Author Archives: Laurie Carey

How our upcoming desktop apps will give you all the flexibility you need…

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As the CEO of DropTask, my role is both exciting and challenging all in one.

I live for every moment in life and love to take on new challenges – especially ones that allow me to be my best.  I’m also a mom, a grandmother and a wife, so balancing it all is quite the juggling act.  I always have many balls up in the air and it’s critical that I minimize the chance of dropping any.  Utilizing DropTask to make sure I know what I have on my plate today, tomorrow, next week and sometime in the near future is key to making sure I can prioritize things in my personal life in addition to what’s happening at work.

I manage a global organization which requires the ability to work extremely flexible hours.  Not only flexible according to the time of day, but also in the places you need to be.  Imagine life 20 years ago, when productivity on a train, plane or automobile was restricted to reading materials and note taking using pen and paper. Things are much different now. At DropTask, our team is spread across three time zones in multiple continents so having a product that allows me to work offline as well as online is so important to my ability to be productive no matter where I am or what I am doing.

As I travel from the U.S to reach my team in Wales, it’s always an exciting adventure.  From plane to train to automobile is literally my journey each time I meet face to face with my team.  As I’m travelling and thinking about my goals for the week, I leverage DropTask on my phone to evaluate what needs to be accomplished.  I’m also a mom of four, so thoughts of what I need to do before I leave often consume me as I depart for my trip.  Leaving my family to head to Wales for the week can be stressful, but the ability to leverage DropTask to plan my departure makes the process much smoother and pain free.  For a lot of working moms, leaving on a business trip and knowing things are covered at home is critical so you can focus on the job at hand.  Personally, DropTask is my saviour, and the key is having wide access to my schedule and tasks exactly when I need it.

Travelling on the plane creates a bit of a productivity challenge for me. I like to be productive on the plane – but this requires me to be able to utilize a product in offline mode.  One that will sync whatever you input seamlessly when the internet becomes available.  I don’t want to have to think about waiting to get online when my creative juices are flowing, and one of the things I enjoy about working offline the most is the ability to channel creativity without the distraction of the internet itself.  Being inundated with emails popping in while you’re ‘in the zone’ and building your execution plan for the team is nothing less than distracting.  This is where I utilize DropTask on my phone and computer by putting myself in airplane mode either when required to by airline officials or when I simply want to disengage from the madness online.

I have had the pleasure to experience the Windows desktop release of DropTask in its early stages of development.  Kudos to our Windows development team lead by Ben Northmore who has provided me with this great new ability to work offline on my Windows device.   I can’t wait to share the beta release of DropTask for Windows with you all – it’s coming in the very near future.

For all those Mac fans out there, we’ve recently released the beta version to all DropTask PRO users to test as part of the exclusive Tester Program that you’re enrolled in as part of your PRO membership.  Our Mac development team has been hard at work to bring you an amazing experience using DropTask on the Mac, and the feedback in our Yammer Community has been extremely positive. I want to give a big shout out to the Mac development team lead by Krzysztof Nowak.

At DropTask our mission is to continue adding value to our product by allowing you, our customers, to leverage DropTask from your favorite device at any time.  DropTask is simple to use and requires absolutely no training, and our goal is to maintain this simplicity while providing enhanced integrations with the collaborative products that you’re already using every day.  So if like me, you’re in the fast lane and juggling multiple commitments on the go, then I urge you to get involved with our latest beta release of DropTask on Mac. Your feedback will help shape the final product, and the team and I would love to know what you think.

For details on how to participate, drop us an email at contact@droptask.com and be sure to join our DropTask Yammer Community.

A look into the future, from DropTask CEO Laurie Carey

Coming to DropTask in 2015
Our mission is to provide our customers with a way to manage their lives – both personal and professional, with a task management tool that not only has a profound and meaningful impact upon productivity and collaboration, but is also easy and enjoyable to use.  We can’t underestimate the impact behind giving your team a tool they actually look forward to using each morning, and over the past year DropTask has helped thousands of users visualize their days, weeks, months and even year as they’ve leveraged the best visual task management tool on the internet.  Helping customers to bring ideas, plans and visions to reality is truly what we’re setting out to do.

We released DropTask PRO in March of 2014, and it’s exciting to see how far we have come in just one year. Our team is energized by the customer response that we’ve received on a global scale, and there’s nothing more exciting than when we see our customers post comments like “In the two weeks since we started using DropTask, it is already making a difference at our 120 person design firm” – Carl Davis, Chrome Web Store Review.  Words can’t express the gratitude we have for the legion of DropTask fans who vocalize the significant improvements they see in their productivity each and every day. Your support means everything.

Our goal remains to provide simplicity for the everyday user through our freemium product, while at that same time enhance our PRO version to give customers the ability to utilize more advanced functionality.  Connecting DropTask with some of your other favorite tools – as well as making it accessible across a multitude of devices, is important to us. This will become more transparent as we look at what’s coming up in our roadmap.

As we gathered as a team to understand our priorities and to discuss the evolution of DropTask earlier this year, we wanted to bring about better engagement with you, our customers.  Many SAAS companies create features and functionality within their products based on assumptions. That’s not our style. The most important goal of our team is to create a product that our customers absolutely “love” and enjoy using each and every day.  The feedback we’ve received from our customers demonstrates that we have accomplished that goal.  Now, we’re ready to take things to the next level.

DropTask Yammer Community

In today’s society, microblogging is a common way to engage with people across the globe and Facebook is a great example of understanding what people like and how they share their interests. As we looked to find the right microblogging tool to engage with our customers, we chose Yammer.

Microsoft Yammer allows us to leverage microblogging within our teams and with customers who are current and new.  So we’re excited to announce that we have created a DropTask Community where you – our valued customers, are invited to share feedback, suggestions and general thoughts directly with members of our team.  Creating a better connection to what you want from DropTask will result in a product that brings amazing value in managing peoples tasks and lives – and we’re here to make a difference.

Click here to join our Yammer Community

Over the past year DropTask has provided a fun visual interface to outline your goals and to execute on your dreams – helping teams deliver exciting new products, plan amazing learning programs, and collaborate both internally and externally across organizations to deliver significant results. Customers are leveraging DropTask to provide insight into what’s happening; when does a task need to be completed, what is its priority and who is responsible? Meanwhile, the team here have been busy providing rich enhancements to the product that continue to provide value to our customers.

Over the coming months we will be introducing DropTask on Mac and Windows desktop – rounding out our device platforms and providing you with the ability to run DropTask in an offline mode. This means you’ll get the ability to manage projects and tasks from your desktop, mobile device, tablet and even through your favorite browser. We’ll soon be inviting members of DropTask PRO to an early access beta, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like more information.

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When you’re creating a product that deals with managing someone’s productivity you have to take into consideration that tasks evolve in many places.  They come about through conversations with others, when you’re alone and imagining your next big idea, and through interactions with other software products. We know you need to be able to track a task no matter where you are or what you’re doing.  This is why our team is hard at work bringing many new exciting integrations your way.


Outlook Integration

DropTask for Outlook gives you the opportunity to turn actionable emails into tasks within DropTask, so you can work seamlessly between managing incoming responsibilities and taking action to get things done. Click here for a complete guide on how to get started.


Evernote Integration

Our two-way Evernote integration feature allows you to synchronize notes between an Evernote notebook and a DropTask Project, or synchronize your tasks between a DropTask project and an Evernote notebook.  This feature is currently available in beta, and is open to all DropTask PRO customers as part of our exclusive tester program. If you’d like more information, you can speak to one of our PRO specialists by emailing us at contact@droptask.com.

But wait, there’s more! Later this year we also plan to integrate with Microsoft OneNote, in addition to making DropTask available on the wearable device platform. Look out for a future blog post where I look forward to covering this in further detail.  But for now, here’s a peek at what feature enhancements are around the corner…


Brand new visuals for task filtering

Advanced searching functionality

Project Archiving

Project Archiving


I look forward to hearing what you think about our 2015 roadmap – please leave your comments below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

Best wishes,

Laurie Carey
DropTask CEO

Bring life to your notes and get things done like never before with DropTask and Evernote!

Note taking has long been a part of our history, leveraged to capture historic events and to support us in scientific discoveries.  Taking notes is key to getting ideas and thoughts out of your mind and onto some material that will allow you to both clear your mind, and retain the thoughts and ideas for a later date. Most of us will have experienced that moment in time where you have an amazing idea or thought, but you know all too well that if you do not capture it quickly it will escape you possibly forever.  Have you ever found yourself panic stricken by the pure thought of losing that idea in the moment?

Well I know I have, that’s why I leverage DropTask to capture those ideas and put them someplace I know I will not forget to revisit and expand on when the time presents itself. With DropTask’s visual interface it allows for creative thoughts to develop in a fun and exciting way.  Having the DropTask app on my cell phone, which is almost always with me, is a way to capture my thoughts and ideas and set them aside for rediscovery when I have more time to expand on them.  Visually capturing my ideas and thoughts has never been more energizing and productive.

If I were to ask an audience of note takers what tool they utilized to take notes and capture their ideas, they would surely respond with many different answers.  Some might say they keep a traditional note pad and pencil on their nightstand, whereas others may use the voice recorder on their cell phone, or send a text to themselves so they don’t forget. It is likely some will even use the whiteboard in their office, but many would say they use a tool such as Evernote.

At DropTask we know how important it is to our users to be comfortable and effective in capturing information in your preferred tools. So, today we are announcing an exciting new integration with Evernote. Our integration with Evernote feature is currently being beta tested by some of our DropTask PRO users and will be publicly launched over the coming weeks.

en to dtHaving the ability to capture notes and to track actionable next steps within your preferred note taking tool is essential for getting things done. Whether you’re in a meeting taking notes or you simply have an interesting thought during a note taking session, you want to be able to push your tasks to one central place.  You want a workspace where you can easily monitor and manage next steps, and even delegate tasks to a team member if a little help is required.  Now, with the integration between DropTask and Evernote you can do just that.  Through our seamless integration with Evernote you can see your notes come alive and put them to action by sending them straight to DropTask’s visual and intuitive workspace, where you can manage your tasks and get things done.results

Remember, a great idea is just a great idea unless you share it with others and execute on it.  That’s why sending your notes to DropTask is the perfect solution to bringing your thoughts to life and watching your amazing ideas become reality, for both individuals and teams. What’s more, with a two-way integration, if you’ve started work on a task, but later decide you need to do a little more planning, you can gather your thoughts by viewing your task in Evernote – before sending it back to DropTask to continue making progress.

The integration between DropTask and Evernote, is just one of many new and exciting features our team is delivering to users over the coming months. If you have your own story on note taking or using DropTask to capture those all-important ideas, then share them with me in the comments below.

All the best

Laurie Carey

DropTask CEO

How do you organize your email?

Ever had an email land in your inbox that you didn’t want to forget to act on?  We all have, right?

To get organized some of us create an abundance of folders and place our items in there. But it doesn’t take long until an email you once thought you were categorizing for later falls victim to ‘out of sight, out of mind’ and never gets a second look. Maybe you leverage the categories in Outlook instead, but still find that the massive amounts of incoming emails eventually become unbearable. In frustration, you resort to yet another list and store it in OneNote, Evernote, or even on a whiteboard in your office… Sound familiar? I know I can certainly relate to all of the above.  Not any more though. Now, I use DropTask.Droptask

DropTask is a fun visual task management solution that allows me to not only organize my own personal and professional tasks, but also helps me to engage with teams across both my work and personal commitments that sometimes involve colleagues, friends and family.

Now as DropTask CEO, it’s quite possible that I may be biased, but I truly do love using DropTask because it’s so much fun and incredibly simple to use.  I use the full fidelity of the product on the website at DropTask.com, in addition to the mobile app on my phone which is useful for when I’m travelling or on the move. Think Productivity – the company behind DropTask, is an exciting place to work and the team that designs the features are bringing some exciting new capabilities your way over the coming months. Starting next week, they will present you with the golden opportunity to get your inbox organized once and for all by allowing you to send actionable emails straight from your Outlook inbox into DropTask, to manage it all for you.  Once in DropTask, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate and assign responsibilities to others to help you get the work done. All you have to do is simply drag and drop their photo on top of the cool task circle that will have formed from your email and ta-da! You’re done.DropTask Task assignment

Just by dragging the photo on top of the task you’ll have automatically sent an email to get some help – with all the details necessary for them to act included in the email.  You can set a deadline for when you need the task completed too, as well as setting various indicators to show how important or time sensitive it is.

But wait, did you just become the perpetrator for overloading somebody else’s inbox!?

Well, everyone has their own way of managing their time – and email is still a big part of that.  Don’t worry though, the recipient can use DropTask as well.  You can both work on projects together right inside a fun and productive workspace that’s sure to grab your team’s attention and inspire them to get more done.

So stop wasting time trying to manage the relentless flood of incoming emails, and have fun getting work done instead.  DropTask is the number one visual task management solution on the web, and to get started for free all you have to do is go to www.droptask.com. There’s also a great collection of support articles to get you up and running here, and our quick-response support team are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Remember, you may not be able to control the volume of email you receive each and every day, but injecting a bit of fun and efficiency into how you manage it can make all the difference. Got your own story to share? Leave it in the comments below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

All the best,

Laurie Carey
DropTask CEO