Gotta Have ‘Em: The Office Tools You Can't Live Without

Published Wednesday, October 20, 2010 1:52 PM

When it comes to must-have office tools its hard to beat the computer and the phone. Is there a single industry or job today that doesn't rely on one of these two devices to make it through a workday? We think the answer is no. But what about other tech tools, the iPad, or social media resources such as Facebook or Twitter? Are these must-have, must-use productivity tools?

The Beyond Folders bloggers are always on the lookout for new and useful resources. In our past post In Search of the Best Office Productivity Tools we asked for your top productivity tools. We're still collecting input so send your thoughts our way! In the meantime, we want to share two "must-have" lists: one catalogs the top four tools chosen by more than 330 IT workers at large companies and the second are the resources of choice of a freelancing digital nomad. 

The Four Office Tools That Tech Workers Can't Live Without: 

  • Laptops
  • Mobile phone
  • VPN access
  • BlackBerry

The least useful tool according to these IT pros? The desk phone was number one with video conferencing a close second. Food for thought.

7 Productivity Tools I Couldn't Live Without | FreelanceFolder: 


  • InFormEnter: A small, clickable icon that displays a form that can be configured to add your name, email and address time after time without typing.
  • StumbleUpon Toolbar: Personalized recommendations of web sites based on past preferences.
  • ToDoIst:  Free to-do list and task manager.
  • Google Docs:  Create, share and edit documents online.
  • FoxMarks: Great bookmarking tool.
  • LeechBlock:  Productivity tool that blocks time-wasting sites (i.e. games, etc.) for defined periods of time.
  • Rescue Time:  Time management software.


We want to hear from you. Please share your top productivity tools and resources here or at the Beyond Folders Facebook page.

by Carly Fadako


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