How to practice effective time management in work

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Time might be infinite, but it’s something we all wish we had a little more of. With only 24 hours in each day (and even less when we consider our working day), it can be easy to see our time as a limited hourglass, slipping away before we can grasp it. However, whilst we don’t have the power to slow time down, we do have the ability to manage the time we do have effectively, simply by allotting specific chunks of time to certain tasks.

The key to unlocking your most productive self at work is to consider when you feel most alert. Are you someone who feels brightest in the morning when you first get to the office, say at 8 or 9 am? Or does your energy boost during the afternoon hours? You may fall into one of these two categories, or perhaps even somewhere in the middle. Once you’ve narrowed down your most productive hours, managing your time effectively suddenly becomes a whole lot easier. And here’s how you can do it:

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Why there’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” productive morning routine

tailor a morning routine to suit you

Ah, the age of information. With the internet at our fingertips and more digital devices than you can shake your old-fashioned stick at, we’re really never short on advice. From the best way to mash potato, to the intricate theories of quantum physics – there is something written on just about everything. But when everyone is an expert, it can be hard to know whose advice you should take.

The latest flurry of business articles have become fascinated by the daily habits of super-successful CEOs – with the morning routine, in particular, highlighted as the key to unlocking the door to productivity. The problem is, success isn’t something you can cut and paste. We all have our own ways of approaching tasks – and what works for Elon Musk isn’t necessarily going to work for you. Read on to find out why:

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Relief for the eternally busy: DropTask case study, Katie Allen

how Katie Allen uses DropTask for task management

Katie Allen is a web developer and freelance artist, with a busy life to boot. Before DropTask, she was struggling to manage her many tasks and duties. DropTask has allowed Katie to organize her multiple projects, and in a visual format which best suits her workload. Read on to see how DropTask works for Katie, and to discover why she’s deleted her Trello boards:

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The smart way to achieve your New Year goals

DropTask New Year Resolutions Goals

New Year’s resolutions – let’s face it, most of us make them. But, why is it so common for our motivation and good intentions to dwindle after a couple of weeks, falling back into our old habits before the winter snow has had a chance to thaw out? The biggest reason why our goals fail is simply because they are unrealistic or too broad. If your resolution is ‘to be more productive in 2019’, you will find it difficult to know where to start. However, by breaking this goal into smaller, more specific actions, such as ‘I will fit in an extra hour of work each day in January’, this will help you identify definitive actions that you are more likely to stick with in order to achieve your ultimate goal.

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Merry Christmas from everyone at DropTask

Merry Christmas from DropTask

With Santa just around the corner, we’d like to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas, from the whole team at DropTask.

Over the years, we have gained insight from people around the world who are using DropTask to make themselves – and their teams – more productive and engaged at work. 2018 has been a very exciting year for us, we’ve released many brand new, innovative features to make your experience using DropTask even more motivating and rewarding than before.

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4 reasons you should invite your friends to DropTask this Christmas

Uh-oh, you’ve done it again. The weeks have passed by in a festive blur and suddenly there’s a whole lot of Christmas gifts to find, and no time left to find them. But before you start mass buying fluffy socks and bath sets, we have another idea which might just be the most interesting and genuinely helpful present you’ll ever gift. Whether you have a friendly neighbor, creative colleague or hard-to-buy-for uncle, this gift can work for everyone and anyone.

So what is this magical all-encompassing gift, you ask? Well, you’ll likely be (un)surprised to hear that it’s DropTask. We know what you’re thinking, of course, we’d say that. But hear us out on this – we’ve put together 4 reasons why inviting your friends to DropTask is the perfect way to spread Christmas cheer:

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Ho Ho Ho-w to Organize Your Office Christmas with DropTask

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From parties and Secret Santa, to office trees and booking days off, the festive period is a busy time of the year where planning can never start too soon. Think DropTask is just for managing work-related tasks and meetings? Think again! Read on to discover handy tips on how to organize all your office festivities this year with DropTask.

The first step is to add a new ‘Christmas’ project using DropTask’s Canvas View. Then, create all your different categories within the project such as the party, Secret Santa, the food menu etc. Within these category bubbles, you’ll be able to add tasks for each festive activity on your to-do list. Be sure to invite everyone in the office to your project so they can participate in the festive planning.

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3 simple steps to end your 2018 with success

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When we think of goal setting, we tend to associate this with our New Year’s resolutions. However, why wait until January to make a start on your goals? With only a few short weeks left until 2019, now is the perfect time to consider what you want to achieve before the end of the year. Goal setting doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds. In fact, by breaking your goals down into smaller, actionable tasks, you’re more likely to accomplish them. A recent study by psychologist Gail Matthews showed that people who write down their goals were 33% more successful in achieving them than those who only formulated outcomes in their head.

By putting in the work now, you can reduce stress, keep on top of your projects and get your new year off to the best possible start. Here are 3 simple ways DropTask can help you commit to your goals, maximize your motivation, and end 2018 on a productive streak of success.

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DropTask in Education: Timothy Butt, teacher case study

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Timothy is a busy executive STEM teacher for a primary school in Sydney, Australia. In charge of a number of duties, day-to-day, Timothy can be found running extracurricular clubs, handling eLearning coordination and cybersafety within his school – all this is in addition to studying for his Master’s degree. Timothy discovered DropTask whilst looking for somewhere he could manage all his tasks in one place. From powerful task prioritisation to time efficiency, here’s how DropTask works for Tim.

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How remote workers can stay productive & happy

DropTask is perfect for remote workers

With remote working comes freedom – and lots of it. Moving beyond the standard structure of a 9-5 office job means those who work remotely are empowered to choose their work time, location and can generally tailor their day to best fit their role. However, as with everything, there are some downsides. Without the motivation of a day-to-day routine or the support of a surrounding team, remote workers are more inclined to overwork and feel isolated whilst undertaking their daily duties. The good news is that when these issues are properly managed, working out of office looks to be the liberated future of work in our tech-enhanced world. Read on to discover the essential tips every remote worker should practice to stay connected, productive and healthy:

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