If there’s one thing we never have enough of, it’s time. We haven’t quite figured out a way to freeze time yet (I’ve been told we’re working on it), but we have found ways to save it. If you’re a busy professional, these four FREE things will save you time both in and out of work, so you have more to spend on things that are important to you.
Stay In The Know With theSkimm
They say ignorance is bliss, but unless you enjoy the darkness of living under a rock, you probably try to keep up with current events as best you can. While there are several mediums to receive news, they can all be pretty time-consuming and with a 24-hour news cycle, there’s a good chance you’ll sit through a story about llamas on the loose or get distracted by a Hollywood gossip story before you find out what’s going on with the Patriot Act.
That’s where theSkimm comes to the rescue. theSkimm is a free email subscription that will send you one email each weekday morning with bite-size summaries of the most important news written in a fun and easy-to-understand format. It only takes a few minutes to skim through (get it?) so you won’t be the odd man out when everyone around the water cooler is discussing the FIFA scandal.
Organize Your Social Media With Hootsuite
Social media is an important piece of marketing you cannot afford to neglect. However, with dozens of platforms, I can understand why you wouldn’t have time to craft a post for each one. Well, my weary friend, I’d like to introduce you to your new best friend: Hootsuite.
Hootsuite is a social media management tool that allows you to manage and post to all of your social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, and over 30 more, all at once. You can even schedule posts in advance, so you don’t need to worry about remembering when to post what. You can also have customized feeds, such as one that shows any post that mentions #promotionalproducts. Hootsuite even tracks your analytics for you so you can measure what kind of a response your messages are getting.
Effortlessly Send Marketing Emails With SAGE Email Campaigns
Sending marketing emails is an easy and affordable way to keep your brand in front of your audience and generate sales. But unless you have design experience and extra time on your hands, you probably think email campaigns are out of reach. That’s where you’re mistaken. If you’re a promotional products distributor, you can subscribe to SAGE Email Campaigns. In addition to being able to send a certain number of marketing emails each month, you’ll also receive one predesigned email each month, which showcases a few top products your clients can order from you.
With this predesigned email, all you have to do is add your logo, select the contacts you want to send it to and click send. You can send these emails whenever you would like and can even schedule them ahead of time or to automatically send to new contacts. If you’d like to have more creative freedom, you can choose from one of our templates and add products directly from the SAGE database, or create your email entirely from scratch.
And guess what? If you’re a SAGE Total Access subscriber, you can send 25 emails each month at no additional charge! This renews at the first of each month. Contact your SAGE account executive if you have questions or would like to be able to send more emails for just $15 per month.
Get Fit From Anywhere With Sworkit
Working out isn’t everyone’s favorite pastime, but it is critical for your physical and mental health. For many people, one of the toughest parts of going to the gym is the process of actually getting dressed and going, which can be quite time-consuming. To save time (and money on a gym membership) download Sworkit, a free app that’s loaded with workout routines you can fit in anywhere in as little as five minutes. No equipment is required, you simply select how much time you have and what kind of workout you want.
This is a great app for an in-home workout, while traveling and even for a pick-me-up during the workday. After all, small bursts of physical activity throughout the day help keep you alert and increases your productivity.
What’s your favorite timesaving hack? Let us know in the comments below!
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