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As we say goodbye to 2018, it's time to look ahead to the future. As a business, you can take steps to better prepare for 2019. With the use of certain digital tools, you can make everyday work life easier for you and your whole team. This can lead to an increase in productivity and in turn, more overall success. Here are some of the best digital tools to help your business rock 2019!


If you find that you're always procrastinating and putting off completing some project tasks, you may need to get better at your organizational and project management skills. Trello makes it easy to do both better. Use Trello cards to sort tasks and check them off as they get done. This is a tool you can easily use on your own or with your whole team. A free version is available or paid plans start at $9.99 per user per month. This is an especially great tool to have if you have multiple team members working on projects—eveeryone can check off their tasks as they complete them so the whole team is on the same page.


You likely have a lot of ideas, but are you keeping those thoughts and ideas well organized? For many business professionals, the answer is no. Evernote can simplify note-taking for you. This digital tool can be used on your smartphone or computer and it allows you to take and keep track of notes more easily. Have a lot of receipts? Need a good place to organized client notes? Sick of losing sticky notes and notebooks? Give Evernote a try instead. You can try this tool for free or look at paid plans, which begin at $7.99 per month.


If you're the social media manager and handle your company's online marketing efforts, it can be hard to keep up with regular posting. This is especially true if you post on multiple social media platforms. The good news is Buffer is here to help. This simple-to-use tool allows you to schedule out your social media posts ahead of time. They'll automatically most at the time and date of your choosing. It also shortens links for you, too. A very basic free version is available, but professional plans start at $15 per month.

Google Forms

If you ever need to collect data from your customers or colleagues, Google Forms can make the process a lot easier. This simple but powerful tool collects information and keeps the whole process easier for you and the people filling out the forms. This is a great way to collect customer feedback or to take a quick poll. Once users fill out the form, all of the collected info is sent back to you. It's really that easy.


If you're on a sales team or use email for your outreach efforts, proper inbox organization is key. Streak makes that possible. Easily organize your emails, know when to follow up on a message, and track when your emails are opened with this tool. If you're sick of looking at a cluttered email box, Streak is for you. A free plan is available or paid plans start at $49 per user, per month.

Stay Focused

If you've ever had trouble keeping off of certain websites or social media during the work day, Stay Focused is here to help. This browser extension is easy to use. You choose the websites you'd like to block and how long you'd like to restrict access. This will greatly improve your productivity during the workday. The best part—it's free to use. These are some of the tools that you can use to better your brand as you head into a new year full of new projects and goals. If you need help with your web development, branding, or marketing needs— Bowen Media is to ready to help make things easier and stress-free. Custom web design and professional website maintenance can help set you apart from industry competitors.

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