Hootsuite makes managing a variety of social media accounts a breeze. With more than 35 social media networks connected to Hootsuite, you’re able to promote your content on all channels, directly from the online version or the Hootsuite app. If you contribute to group blogs, Hootsuite can help with that, too. You can work with different profiles on the same media platforms, so you don’t have to constantly log into and out of accounts, making Hootsuite a powerful time management tool.
Buffer is a must-have time management tool for bloggers who want to grow their social media presence without constantly sitting in front of a computer or tablet. The simple, streamlined app connects all your social media profiles and allows you to schedule posts, so you can maintain an online presence even when you’re not online. Social media can be an online distraction, so a tool like Buffer increases productivity by letting you work on social media in allotted time frames instead of staying on Twitter all day. As an added bonus, Buffer can create custom links so you can see which social media platforms are receiving the most click-throughs — it’s a powerful analytics tool.
Basecamp is a project management tool designed to help anyone who needs a little help organizing a project timeline. Basecamp can be used for collaboration on a team project — divvying responsibilities, developing a timeline and keeping track of project milestones. Bloggers and other freelancers will find value in Basecamp as well, because the tool will help organize and prioritize the many small tasks and big-picture projects that go into developing a successful blogging business.
RescueTime tracks the time you spend on your computer, giving you a detailed breakdown of how much time you spend on different activities. The time management tool tracks how much time you spend on different applications and websites — so you can really see how much time you spend “just sending a quick email” or “checking in with the team”. RescueTime also allows you to shut down websites that tend to distract you for specific amounts of time, so you aren’t tempted by your favorite social media sites when you’re working against a deadline — whether it’s one imposed by a manager or by the time you need to leave to pick up the kids from soccer practice.