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The productive season – get things done this Fall with DropTask

become more productive this autumn

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and, no, I don’t mean Christmas. A study by Harvard Business School has found that we become more productive in the autumn months. When the sun’s out to play, apparently, so are we. The grey weather improves our focus and ultimately makes us more efficient at work.

While you may be mourning the loss of summer, right now is a great time to maximize your work efforts and collaborate with your team. Here’s how you can make the most of the productive fall months (and some tips for staying cozy whilst doing so):  

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Liven up your projects  

Your work doesn’t have to be dull just because the weather is. Inject some fun into your tasks by uploading Cover Images to DropTask. Adding aesthetic elements to your workload will make it more engaging, while visual cues allow you to identify projects in the blink of an eye.

If you’re using DropTask alone, inviting teammates is a great way to get your projects off the ground. A powerful tool of collaboration, DropTask works at its best with multiple users. Invite your colleagues and you’ll work at your best, too.  

Cozy tip: Forget summer salads, the temperature has dropped and everyone needs some comfort food to keep their energy up. Create a project in DropTask to organise an office baking competition –  a great way to start any working week.

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Tackle small tasks

Under the weight of a heavy workload, the niggly jobs can pass you by. While forgetting one small job might not be a big deal, forgetting ten can become an issue. Not all tasks have their home in a project. That’s why we created our Planner function, so everyone has space for their individual work.

Your Planner is for you, and you alone. Slot in standalone tasks to fit around your existing priorities and schedule work using Now, Next and Soon boards. Adapt your timetable to suit your most pressing jobs by assigning importance or urgency ratings to individual tasks. From rejigging your schedule, to unexpected incoming work, the Planner makes your life simpler.   

Cozy tip: When there’s a cold wind brewing outside, it’s important you keep your office comfortable. Numerous studies have found that we are at our most productive at around 71-72 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Connect the team

Colder weather doesn’t have to mean going into hibernation. With Halloween on the horizon, and festivities just ahead – fall and winter are great times for being social. And this goes for in the office, too. Keeping your team connected is easy when you collaborate with DropTask. 

Progress Percentages shows your team’s progress at a glance. Discussions allow you to talk about tasks in context, and with the right people using the @ tag. The addition of Checklists and Attachments make gaining task insights instantly accessible, leaving you more time for working.

Cozy tip: What we eat has an impact on our energy levels, state of mind and overall well-being. For Fall, we suggest a warming bowl of vegetable soup. Packed full of vitamins, this lunch is sure to make you feel both energized and snug.

remote working with DropTask

Work out of office

Whether it’s forbidding icy roads, or a pending home delivery – we all have to work remotely now and then. Bring the office to you by using DropTask.  With all your projects in one place, and instant task updates, staying in tune with your work has never been so easy. Even without WiFi, DropTask can be used on the go with your phone or iPad. DropTask Cloud will safely store your work, while the Sync Indicator will let you know your tasks have updated the next time you connect to the internet.

Cozy tip: Why not swap your morning coffee for a hot chocolate? The theobromine found in dark chocolate is reported to have energy boosting qualities, allowing you to enhance your focus in work. Plus, it’s far cozier than your usual caffeine buzz.

Want to keep your productivity up all year round? Sign up to DropTask for FREE and stay efficient whatever the weather.

4 Ways Small Businesses can Improve their Productivity

Being productive is important for any business. But, when your company is small, it’s even more crucial that you stay on top of your tasks. Being productive doesn’t just mean saving time. It brings a greater level of engagement in the office and a better work-life balance; efficiency matters to both the company and the individual. Good work gets done faster and employees have fewer late nights a week – a win-win for all.

Luckily for you, here at DropTask, we are something of an expert in the field of task management. So, to ensure your workplace is functioning at the highest possible level, we’ve come up with four key tips to increase office productivity:

make your SME productive with canvas view in DropTask

1) Less planning, more doing

Timescale is a key factor in boosting staff productivity. If you’ve ever had a to-do list that’s as long as your arm, you’ll know that inefficient planning can eat into the time spent actually doing the work. With DropTask’s Canvas View, firing out tasks is quick and easy. Add new tasks to your project in Canvas View with a speedy double-click and quickly populate your workspace with bubble-shaped to-dos.

Being able to respond to change quickly is a key characteristic of an innovative small business – DropTask offers you the flexibility to do this. Whether it’s a deadline which is bumped up or reordering tasks, DropTask’s Planner can adapt. Your Planner is your own personal workspace. It gives you the freedom to instantly schedule tasks Now, Next and Soon from any project, keep track of priorities and quickly rejig when needed.

be productive, manage your workload

2) Manage your workload

When a small business is managing a high volume of work, it can begin to feel overwhelming. There’s only so many times you can underline, circle or number your urgent tasks without losing sight of what’s really important. Workflow View is helpful for projects that move through logical stages, allowing you to see your tasks in linear lists. The simplicity of this visual tool makes processing workloads easier and helps to drive them forward. Team avatars provide instant clarity of task ownership, and Importance & Urgency flags draw your attention to where it’s needed the most.

work anytime, anywhere with DropTask

3) Work anytime, anywhere

Being out-of-office doesn’t have to mean being out of the loop. Good teamwork is crucial for smaller companies, but being physically in the same workspace isn’t always possible for modern teams. With DropTask for desktop, web, iPad, and phone you can rest assured you always have a central hub of collaboration. Real-time updates mean notifications will alert you when you’ve been assigned to a new task, or when changes have been made to an existing one. For managers, this means you can assign work remotely. Use task checklists and Progress bars to keep everyone up to date with the project.

improve your small team's communication with DropTask

4) Clearer communication

A clogged up email inbox is good for no one. It takes time to work through, requires superhuman levels of concentration and is often a symptom of micro-management. Discussions in DropTask have everything you need to keep communication brief and timely. Being able to add attachments means no more trawling through your inbox. Using Discussions in DropTask is guaranteed to save time, and ultimately boost productivity for small businesses.

Try DropTask’s productivity-boosting strategies to help your small business today – it’s FREE to join, sign up here.