A new year is a great time to set goals that help you maximize your productivity and professional development. With the right tools, you can make sure that you’re getting the most out of your work and career. From team collaboration platforms that improve workflow to online courses that help you level up your area of expertise, read on to discover some tools to help set you up for your most productive year yet.

Here are some of the best productivity tools and professional development resources for 2023 to help you improve your career and get more done:

1. Enroll in a free online professional development course

With so many great online courses available today, expanding your skillset and gaining new knowledge has never been easier. Whether you’re looking to learn a new language, master a technical skill, or simply broaden your horizons with a course in something unrelated to work, there are plenty of options out there. Some of our favorites include: Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills from Coursera; LinkedIn Learning Webinars from LinkedIn, and Beyond the To Do List from iTunes.

2. Stay on top of your tasks

Staying productive and managing your time effectively is essential for success in any job or field. With the right time management tools, you can keep track of your tasks, set reminders, and more. Evernote is a great tool that helps you keep track of ideas, research, notes, tasks, to-dos, and more. Its intuitive organization tool and reminder system make it easy to stay on top of your work so you can get more done and work more efficiently. Prefer to take notes with a pen? We love the reMarkable tablet, a digital notebook that’s as close to paper as it gets and converts handwritten notes into text.

3. Organize team collaboration, virtually

Thanks to a variety of online platforms, tracking team projects has never been easier. Try Trello if you’re looking for a project management tool that makes collaboration simple. The drag-and-drop interface makes creating tasks and assigning them to team members a breeze. Monday.com is another great option that allows members to plan, manage, and collaborate all in one place.

4. Find inspiration from these books and podcasts

There’s no shortage of inspiring business books and podcasts. From stories of entrepreneurs who’ve created and scaled companies into global entities to tenured leaders who’ve motivated teams to achieve greatness, it doesn’t hurt to read and listen to others to gain career insights. “Habits for Greatness” is an Audible Original podcast that features 30 lessons from some of the world’s most respected thinkers and most influential schools of thought. It’s a great choice for those interested in both personal and professional development. “The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living” (2016) by Ryan Holiday is a classic for getting into the mindset of some of the most extraordinary thought leaders of their time. For those looking to shift their mindsets, “Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present (The Path to Calm)” (2021) by Nick Trenton is a great option for those who are interested in reducing stress and unleashing their unlimited potential to start living.

Make the most of your workday in 2023 and beyond. With the right tools, you can stay ahead of the curve and maximize your productivity. Try out these four professional development and productivity tools today.

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