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Social Media Savvy: 10 tools we use to stay productive and happy

Milena Regos
Special to the Bonanza

Reflecting on the year past and looking ahead to 2015, we strive to commit to things that make us happier, help us work smarter not harder and minimize the clutter in our lives.

Whether you like it or not, technology has become a part of our lives. In the case of people like me who work in online marketing and social media, technology sometimes can feel overwhelming.

Yet, technology if used properly can be helpful to keep the information and data we need organized while automating and centralizing our tasks and activities.

Check out these tools we use to stay efficient, save time, and process and share information with the people we choose. We will release a series of three articles to cover all 10 tools, and this is part one of three.

1. Evernote

Evernote is one of these magical apps developed to capture your ideas, meeting notes, sketches and even food shots (with Evernote Food) and keep them organized in different notebooks.

No more scrappy pieces of paper and folders for different projects, meetings or clients. It will sync your notes on all of your devices so if you start something on your phone, you can access it from your iPad or computer later.

The search function is fantastic on Evernote so even if you are not the most organized type (like me) you can still find notes from years back. Sending emails to Evernote is easy too.

Why we like it: Get Evernote, stay organized, remember everything and get rid of the clutter.

Price: Free or upgrade to Premium

2. Asana

Asana is a project and task organizer and collaborator tool. Whether you choose to organize just yourself or work with a team, Asana is an easy to use project management tool where you can collaborate with other people on your team, clients or freelancers.

It integrates with Chrome, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box (which makes file sharing easy), Harvest (time tracking), ZenDesk (customer support), MailChimp (email marketing) and more.

Why we like it: Use friendly interface, easy to use, keeps communication on projects in one place and out of the inbox, not too overburdened with bells and whistles, mobile friendly.

Price: Free

3. LastPass

The thought of having passwords stolen, forgotten or hacked is a disturbing and unpleasant scenario so we recommend using a password manager system to protect passwords.

There are a few of them on the market, I prefer to use LastPass. I can keep passwords organized by folders and I can get all my passwords available on all devices.

I pay the premium price for LastPass but it comes to $1/month and for piece of mind I can live with that.

Why we love it: We can sleep at night knowing our passwords are safe and secure.

Price: Free or Premium

Milena Regos is principal and founder of Out & About Marketing, an Incline Village-based digital marketing and social media consulting firm. She can be reached for comment at milena@outandaboutmarketing.com. This article first appeared on http://www.outandaboutmarketing.com.