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May 7, 2019

Top 10 Productivity Tools

Goodrop's productivity tools choice for startups. What a productivity company uses to get going!


The best way to measure your efficiency and the output that results from all your input units, is productivity. Being such a hot topic nowadays, the switch from “being busy and working all the time” to “getting things done fast and efficiently” is quite clearly attributed to learning how to use productivity to your advantage.

This is ultimately also our purpose (Goodrop). Offering you a tool that allows you to automatise as much as possible and stay organised & informed with as little input from you as possible.

So how does a productivity start-up stay productive?

We want to grow organically and constantly improve. We find that there are so many tech tools out there that not only are very user friendly with a great support team behind, but also come at an affordable price.

Here you have our top 10 productivity tools:

1. Hubspot

“Marketing, sales, and service software that helps your business grow without compromise” is how they sell themselves. They promise to help you grow and we couldn’t agree more. This is definitely one of our favorites. We use Hubspot to manage our sales funnel & e-mail marketing. The insights & analytics they provide are very intuitive and truly highlight our pain-points and unique selling points. If you want to create e-mail or marketing workflows & track every part of the process, to be able to improve it; if you want to see where your customers drop out, this is the tool for you!

2. Mailchimp

Any e-mail or social media content creation difficulties? Try Mailchimp. Easy to use & free, this products will take your e-mail marketing at the next level. Everything is in one place, and you can easily track what wordings work best for what type of e-mail campaign you are trying to create.

We think this is definitely one of the first tools, you should start using when implementing your marketing strategies.

3. Airtable

What if you could have a very interactive, easy-to-use, pre-organised excel, where drag & drop is  your best friend and you can easily switch between your projects/tasks? Look no further, Airtable has got you covered. This tool is making organisation fun. With a clean & sleek design, Airtable is an intuitive platform that serves many purposes. Whatever you are looking to achieve, they most probably have the right feature for you and the right template to go along.

Our favourite part about Airtable? They are visualisation gurus, offering you unlimited ways of communicating information in the most visual way possible. You can use it for free and pay a small fee should you want to take things to the next level.

4. Webflow

This platform allows you to create your own websites in a semi-professional way. On one hand, they have the basic templates, blocks, text & images that you can drag & drop to create yourself a nicely designed website. On the other hand, should you want to go a step further and dig into how to come up with something more complex that involves a bit of coding, Webflow enables you to do that. Yes, we know, you might not be a developer. Well, the whole purpose of Webflow is actually allow you to get the same knowledge and perspective as a developer, without actually having to write any code.

5. Typeform

Do you want to be one of those companies that have a great online presence with beautifully designed websites & blogs, amazing visual content on social media that uses a basic black on white form for any type of surveys or subscription forms? Neither do we, that’s why we found Typeform!This platform, allows you to give life and integrate your form design with that of your website or brand. You can use one of their templates that are build based on specific needs and make your adjustments.

Last but not least, you can save time by connecting Tyepform to your other apps, such as Hubspot, Google Sheets or Mailchimp, and automate your work.

6. Zapier

This platform will make sure you save time and get productive, in no time. Zapier’s USP is that it will connect all your apps and automate your workflows. It will basically make sure that the information on one web app is available on all of your other web apps as well.  

With over 1500 + web apps available to use with Zapier, they promise to keep you up to date and take care of highlighting what is important for you.

7. Trello

This is definitely something that we use on a daily basis. Trello will help you keep your work organized in a visual way using task cards. You have the freedom to organize your work however you want and then have a great overview over what needs to be done, when & by who.

The platform is very user-friendly: you can simply drag & drop cards and information, you can add deadlines, assign tasks and make sure people receive e-mails with notifications regarding the activity on Trello.

8. Slack

One of the most straightforward tools we have come across. Slack is a cloud-based team communication tool, that enables people to share information. Whether you want to talk to a specific person or create a group, the platform enables people to chat in a professional setting.

With slack, you can share files, you can have video calls, you can integrate some of your other apps etc. Slack can be used to acknowledge people’s work/success, to inform the company employees of the latest changes and updates and many other things.

9. Google drive

This is one of the famous, popular ones but it still deserves mentioning. Google drive helps you cloud store your files and share them with you teammates. This is a great way to make sure everyone stays updated and that files will not get lost if your computer decides to crash.

10. Powerpoint/Keynote

To finish off with, we want to mention PowerPoint or Keynote (if you are a Mac user). These tools have been around for a while and even though we all take them for granted they are still heavily used and most productive. Whether we need to quickly crop a picture, pull together a small presentation, showcase the steps of our work etc., we sometimes just go old school and use Powerpoint. It’s fast, useful and gives you the freedom to get creative.

To conclude, there are so many options out there and so many tools that promise they will change the way you work. The good news is that most of them come with a free trial or package. We suggest you give them a go and see for yourself what works best.

What’s most important is to not lose track of your goals and take only what works for you.