5 Tools to Help Manage Your Time Online

We all know that the internet can be one giant black hole! You go online in the morning to check email and next thing you know it's dinner time. What sucks us in? Online games, video chats, viral memes, anything!.

Time robbers

If it isn’t a friend sharing links in our Google+ stream, then it’s a major news outlet’s sharing the latest on worst dressed celebrities, or keeping with Twitter hashtags.

So when it comes to getting work done, staying on point can be VERY hard. But dont lose hope. I've learned about a few online time management tools—from time trackers and to-do list makers, to social network consolidators— that can help make our time online as effective as possible.
  1. RescueTime: It’s hard to ignore a tool that touts saving the average user 3 hours and 54 minutes worth of productive time per week! This tool that’s been heralded by The New York Times, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. You can block procrastination sites from your reach, track your time, plan your projects, and set specific bouts of time to work on particular tasks.
  2. MyLife.com’s mobile app: Recently won the 2012 MediaPost Appy Awards and helps you stay focused on the go. This app incorporates the social site’s Personal Relationship Manager, which allows users to access multiple social networking sites all at once. No more juggling between Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, personal e-mail and more. See who’s commenting, friending, chatting, and updating across all of your favorite networks.
  3. LeechBlock: An add on for Firefox which blocks any ‘time-wasting sites’ that might be deterring you from getting your work done. Simply input time-sink websites (ie: Facebook), and tell the app when you’re most likely to procrastinate (ie: promptly after lunch). It’s a great way to stay on the ball at work and to ensure you spend less time Facebook-stalking and more time getting stuff done.
  4. ToDoist: This helpful to-do list manager integrates with your e-mail, follows you across various Internet browsers, and helps you organize difficult or multi-part projects.
  5. Nirvana: Recommended by Lifehacker and Technorati, this tool helps you set your goals, organize your projects, and get them done efficiently. And whether it’s category tagging, prioritizing, or creating a ‘waiting for’ list, you can export all of your organizational efforts in no time flat.
*Disclosure: Social Web Daily is sponsored by MyLife.com

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