“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and consistent effort.” – Paul J Meyer
Any savvy business owner aims to save time and work smarter. Depending on the size of your business, as a fitness studio owner, you don many hats throughout the day as a class instructor, front desk administrator, bookkeeper, marketing manager, handyman, and more. Running a successful fitness studio is no cakewalk. It’s why we need to put ourselves in the mindset of working smarter, not harder.
You’re not a one-man army. Productivity and management tools like One Fit Stop are critical to running an efficient operation so your staff can focus on providing your members a worthwhile experience while the back office runs itself. Here are our top four productivity software apps that will keep you focused on what really matters:
Slack is your go-to team collaboration software that unifies your entire team communications. It integrates with apps like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box among others. This messenger application can serve as the hub for your team member’s group message and email communication. It’s the preferred method of communication for small businesses because you are able to categorize conversations into public and private channels relevant to a specific topic or event. For example, you can create a private ‘#workouts’ channel for your trainers and instructors to discuss programming and to bounce ideas off one another.
Similarly, you can have a ‘#members’ channel dedicated to new leads, new member onboarding, important reminders to send to your members, and overdue payments. Additionally, perhaps you’ll find value in creating an ‘#events’ channel to help organize the next in-house competition your studio is running.
Pricing: Freemium. Unlimited users and channels on free tier
More info: https://slack.com/
Asana is a cloud-based project management software that keeps your team organized and accountable. The application is a fan favorite among many business owners for its robust features and ease of use. You can seamlessly create and assign tasks to team members and set deadlines and reminders.
In addition, you can organize complex projects like in-house or local events with Kanban-style board flows. Asana can be integrated with your favorite productivity applications. The application is free and web-based, so all you need is a solid internet connection and you’re good to go.
Pricing: Free basic plan. $10.99/month when billed annually
More info: https://www.asana.com/
Every business owner should have a dedicated password manager software in their company toolkit. Keeper stores your login information you use to access apps, websites, and other services. In addition to safeguarding your identity, credentials and sensitive data, Keeper generates strong, unique passwords to ensure you aren’t reusing them across multiple apps and services.
No one wants to have their information compromised in a security breach. Using unique passwords goes a long way in ensuring if one website gets hacked, your stolen password can’t be used on other sites.
More info: $20.99/year
Forest is a great tool that motivates you to put your phone down and focus on the task at hand. Here’s the rub: you are responsible for building a forest of trees where every tree symbolizes your task. As long as you remain focused on your task, the app will plant a tree. However, if you switch over to Facebook or to check your Inbox, the tree you’re nurturing will wilt.
Forest is part smartphone game, part productivity tool. But unlike a traditional mobile game, you win this one by successfully staying off your phone. Best of all? Forest team partners with a real-tree-planting organization, Trees for the Future, to plant real trees on the earth.
More info: https://www.forestapp.cc/