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9 Digital Tools For A Productive Summer

These digital tools will help you stay more organized, productive, and efficient this summer, leaving plenty of time for fun in the sun.
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(Image: Milos Jokic/iStockphoto)

Summer is a time for relaxation, but that doesn't mean you can take three months off work.

Productivity is important year-round, and even more so when you're trying to balance vacation time against accomplishing your usual day-to-day tasks. Sure, you can slack off during the summer months, but all of those unaccomplished to-do lists will add up over time.

Before we dive into the digital tools you can use to stay productive, it's important to note a few traditional pieces of advice to help you get things done without a browser extension or mobile app.

[Read: 10 iOS, Android app to boost team collaboration.]

First and foremost, it's important to acknowledge how much time you have and how much you can get done in one day. Being realistic about the time it takes to complete each task will help you manage your to-do list and feel more accomplished at the end of the day.

Removing the clutter from your workspace can help you kick off the day with a fresh start and clear mind. The task shouldn't be limited to your physical workspace. Having an organized desk is important, but having a clear PC desktop is beneficial as well.

Now, let's talk about getting down to work. You could go the old-fashioned route and write your to-do list with pen and paper, or you could use one of many digital tools available to help you organize your day and keep you functioning at your most productive.

To keep you working effectively during the summer months, we've put together a roundup of digital tools designed to get you organized and help you power through your workday.

Do you use any of these tools? Are there any you would add to the list? Please share your own productivity tips and tricks in the comments section below.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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7/8/2016 | 1:54:11 PM
Re: Great article
@Royce - I'd like to think I have my finger on the pulse of a lot of the productivity tools out there, including some of the ones mentioned in the article which I've found helpful.  I had never heard of start.me before - I like the idea of having a collective space for all this type of information - it should save loads of time clicking around favorites/bookmarks (which are different for me depending on which browser I'm in) and searching for things I often use.  I just signed up.  Thanks!
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RoyceC738,
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7/4/2016 | 11:35:59 AM
Great article
Great article, thanks. As an entrepreneur, I'm always trying to manage my time in the best way possible. What I have found to be the ultimate productivity hack is to setup a personalized browser start page with all the links and RSS feeds I frequently use. I'm using https://start.me for this and it saves me a few hours per week easily.
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paulno,
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7/4/2016 | 10:31:47 AM
why not but i'm afraid it won't dramatically change your productivity
I tried "Rescue Me", it's a good app to highlight how you spend your time in the day and then adjust your working hours. That's one of the main problems today with all distractions we get on internet. Use it 3 or 4 times and it's enough, I saw that way I waste too much time on social networks and reading articles (something I already knew but it's really impressive but when get real figures).


I tried several apps like this without huge improvements but I'll test "Plan", it looks cute and clear, may be it can help a little bit to adjust some small things.

Best tool that improved my productivity recently is Power BI by Microsoft, however it's not a smartphone app.
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Whoopty,
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7/4/2016 | 7:40:53 AM
Good ideas
There's some really good examples in here. I'll have to give a few of these a try. 

Although not productivity related, I also really like Eyecar browser extension which recommends you take a break every 20 minutes to rest your eyes. Taking a quick break every now and again helps keep me focused.
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