Best Web Tools for Your Self Improvement

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Jennifer Robson
10 August 2017

In this blog we are going to introduce you to a range of web tools, which will help you to improve your life, achieve your goals and become more productive. 
To make it easier to know where to focus we have split them up for you into the following categories: 
  • Schedule and Timing
  • Goals and Dreams
  • Finance and wealth
  • Travel and exploring new things
  • Volunteering and Charity

 

Schedule and Timing
Assistant.to: Once installed, Assistant.to adds a widget to all "Compose New Message" windows in Gmail. Simply choose meeting times that work for you, and Assistant.to will add them to your email with a note asking the recipient to choose one of the meeting options.  Assistant.to works best for people who already use Google Calendar, since the extension uses data from Google Calendar to flag potential time conflicts, but your recipient can accept your invite using any calendar app. http://www.assistant.to
Doodle can put your meeting time to a vote with a few clicks. Simply input information like location, potential meeting dates, and time options, and Doodle will create a sharable poll that you can send out to your team. From there, each team member enters his or her email address, and votes on a time slot. It's a straightforward, democratic way to coordinate. http://doodle.com 
TimeBridge is a web app that can coordinate your meetings for you. It's compatible with Outlook, Google Calendar, and iCloud, and syncs your calendars with its scheduling app. With a TimeBridge account, you can set a few default meeting options and black-out times when you’re never available, but you’ll be limited to five suggested timeslots per meeting. www.timebridge.com
Google Calendar: With Google Calendar, you can manage all of your dates, appointments and meetings from a remote access platform.
Calendly saves multiple meeting types, so you can clone weekly or monthly meetings, keeping your preferences for length of meeting and available time-slots intact without affecting your default settings for new meetings. While Calendly works well for scheduling meeting with individuals or team members within an organisation, its custom events links work well for sharing events with clients and customers, too. https://calendly.com
Todoist: Todoist is a task manager and calendar that works with Gmail, Firefox, mobile devices and more. http://todoist.com/
Cozi: Cozi is a family calendar that will help all of you remember each other’s games, dates, vacations, meetings and more. http://www.cozi.com/
 
Goals and Dreams
GoalsOnTrack: It allows you to record the goal, the purpose, start date, end date, metrics, subtotals, habits, and action plans.  http://www.goalsontrack.com/
Lifetick: Lifetick is a web based software that helps you set, track and achieve your goals in life. http://lifetick.com/index.html
Strides helps you track all your goals and habits in one place. It helps keep you motivated and on track with flexible reminders and beautiful charts.
Goalmigo: On Goalmigo, you can set, track and share your goals while receiving reminders and support to help you along the way. http://www.goalmigo.com/
MyProgress.com: MyProgress.com helps you track skills, financial progress, wealth growth and more. http://myprogress.com/ 
 
Finance and Wealth
Bankrate Calculators: These calculators from Bankrate.com will help you figure out savings, mortgages, housing affordability, credit cards and more. http://www.bankrate.com/calculators.aspx
Mint: Helps you effortlessly manage your finances in one place https://www.mint.com
Acorns: Acorns automatically invests your spare change. https://www.acorns.com.
Level Money: Level Money calls itself the “mobile money meter.” Once you connect the app to your bank account, it automatically calculates your income and recurring bills, and then suggests what your daily, weekly, and monthly spending should be. https://www.levelmoney.com
Credit Karma: Besides offering free credit scores and reports, Credit Karma allows users to monitor their spending patterns by linking to their credit card and bank accounts. Based on that information, Credit Karma recommends better credit card or loan offers that can further improve your finances. https://www.creditkarma.com  
 
Travel and Exploring New Things
CIA World Factbook: Discover everything there is to know about other countries and cultures, from flags to demographics to geography to economics. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
TripAdvisor: Get ideas for different vacations to take by reading reviews and looking up deals on this site. http://www.tripadvisor.com/
National Geographic Maps: Study world maps. http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/maps
Festivals.com: Look up festival dates for all types of events, including Shakespeare festivals, food and beverage festivals, historical festivals, music events, arts and crafts festivals and a lot more. http://www.festivals.com/
Recipe Atlas: Experiment with recipes from Denmark, Germany, Greece, Brazil and more when you use this site for inspiration. http://www.recipeatlas.com/
 
Volunteering and Charity
Give your own life more meaning when you help others.
Idealist.org: Look up all types of volunteering and travel opportunities on this site. http://www.idealist.org 
Volunteer Match: Volunteer Match is another site that helps you find enjoyable nonprofit organizations and volunteer projects. http://www.volunteermatch.org/
Volunteer.gov: This government site features a calendar of events, a searchable directory of projects, and more. http://www.volunteer.gov/gov/
Network for Good: Find charities to help through volunteering your time or financial donations. http://www.networkforgood.org/volunteer/
Charity Navigator: Check out if charities that you’re interested in supporting are legitimate organizations here. http://www.charitynavigator.org/
 
Environment
Get outside and learn about the environment to boost your mood, help you feel more in tune with nature, and explore something new.
The Nature Conservancy: Learn how you can help protect the environment and different natural habitats around the world. http://www.nature.org/
National Park Service: Look up national parks, history of the land and special events and activities to spend more time outside. http://www.nps.gov/
 
Organization and Productivity
Get organized and make your work and personal life more productive using these tools.
Basecamp: Get more done with this very productive project manager. http://www.basecamphq.com/
Evernote: Evernote is a Windows tool that lets you clip and share notes and pages from the web. http://www.evernote.com/
LinkedIn: Join this community to network and build up business contacts online. http://www.linkedin.com/
 
As you can see from our list there are lots of great tools available to help you get organised and stay focused. 
 
Our top tip is;
Have a play with a few of the ones we mentioned, get to know them and what they can do for you. Once you have tried a few out you will get a feel for which ones are working for you and which ones are causing you extra work! You obviously want to make this process as easy as possible for yourself so discard the ones which you don't feel add value to your day. 
The process of practicing using new tools and working out where they can add value to you can be really beneficial in helping you to become the happier more successful you. 
Good Luck! We would really love to hear which ones you enjoy and which ones didn't work for you and why. 
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