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:
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. Continue reading →
Time is a finite resource. If you lose money, you may be able to make it back; but a wasted hour is irreversible. Though you cannot add hours to the day, being able to maximize the time you do have is an invaluable skill. Time-manage your way to success with these 6 quick hacks and an organizational boost from DropTask: Continue reading →
Everyone wants to be their best, most effective self, especially at work. Discover the 3 myths you’ve probably been believing in the hope to be more productive. Spoiler alert! They’re actually slowing you down. It’s not too late. With a few adjustments to your working habits, and a little help from DropTask, you’ll uncover the secrets to getting more done, without doing any more work. Continue reading →
The way we work is changing. Companies are seeing rewards from a more flexible approach to working practices. Gone are the days when your talent pool was restricted to a reasonable commuting distance from your headquarters. Today, companies have opened themselves up to simply securing the best person for the job, regardless of their location or time zone.
However, with teams dispersed across various workspaces and geographical locations, remote working also has its challenges. But, with DropTask (and our top tips below), you’ll feel in control when managing your team of flexible workers. Continue reading →
With so many task management apps on the market, it can be hard to sift through the noise and choose the right one for you. How many of you have found yourselves adjusting the way you work to suit an app you decided to give a try? We believe the best task management app is one that works in sync with your daily routine. DropTask adapts to you so you can organize your various tasks and projects with ease, in a clear and visual way.
Now is the perfect opportunity to de-clutter your phone and desktop. Say goodbye to separate tools for your email, calendar and notepad. With DropTask, you can combine all of these into one and freshen up the way you get things done. Take a look at these top reasons DropTask is the only task management app you need, and you’ll never look back.
Manage multiple projects & delegate tasks
Having a good system for managing your projects is vital to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently. Use DropTask to create multiple projects within one productive workspace – share and organize your tasks with others by adding your teammates to collaborative group projects, where you can organize your tasks in color-coded order. Have a project you’re working on individually? Create your own private project so you can keep track of the tasks you need to get done separately from your group projects.
When working collaboratively, it’s also important to delegate tasks effectively so your workload stays balanced. DropTask makes it easy to view and update the progress, importance and urgency of each task. Add any details you need to each one, from Due Dates and Reminders to Tags and Checklists, so your team can get an instant overview of what the task entails. Have a colleague away on holiday? Easily Assign multiple people to tasks so your projects can continue full steam ahead. Having the ability to clearly see who is working on what and communicate updates all within one workspace will keep you organized and in control.
Schedule your workload and manage priorities
One of the most important elements of task management is being able to organize your own time and understand your priorities. However, we all know how quickly tasks can change when something urgent crops up.
Tackle your workload and easily adjust shifting priorities with your DropTask Planner. Your Planner works across all projects at once, helping you keep your workload balanced and under control, wherever priorities may come from. A handy alternative to your calendar, your Planner is less governed by time and more focused on flexible and personal productivity. Within your Planner, you can categorize your tasks into ‘Now’, ‘Next’ or ‘Soon’, meaning you can easily rearrange your priorities and work on what matters most. Got an urgent piece of work you need to complete? Simply drag and drop your tasks across the three ‘Now’, ‘Next’ and ‘Soon’ columns, so you can clearly view your main priorities at a glance.
Clear communication with your team
Open communication with your team is vital to success. It not only helps your projects run smoothly but keep your colleagues focused and engaged. Maintain a seamless flow of communication within your projects using DropTask’s Discussions. It can be easy for people to get dropped out of conversation with email. Discussions take away the hassle of long-winded threads and keep conversations focused on the task at hand. Use discussions to add general comments, or use the ‘@’ symbol to mention specific friends or colleagues to update them on a task. Anyone tagged in a comment will receive an instant notification, so you can ensure you are all informed and working on the same page.
It’s true that happy, motivated teams are the ones that thrive and succeed. Brighten your colleagues’ day by congratulating them on a job well done. With the simple click of a button, you can sprinkle their completed tasks in a bright shower of celebratory confetti. DropTask’s Achievements also inform you when you hit major milestones, helping you to take notice of your successes and appreciate just how far you have come. All the more motivation to keep going!
If you’re preparing for the start of a brand new school term, DropTask can help you manage your priorities and prepare your work in time for when the bell rings. Whether you’re organizing homework deadlines, or planning your lessons for the week, DropTask will help you to stay on top of your goals for a stress-free school year.
To help you jump back into classroom life, take a look below for 3 ways you can set yourself up for success this semester. Before you know it, you’ll be armed with the knowledge and tools you need to make this semester your most productive yet. Continue reading →
When you’re part of lots of collaborative projects, keeping your priorities in sync can be a challenge. You need a space to view all the tasks that lie ahead of you, so you can work through your responsibilities strategically – without letting anything slip. We designed your DropTask Planner with this in mind.
Work collaboratively, but in your own way
Your Planner is yours and yours alone. It is only visible to you and cannot be found by anyone else in your team. This makes it the perfect place for personal prioritization. As you are planning projects in Canvas or Workflow View, you can schedule your own tasks for Now, Next or Soon and find a copy of them in your Planner. Visual markers – that only you can see – are added to specific tasks in your projects, helping you to keep your own priorities in mind.
Give all your tasks one home
It’s unrealistic to think that all tasks come from projects. Some tasks just crop up, out of nowhere, and they need to get done. Your Planner allows you to create standalone tasks that can live outside of projects. They only exist in your Planner, and you can schedule them for Now, Next or Soon depending on how quickly they need to be completed. Introduce these standalone tasks and get them ticked off alongside your project tasks. Keeping all your to-dos in one place, no matter where they come from, will help to keep your priorities balanced and in sync.
Work flexibly to your own deadlines
You’ll notice that your Planner is dateless. We’re giving you the freedom to set your own time parameters. Tasks on your Now board might need to be dealt with before lunchtime, but, for another DropTask Planner user, that same Now board may consist of tasks that are to be completed before the end of the week. It’s down to you and how you work best. And, as priorities shift and new tasks arise, you can rejig your Planner to reflect what’s now most important. In the modern world, you must be flexible in order to achieve. The ability to pivot and reassess your priorities is crucial, and DropTask’s Planner allows you to do just that.
How have you been using your new DropTask Planner? If you’re looking for some extra inspiration take a look at our full DropTask Planner tutorial here:
Try DropTask’s new Planner today to prioritize the personal tasks that will move your shared projects forward – with real world productivity. Sign up today for FREE.
Powerful prioritization with your DropTask Planner
Even the best task management tools can’t help you to do everything at once. DropTask is for real-world productivity. And, we know, that to stay on top of your workload in the real world, you need to be a pro at prioritizing.
As tempting as they can feel, traditional to-do lists won’t cut it. Trying to fix down to-dos in a linear list will only end in disappointment. New tasks can crop up that need to take priority, and immediately your list is redundant. Pen scribbles, confusing arrows and wasted paper will get you nowhere. You need the flexibility to pivot and reorder your to-dos based on what’s happening around you.
DropTask is giving you a more realistic way to tackle your personal workload. Work across all projects, and use the new DropTask Planner to schedule your assigned tasks for Now, Next or Soon. These three simple boards are just for you to use, and they’re going to help you properly prioritize whatever you’ve got to get done. And, if things crop up, you’re free to shift your current tasks around and slot in those new to-dos – simple.
See the Planner in action – Watch our video here:
Get to know your new DropTask Planner
So, when you’re faced with a heavy workload, how do you decide on what’s a priority? In this blog, we’ll help you to assess the tasks that lie ahead of you and prioritize flexibly and effectively using the boards in your new DropTask Planner.
Keeping your goals in mind, consider if you should be working on a task right now, or if there are things to do before it. If you’re assigned to a task of urgent importance, then it belongs on your Now board. Be strict. Tasks on your Now board cannot be put off and need your immediate focus. You can define your own time-frame for your Planner. Tasks on your Now board may need to be completed this morning, today or by the end of the week. Anything that needs to be done after that time belongs on your Next or Soon boards.
On your Next board are the tasks that can wait for now, but will soon need to be tackled. These tasks might depend on you finishing the Now tasks that you’re currently working on. It’s important to consider dependencies while prioritizing your workload. For example, you may have “Book flights” on your Now board, but “Arrange airport transfer” on your Next. Once you’ve completed a Now task, turn your attention to a Next task by pulling it across to its neighbour board. This one-out-one-in cycle keeps your workload manageable and will get you into an effective rhythm of productivity.
Your Soon board is for those tasks that you need to do, soon. Sounds obvious, but this Soon board is a crucial part of your prioritization process. Soon tasks have enough importance to deserve a place in your planner, but they don’t need your attention right now. By giving them a space on your board, they’re not going to slip through the net. One day, your Soon tasks will become your Next tasks, and eventually, move their way through the framework until they are marked as complete from your Now board.
Once you’ve added tasks to any of your boards, you can reorder your task list to add an extra layer of prioritization, with the freedom to reshuffle at any time. When you’re working in a DropTask project, schedule your tasks for Now, Next or Soon from the sidebar to find them in your Planner. When you’re in your Planner, you can add any of your tasks from existing projects. Being able to work across tasks from any projects allows you to keep your individual priorities in sync, no matter where they’ve come from.
Did you know?
In your Planner, you can create tasks that stand outside of projects. We all have those odd, miscellaneous tasks that don’t quite fit into a particular project. But, these tasks still need a home. They can now live solely in your Planner, scheduled amongst your existing priorities and ready to be actioned. They are yours and yours alone, and will only be found in your Planner, which only you can see. If ever you need to, you can later assign these tasks to any of your projects from the task sidebar, and work collaboratively on them with teammates.
Try DropTask’s new Planner today to prioritize the tasks that will move your projects forward – with real world productivity. Sign up today for FREE.
We’ve all had to work with others at some point in our lives in order to get things done. Whether it’s working towards a strict deadline or organizing a big event, we often rely on fellow team members to help us get over that final hurdle, and they’re often the ones who we’re celebrating with at the finish line. And, while some prefer working on their own, many of us can’t imagine facing everyday workplace challenges without a supportive team behind us.
Rally your work buddies together this 4th July with DropTask and create the best team on the block with our top tips below.
Boost morale – a ‘good job’ goes a long way
Being thankful for hard work and celebrating small successes can sometimes get pushed aside by other pressing deadlines. Recognition of your team’s hard work not only allows you to express gratitude for their efforts but also encourages employees to strive for greater results with a clear understanding of what behaviors and outcomes your organization values.
Share praise by instantly by Congratulating a colleague on completing a task – big or small. A playful celebration of confetti will shower their screen, and get them geared up for the next phase of the project.
Oversee, don’t micromanage
Employee autonomy limits the need for constant direction from managers and CEOs. However, in a 2013 survey conducted by Stanford University focusing on executive coaching, 35% of coaches admitted that delegating work is something that they need to work on. And even when managers do delegate responsibility, they fall into the trap of micromanaging the rest of their team, resulting in employees performing at a lower level (as found in a recent study).
Instead of feeling like you have to constantly look over your team’s shoulder, take a step back to show that you trust them to perform at a high standard. By granting the team a little authority, they’ll have the freedom to work together to get things done. After Delegating responsibilities, you can gently oversee project developments by looking at the ‘Active’ projects from within the Project Browser. Here, you’ll be able to view what’s in Progress, what’s been Completed, and areas that require your attention. With indicators displaying the status of the overall project, you’ll be able to keep track of project developments at a glance.
Strategic deadlines push the team forward towards the desired end goal. Set specific task Due Dates to inform your team of the activities and timescale required for the project’s successful completion.
How do you motivate your team to get things done? Introduce them to DropTask. They can sign up today for free.