Category Archives: DropTask Tips

3 productivity myths that are actually slowing you down

Beat these productivity myths with DropTask

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.
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Managing a remote workforce with DropTask

Back to School

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.
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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:

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A quick guide – Using DropTask’s new Planner for personal productivity

DropTask Planner

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.

DropTask Planner Assigning Canvas

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.

DropTask Planner Creating Task

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.

Teams, collaborate better this July 4th with DropTask

July 4th DropTask

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.

Congratulations

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.

Delegate

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.

Set due dates

Define deadlines
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.

Smart ideas for staying productive this summer

Summer has officially arrived – hooray! Now that our days are filled with sunshine and heat, being stuck in the office is might be feeling less desirable. Summer is also a time when workplace attendance drops by 19% and projects can take up to 13% longer to complete. So, how do we make the most of summer whilst still getting the work we need to do done? At DropTask, we pride ourselves on smart ways of staying productive, and that’s why we’re here to help. Read on for some of our favourite ideas.

Take your work outside
Sitting in a hot, sweating office is no fun for anyone, but the sun being out is not a good enough excuse to take the day off. Why not switch up your work environment and take your to-dos out in the sunshine? Take your laptop or iPad and head outdoors. With DropTask’s online and offline capabilities, you’ll be able to edit progress, ask team members for updates and schedule meetings, all whilst you enjoy the hot weather. And don’t worry, when you return to the office your tasks and projects will instantly update to keep everything up to speed.

Start your day earlier
When the afternoon comes around, the heat can make us feel exhausted and lethargic. Instead of starting heavy tasks in the hottest part of the day, get started on those daunting tasks in the morning. Not only are the mornings a little cooler, but you’ll be able to focus on the urgent things that need to get done before any distractions occur later in the day. To hone in, use visual indicators on tasks, such as Urgency and Importance icons, to mark what needs your attention first thing. Did you know, people take in visuals 80% better than written text? Use eye-catching Cover Images to help identify your most important tasks. Before you know it, you’ll have turned a backlog of to-dos into completed tasks.

Reshuffle your priorities
With summer in full swing, some people will have planned a well-deserved vacation break. Before you switch on your ‘out of office’, make a list of all tasks that you’re responsible for. Delegate these responsibilities to others by Assigning Tasks to team members to ensure things tick along nicely whilst you’re away. Use the Calendar assess Start and Due Dates and to see what will need to get done ahead of schedule. Reshuffle dates with a drag and drop, and feel at ease knowing that your schedule will instantly update. Be transparent with your team. Block out the time you’re away in your Team Calendar, so the people you work with know when you’re unavailable.

Set yourself up for a productive summer with DropTask. Sign up today for free.

Staying productive in a world of interruptions

As technology continues to advance, staying productive should be getting easier. In the workplace, the usual culprits of distraction are constantly pinging, buzzing and beeping. But, the question is, how do we stay focused when the temptation to break away from our current task is so frequent? Instead of letting hours pass you by, we’re on hand to help you get the most out of every minute. In today’s blog, read our top tips for staying engaged and productive in a world full of interruptions.

Find the power button
How many devices do you currently have spread across your desk? If the answer is more than one, then things need to change. Did you know, that jumping between different devices and apps actually makes us less productive? That’s right. When we work in this way, we increase the risk of losing important information, which is something that we don’t want to happen. Our advice? Switch off any additional devices and use just one to keep all of your important information. Make DropTask your home for everyday projects and keep tasks in one place. Upload documents, add notes, assign tasks and progress with your work, all from within one app and device.

Make a list
No, really! If you’re struggling to focus, create a list of things you need to get done. Did you know, that when things are written down, we’re more likely to go on and achieve them? Create an Urgency list in DropTask and before you know it, you’ll be one step closer to achieving the goals, you originally set out to achieve. In your Urgency list, you’ll be able to determine what’s normal or high urgency. With everything that you need to do right in front of you, you’ll be more inclined to get to work. If you’re concerned about forgetting about a task, don’t be. Urgent tasks will be assigned a colored lightning bolt to ensure they’re the first tasks that catch your eye whenever you open your project.

Block out the noise
Constant notifications can leave us feeling drained and overwhelmed. The inability to focus can also cause frustration when we realize we’re a day behind on our work. At DropTask, we never want you to feel like this. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, we want you to stay in control with how you’re being notified. We’ve updated our Notifications to ensure you’re being alerted only on the things that matter to you. Choose between Focused, Detailed or Custom Notifications. If you’re busy working on a monthly report or outlining the new marketing schedule, switch your Focused notifications on. Want to be informed more regularly? That’s fine too. Switch to Detailed or Custom Notifications to fine-tune your level of alerts based on your own needs.

How do you use DropTask to stay engaged in your work? If you have a story to share we’d love to hear it! Email us at support@droptask.com today if you’re interested in being a case study.

Become the best leader: 3 tips to manage your team successfully

There is no golden rulebook for how to get the best out of your team, but luckily DropTask is here to help. A good leader knows how to set deadlines, when to ask for updates and how to communicate effectively with their team. With DropTask, you’ll be able to maintain good team relationships, acknowledge great work and delegate tasks to those who have strengths in certain areas.

With DropTask, we make it easy for you to lead a happy and productive team. Read on to learn how.

Set realistic deadlines
Deadlines. Some people love them, others dread them. But we need deadlines to get things done, managers included. The next time you assign a task to a member of your team, ensure you make expectations clear on when it needs to be completed using Start and Due Dates. In DropTask, select the task deadline from the Start and Due Date picker. Once assigned, the task’s deadline will automatically appear in their Calendar. With an overview of their workload, you’ll be able to spot if deadlines and priorities need to shift and move them accordingly. Simple drag and drop the task’s deadline to a new date in the Calendar and feel rest assured that your team has a realistic deadline to work towards.

Keep track, without micromanaging
There’s a fine line between checking up on progress and constantly nudging for updates. Micromanagers will never get the full potential out of the people they manage. If you want an update on a shared project without interrupting your team, head to the Project Browser to see how things are getting on. Here, you can see what tasks have been started, placed on hold, fallen overdue and completed. This gives you the higher-level overview that a manager needs to map out the best next steps for your team project and offer support wherever it is needed.

Have some fun
According to ‘301 Ways to Have Fun at Work’, there’s a direct link between employees who have fun at work and those who are highly productive. DropTask helps to highlight those team achievements that deserve to be celebrated. Taking the time to recognize hard work keeps team morale and motivation high. And it’s not just big project milestones that deserve recognition and praise. With DropTask’s Congratulations feature, you can send your team a fun animation when they complete any task. What might seem like no-big-deal to some, could be a huge personal achievement to another, and as a manager, it’s crucial to acknowledge this.

How do you inspire your team to go the extra mile? Use DropTask as the go-to tool for a happy productive team. Sign up today for FREE.

Springtime projects: How to keep track, stay ahead and get things done

With spring being the season of new beginnings, it’s important that we take care of the projects that have been growing over the past few months. Have you got any projects that need more focus? Are you looking to prioritize your weekly tasks? Or, are you looking to inject a little more color into your current and future workload? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you’ve come to the right place. DropTask’s unique views help you to work at your best. Keep track of your projects, stay ahead and get things done.

If you’re looking to refresh your workload and supercharge your productivity, then take a look at our 3 tips below to find out how DropTask can help.

Switch up your style
Dull, mundane and linear projects only repel us from getting things done. Luckily, DropTask has a view to suit all styles of working, and makes tackling our workload a breeze. From the intuitive and colorful circles in the Canvas View, to clear visibility in the Workflow View and unique icons in Urgency Lists, your work will be far from boring. Plus, there’s no need to worry about changing views. Your work will be carried across so you won’t lose any tasks when you swap. Plus, depending on your project or mood, you can alternate between all views. There really is a view for everyone.

Focus on your priorities
Studies have shown that workplace productivity drops 20% during the spring and summer months. With the lighter evenings already in full swing, trying to focus on getting work done is sometimes easier said than done. “What was I doing again?” is a regular thought of ours when we can’t concentrate on the task at hand. To help combat this and to avoid getting overwhelmed, use Filters to narrow down on what’s in front of you. Filter by Importance, Urgency, Attachments, Tags plus much more. With fewer things on display, you’ll be able to hone in, fight through distractions and focus on your priorities.

Give yourself a pat on the back
The most important point, yet the one we’re all too used to forgetting about. We all know the positive effect that good vibes bring. That’s why we want to say well done to you. When we’re bogged down with work, we often forget to give ourselves a pat on the back. In DropTask, your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. When you reach productivity milestones, the celebratory Achievement feature will appear. This will not only give you a digital high-five, but spur you on to keep achieving great things. Plus, if you’re looking for a mid-week motivator, view your latest DropTask Achievement available now in the main menu.

Stay ahead of your work this spring with DropTask. Why not give it a go today? Click here to sign up today for FREE.