Our Favorite Productivity Tools of 2020

Are you ready to wrap up 2020? Us too.

With just a couple of weeks left before we begin a new slate of projects, we thought we’d share a round-up of favorite resources that helped us stay on task and support our clients through a sometimes-chaotic year. 

1. Headliner:

This tool is ideal for active podcasters who need to save time making videos for social media. Headliner makes it easy to create videos from audio files so you share your latest episode. We especially love the Video Transcript Wizard for adding captions that are both functional and can be designed to match your branding. In addition to several paid plans, there’s also a free option that allows you to make 5 videos per month (no watermarks, hooray!) and it’s a great way to get a taste of the app’s strengths and functionality.

2. Focus Keeper:

Heard of the Pomodoro Technique? This method calls for 25-30 minutes bursts of work followed by a 5-minute break. Most people have difficulty staying in the zone of intense work for more than 30 minutes at a time, so this is a way to make the most of your time while also taking structured breaks throughout the day. There are several apps out there (and hey, you can certainly use a kitchen time or your phone for this), but Focus Keeper makes it easy, especially for newbies to Pomodoro. It’s free to use unless you want to view charts tracking your productivity over time!

3. CoSchedule Headline Analyzer:

We shared about CoSchedule in an earlier blog post, but we couldn’t help but add to this round-up. It’s that good.

If you’re looking for a little more help and support as you revamp your subject lines, this is for you. This free tool scores your email subjects and gives personalized feedback to increase your open rates (yes, please!).

4. All Hashtag:

Not all hashtags are created equal and you need to be strategic. Enter a keyword and this hashtag generator will populate the top hashtags you can plug into Instagram or scheduling platform. (P.S. – RBS’s Stacy Kennedy swears by it!)

5. Unsplash:

No photography budget? No problem. Unsplash is a library of free, high-resolution images sourced from thousands of talented photographers. Gone are the days of bland or cheesy stock photos!

What’s something you couldn’t live without this year? What kept you motivated? A daily power nap? A spectacular playlist? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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