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4 Time-saving apps you need today

Have you accomplished everything you set out to do today? If not, it may be that efficiency is holding you back. With an array  of apps available for your every need, there’s no longer a reason to rush through one task to jump to the next (only to get nothing done).

We’ve picked 4 essential apps to get you started:


EvernoteEvernote allows you to create notebooks in which to organize your thoughts, ideas and notes. A “note” can for example be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage, a photograph, or voice memo and can have file attachments. No more paper writing or using the basic notebook on your phone. With this app, it is way easier!


Any.Do enables you to easily manage your daily tasks. The layout of this app looks smooth and simple to use, and it allows you to add and complete tasks with reminders that can be personalised based on their importance.



RescueTime gives you an accurate picture of how you spend your time on your smartphone or computer. For example it’ll indicate how much time you’ve spent tweeting or writing emails. It’s a very helpful app to increase your productivity!


Hootsuite gathers all of your social media profiles into a single dashboard so you can easily monitor and update all of them quickly and easily. It lets you schedule status updates on any social network, stay up-to-date with your friends, followers and more from your phone or desktop computer.

Virtual employee vs. at the desk employee

When people are asked what they think a virtual employee is they usually imagine a robot that replaces a real person. This is a common misconception. A virtual employee is a  person that differs from a regular employee only because they’re not always physically present in the office. The individual is not required to be office-bound to a specific location.
As an employer, it is important to assess what kind of impact a virtual office environment has on your employees, how this affect the quality of their work/life balance as well as the business? When hiring a full-time virtual employee, you are actually outsourcing the workload to be completed from any place in the world.

You are still able to have full control of what needs to be done. Studies have shown that there’s a positive correlation between a virtual workplace and the effects it has on businesses; it enables greater productivity, higher morale, increased flexibility and may lead to employees working longer hours – all made possible thanks to teleworking.

Companies can choose from a bigger pool of international employees without the restriction of a geographical location and the less time spent travelling to and from work has proven to be beneficial. Companies that take advantage of virtual employees, own the ability to form high performing virtual teams by hiring only the best staff, who are connected through state-of-the-art telecommunication tools.

In this regard, a virtual employee is not only as valuable as a desk-bound employee, but he/she has even more potential of being the better performing employee, especially if considering evolving technology. Allowing your employees to manage their own time, thereby creating a sense of personal and professional freedom, is a big step in the right direction. It raises levels of contentment and improves overall morale. It is however important to hire individuals, who are self-motivated and disciplined to ensure maximum productivity in an unsupervised environment.

Written by International Business Management Intern, Asmeret Woldekidan