After entering the world of work, I’ve come across my fair share of free web tools that claim to have all of the bells and whistles to keep me organized and on top of my work. I wanted to share the ones that have benefitted me, so you can save yourself the time from testing as many free web tools as I have!
It doesn’t matter what stage you are in your career journey – whether you’re working from home or in the office, if you’re a student/graduate looking to start your career or you’re working on personal projects – these tools can help you boss your tasks. Even better than that, they’re free for you to use!
Grammarly is an online writing assistant that makes your writing look professional and up to scratch. The software analyzes the text you’ve written and checks for any writing errors. The free version scans for grammar, punctuation and spelling errors and provides writing style recommendations.
The thing I love about Grammarly is how you can also view synonyms for many of the words in a document. When I’ve repeated a word I’ve written in a report or blog post draft, I’ve relied on Grammarly for word suggestions to make my writing look polished.
Canva is an awesome graphic design platform for making your designs look slick, clean and impressive. You can create resumes, presentations, flyers, social media graphics and much more – there are so many design templates available at your disposal.
Best of all, you don’t need any graphic design experience to use Canva – I have zero experience and I’m able to use this platform! I’ve created business presentations, spruced up my resume, designed a temporary food menu for my father’s restaurant and created Instagram posts and story highlight covers all through Canva.
To stay organized and on top of your day-to-day tasks, owning a to-do list app is an absolute must. Todoist lets you do that. As the app is cloud-based, all of your tasks can sync automatically. You can note down your tasks on the go anytime and on any device – you can even use Todoist offline.
If you’re looking for a project management tool that provides clean organization, flexibility and full visibility, then Trello is the app for you! Trello is a kanban-style list-making app that lets you organize cards into lists. The cards can be made up of tasks, notes, to-dos, projects, files, images, links – just about anything that lets you achieve your aims.
You can use Trello whilst collaborating with your team on tasks or for your personal use. I’ve used Trello to capture inspiration I’ve found online and then save and organize them in my Trello boards – they include my wedding, holidays, recipe ideas and running my own blog.
Evernote is a cloud-based app designed for note-taking, organizing, managing tasks and for storing media files. You create notes and save them into your notebooks (like you would with a folder), then organize your notebooks by assigning them names.
As Evernote automatically syncs your notes and notebooks between your devices, you won’t feel restricted by just working on a single device when creating or updating your notes. The flexibility of the Evernote app allows you to save your notes without losing track of them.
Dropbox is a cloud storage app that allows you to save files online that will automatically sync. That means you can access the files later on a different device. One of the things I like about Dropbox is how you can create Dropbox links to share files and folders with others. This makes it a far easier process compared to sending large files that the receiver finds difficult to download!
7. GOOGLE DRIVE
Google Drive is another cloud storage service that lets you access files across multiple devices. The difference between this service and Dropbox is that Google Drive is compatible with Google’s other products such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and more.
I’ve suggested both of these free web tools, Dropbox and Google Drive, as I’ve found it’s beneficial to store my Google product files in Google Drive and other files (Word, Excel and PDF files) in Dropbox.
Following on from Google Drive is their calendar app. Google Calendar works well with Gmail and other Google products, with notifications sent by default to your Gmail account. As it’s cloud-based as well, your events, reminders and tasks will sync through to all of your devices when you’re signed in to your Google account.
Sejda is an easy-to-use PDF editor for making quick edits to your documents. There’s no software for you to install – the tool can be accessed right in your browser. You can convert, edit, merge and split your documents – you have access to all of the basic functionalities without downloading software!
If you do a lot of reading and researching online, then Diigo will be perfect for you! The social bookmarking software allows you to bookmark and tag web pages, highlight sections on websites and annotate and attach sticky notes to your saved research. I’ve only recently come across this software and I’m obsessed with it! I only wish I came across Diigo sooner as I would’ve saved so much time researching and analysing content I’ve come across online.
If you’re looking for creative inspiration, look no further than Pinterest! Whether you’re looking for productivity and self-care tips to see you through your student or career journey, or you need the time to zone out and not think about work, Pinterest can help with that. I’ve created Pinterest boards for interior design ideas, bridal inspo (I found a henna design on Pinterest I had recreated for my wedding!), fashion and for self-improvement tips.
You’ll be surprised how quickly these free web tools will help you elevate your work or personal projects. You’ll check off your tasks in no time!
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