions are available for Windows, Mac and Linux desktops, as well as iPhone and Android ($5 a month per user).

Stayfocused

chrome.google.com/webstore

This free browser plug-in lets users limit online surfing. Lots of easy-to-set features can bolster the willpower of the worst web-surfing procrastinators by automatically shutting off programs after the time allowance the user sets. The tool is available only for Google's Chrome browser.

Pocket

getpocket.com

Formerly known as Read It Later, Pocket is a free app that allows users to save content (from browsers or other apps, including Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite) for offline reading — and in the case of the iPad app, video. It can synchronize that content on a variety of devices, including tablets, smartphones and desktops.

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