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Without a doubt my most reliable productively tool—and it’s free. Google Docs allows me to track and manage projects, set up editorial calendars and create invoices. It has vastly eliminated my e-mail backlog because all changes and suggestions proposed by invited users are made and saved online, so there is no need to send an e-mail attachment every time a change is made. Users can also create and embed surveys and events in their websites and track user responses. To use Googledocs, all you need is a g-mail account, which is also free.
—SUCCESS contributing writer Ivy Hughes
Keep track of huge quantities of information and important to-do’s via mind mapping.
—SUCCESS reader Adrian Bashford Creative
ProOffice.com and DocStoc.com
CreativeProOffice.com offers free event and client management, and DocStoc.com is a free database of commonly used forms and documents, which I use every day for mostly everything. They are both user-friendly and there are never any technical problems.
—SUCCESS reader Toinette Rogers
Opera Mini and Opera Mobile
I use this browser like a mobile office, communication center, e-book reader, entertainment server, etc.—a multifunctional digital pocket miracle and a next-generation Swiss Army knife.
—SUCCESS reader Greg Smith
Great search tool for social media keeps me informed.
—SUCCESS reader Jorgen Welsink
Online document sending and backup services site that gives you the storage you need plus allows you to sync your docs, photos, video, music (anything really) to a variety of devices—from your smartphone to your PC, Mac or even your iPad. Better yet, everything can be set to sync automatically, leaving you free to get something else done.
—Mariana Lenox, SUCCESS Media Digital Assets Manager
From the September 2010 edition of SUCCESS, read our 47 Top Tools & Strategies for Productivity.