If you work and play on the web, each day is a struggle, as you try to keep on top of your work duties without being distracted by the pleasures of the web. If your job duties include social media, it’s even more difficult, as a cat video, twitter joke, or animated GIF is just a click away.
But, fear not! We have five productivity apps for web designers that will help you keep you on task, so you can go home early and spend the night wasting time online. From project management apps that let you know what needs to be next to time management software that eases some of the drudgery of sales pitches and emails, these apps will help you get things done, quickly.
If you’re working on a big project, you know how easy it is to get lost in emails from graphic designers, writers, editors, managers, and the guy down the hall, each of whom thinks that he or she knows exactly what you need to do. Blossom is designed for mobile and web app development, but it works for any project that is seriously in need of organization. Equally adept at giving management a “bird’s eye” view of where things are, exactly, with the project and allowing the guy down the hall to give his input on the project without taking up half a day, Blossom is a must for team-based web projects.
Let’s face it . You’re a web designer, not a salesperson. And yet, if you’re a freelancer, you’re always on the lookout for new customers, so you end up having to email clients, review proposals, and, worst of all, negotiate with people who don’t know what your worth. Stride helps you keep track of just how much time you spend—unpaid—on negotiating new work, and keeps track of your income goals for you so you don’t have to calculate how many new clients you have to find to take the vacation next month.
3. Help Scout
If you work in a small team of designers, you know how difficult it can be to manage emails from potential clients. Some people on your team religiously use BCC, cluttering your mail box. Others never do, making it impossible to know who has responded to that new email. Help Scout solves your email problems without introducing the complication of an auto-reply help desk service by allowing members of your team to share in-boxes, so you won’t miss emails from potential candidates. Even better, Help Scout will keep track of how quickly you respond to emails, so you can improve your customer service too.
Made by Evernote, Skitch solves a problem that troubles web designers everywhere: how can make it easier to communicate with clients? As the name suggests, Skitch allows you sketch notes and graphics on any document—a screen capture, a snapshot—and share them with anyone. Even better, it’s so simple to use that you might even get your clients on board, so they can show you exactly where they want that graphic to go on the page.
5. Habit List
Being a successful, and productive, web designer isn’t just about keeping up with the latest programs, or having an awesome eye for what looks best. You also need to have, and keep, good working habits. Habit List lets you set goals—from answering emails to going to the gym—and then tracks whether you achieve them. By building good habits, you’ll be a more efficient, and productive, web designer.
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