Category Archives: Motivation

How to stay productive in the darker weather

DropTask productivity in dark weather

We all know the feeling this time of year; you look out of the window around 5 pm to find the winter darkness has already settled in for the evening. If you’re finding the dark weather is making you demotivated or less productive than usual, you’re not alone. With our days becoming shorter, darker and colder, it’s not uncommon to start to flag and feel tired earlier in the afternoon. It happens to the best of us – however, if you’re mindful of the effect the dark weather is having on you, you can take simple, effective steps to dig yourself out of a productivity slump.

So, if you’re feeling the winter blues starting to sink in, here’s how DropTask can help you tackle them head-on to help boost your mood and stay focused all season long.

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Boost your willpower with DropTask

Whether you’re trying to reach an important goal at work or stick to a new fitness regime – willpower is a must. While this is all well and good in theory, very few people find that willpower alone is enough to get them through to the end. Maybe you’ll get more work done initially, or stick to your fitness schedule for a few days – but then your willpower wains and you fall back into old habits. But worry not, it turns out there’s more to willpower than first thought. Numerous studies have found that willpower is something we can exhaust, but also something we can strengthen. Forcing yourself to focus on a task which is particularly hard or boring will send you into willpower depletion.

Getting willpower-savvy will enable you to strengthen your restraint, allowing you to get more done without running out of juice. So, if you’ve ever beat yourself up for falling off the wagon, you’ll be relieved to hear that there are multiple ways you can buckle your seatbelt and stay on board for the foreseeable future.

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Smarter organization

You wouldn’t try to single-handedly tackle a team project, so why would you approach task management alone? Planning your work without any helpful tools is time-consuming and difficult to do consistently. Organization is key to boosting your motivation – did you know that decision making burns up large amounts of willpower fuel? Don’t burden yourself with the task of deciding which jobs to start and when. DropTask offers you peace of mind and alleviates you of your decision-making duty. By giving all your projects and tasks a home, you can rid yourself of that “am I forgetting something?” feeling. Canvas View offers a bird’s eye view of your workload – while progress bars offer instant visual confirmation of your work status. So, you can get your most challenging tasks done and dusted without lessening your willpower.

Use Planner to quickly rejig priorities for a willpower boost

Balance your day

Every job will require you to work on tasks which are difficult or mundane now and then. It’s how you handle these tasks which is key to boosting (or deflating) your willpower. Trying to push through even when you’re mentally exhausted – or – putting off the task altogether, are both common pitfalls in the workplace. Remember to think of your willpower as a muscle; regular exercise can strengthen it but overworking will lead to exhaustion. You can balance your day by completing your most challenging tasks in the morning when you’re at your most alert, leaving the more mechanical work for the sleepier afternoons. To create this order, you need to give structure to your priorities. DropTask’s Planner makes laying out your day simple with Now, Next and Soon boards. Simply filter the most pressing or challenging tasks onto the board and easily move tasks as you get through your workload – giving you the zen you need to keep up your willpower throughout the working day.

Discussions and due dates will make meeting deadlines easier than ever

Set realistic goals

Willpower is directly related to your motivation and outlook – when you feel positive and motivated your willpower is stronger. Everyone enjoys reaching their goals. When you complete a task in the correct timeframe you are left with a feeling of accomplishment. However, when you fail to make a deadline you’ll likely feel defeated. These outcomes can set the tone for future work, which is why it’s so important to stay optimistic in your approach to new tasks. The best way to achieve this is to set realistic goals and create a manageable stream of work. Avoid the temptation to overestimate how much you can get done in a day – and don’t forget that regular breaks are key to recharging your willpower. Use Due Dates in DropTask to set deadlines for each task, and collaborate with your team to make sure workload is shared equally for team projects. Discussions also allow you to talk about tasks in context, meaning less time is wasted drowning in your inbox. With less time spent planning, faffing and procrastinating you’re sure to give your willpower a reboot.  

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Something wonderful this way comes. 3 ways to tackle terrifying deadlines

DropTask Halloween Planning

Forget ghouls and ghosts – the real world offers far more fearsome challenges, from managing shifting priorities to feeling swamped by your monster-sized workload. However, at DropTask, we have brewed up something special for you. From organizing your tasks to adding reminders and notes for detail, take a fresh approach to your work and turn your project nightmares into a blissful dream.

There’s no need to feel spooked by your workload this Halloween. Here are 3 ways DropTask can help you fight those frightful deadlines.

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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.

DropTask Planner

Create a digital workplace

Though you’re not in the same physical space as your team, DropTask allows you to simulate an office environment within its clever interface. By creating multiple projects, and seeing your team’s avatars on their assigned tasks, you’ll feel as though you’re in a virtual meeting room.

DropTask’s Canvas View also enables you to visualize workloads, priorities and task dependencies. By attaching files to tasks, your team will be able to store and access all of their work within DropTask. Much more efficient than a filing cabinet or desktop storage space, your seamless digital workspace will ensure that nothing gets lost.

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Set clear expectations

By communicating with your team digitally, both yourself and your team will have a record and overview of all accountabilities and wider plans across the business. Through creating projects, assigning tasks to team members and setting due dates, everyone will be on the same page. This means no steps in a process will be missed and no work gets duplicated.

As a manager of a remote and seemingly invisible team, trust is a must. Stay focused on goals, rather than activities and your employees will take care of the rest. Employees can easily assign their tasks to be done Now, Next or Soon, as well as adding personal tasks to their Planner. With this innovative alternative to a calendar, they’ll be able to manage their daily workflow with a tool that’s as flexible as they are.

With DropTask, employees can work flexible hours, allowing them to work at whatever time they perform best. Whether or not your team are online at the same time, it’s easy to see where project members left off with particular tasks and documents. This means everyone will be kept in the loop, despite the difference in working patterns and time zones.

Daily Email Summary

Give timely feedback

With the ability to attach and access files within DropTask, you’ll be able to easily review your team’s work, providing feedback quicker than ever. Using the @ tag, just like instant messaging, chat with team members using the Discussions feature on specific tasks, drastically cutting down on lengthy emails.

When you’re not meeting your team face-to-face, it’s easy to let employee motivation slip. Don’t forget to celebrate colleague successes, big or small. Use DropTask to congratulate team members when they mark tasks as completed and a burst of confetti will shower their screen. By building a positive culture with frequent communication, you’ll be able to boost morale within your workforce wherever they are in the world.

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Why DropTask is the only task management app you need

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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.

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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.

DropTask Planner

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.

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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!

Task management has never been easier with DropTask. Sign up for free today, or try DropTask for Business for unlimited projects and members.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

How to get the most out of your day

It can sometimes be a task in itself thinking about how to tackle a to-do list. Why are we less productive on certain days of the week? Everyone is different. Luckily, DropTask is on hand to ensure every day is a productive one. It will help you to make progress towards your goals, one step at a time. Plus, with brand-new features such as Emoji Reactions, Achievements and Congratulations injecting some fun into your work, it will feel less daunting to complete. See below how DropTask can help you to get the most out of your day.

Be strategic with your inbox
Emails can hinder us from getting stuff done. Whether we’re reading them, replying to them or writing them, how often do you get trapped in your inbox? Think about it, as you spend time writing responses, more emails are going to come your way. Instead of getting sucked into an endless amount of emails, you can create a DropTask Project for those tasks that need your urgent attention. If an email pops into your inbox that requires action, use the Email into DropTask feature. This will transform your emails into actionable to-do’s in your very own DropTask project. Wasting time in your inbox will be a thing of the past. With everything stored in one workspace, you’ll save time jumping back and forth and be able to concentrate on getting the job done.

Lift team spirit
Steve Jobs said “Great things in business are never done by one person; they are done by a team of people.”  Teams who encourage one another accomplish great things. Being able to work alone is a must for most job roles. But the ability to be a team player and step up to the plate is a desired quality of any employee. If a team member has gone the extra mile to help you get stuff done, give them a digital high five with the Congratulations feature. With the click of a button, your colleague will be showered with confetti on their DropTask workspace. Pretty cool, right? This show of gratification will let them know that you’re appreciative of their work. This will lift their mood and make them more likely to give you a helping hand next time.

Set deadlines to work towards
Whether you want to achieve a personal goal or complete a project at work, it’s important to set deadlines. Why? Well, when deadlines are assigned to a goal or task, we’re more likely to act upon them. In DropTask, use the Start and Due Dates feature to assign important dates to your task. By doing this, a visual reminder will appear around the task circle. Tasks that have a date assigned to them will automatically be slotted into your Calendar, a great feature if you’re wanting to assess your schedule over the new few weeks or months. And, better yet, when a task falls overdue your set date will turn red. If you were lacking motivation before, you’ll soon be determined to get to work.

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3 tips for spring cleaning your workload

Now that Spring has sprung, the evenings are getting lighter and the temperature is heating up. While we welcome the change in seasons with open arms, it got the DropTask team thinking. What better time than the present to freshen up our workloads? This spring, use DropTask to dust the cobwebs off messy workloads. When our work environments are chaotic it restricts our ability to focus. It’s time for you to get organized, freshen up your to-dos and make sure you are on track to achieve your goals. Take a look below at how DropTask will help you spring into action.

Keep everything in one place
It’s long been believed that a messy desk is a sign of low productivity. Instead of using your desk as a space to hold documents, conversations and important notes, pour everything into DropTask. Create Tasks in a collaborative project for everything you need to get done. If you’re working with others, Assign Tasks to team members so that everyone knows who’s working on what. The great thing about DropTask is that you can Attach Files to your tasks. So the next time you’re responsible for an important document, simply upload it to DropTask so that you know exactly where it can be found. Documents are stored in the task which means they’re easily retrievable. Not only saving you time that you’d usually spend searching for documents but in return, making you more productive too.

Create a defined structure
Sometimes, when we don’t know the next steps to take in a project, things get stalled and fall behind schedule. And, while we miss these deadlines, we end up creating more work for ourselves. So that you and other team members are aware of the project cycle, drag and drop tasks in the Canvas on top of one another to create Task Dependencies. These visual arrows will help you define the order of steps you’re going to take in the project. With a clear view of the path you’re going to take, you’ll gain a big picture overview of the project and ensure nothing falls behind.

Remember to go the extra mile
Workloads can become messy when we don’t complete tasks to our maximum potential. How many tasks have you started, but not yet completed? Push yourself to go the extra mile every time you’re assigned a task, and ensure you get it across the finish line. Every step counts. Use the Progress Percentage Bar to indicate how far you’ve got left to go. Your progress will be visible on the task, so you’ll always be reminded of the work that’s left to complete. Want to hear the best part? When you complete a task, you’ll be prompted to give yourself a pat on the back with the new Congratulations animation. Plus, all of your Completed Tasks will contribute to your DropTask Achievements, so you’re always one step closer to your next productivity milestone, and you’ll gain an instant boost of motivation, too. So what’re you waiting for? Finish those ‘nearly there’ tasks and reap the rewards today!

With DropTask, say goodbye to messy workloads and hello to a refreshed workspace, powering up your productivity and helping you to get more stuff done. With these three tips, you’ll feel re-energized and be rearing to get to work this spring, your most productive season yet.

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Boost workplace happiness with NEW Emoji Reactions & Congratulations features

Let’s face it, we all love receiving positive feedback. Even a simple 🙂 can lift our mood and spur us on to achieve more. At DropTask, we know how important it is to maintain good vibes in the office, and receiving a pat on the back makes the job more worthwhile. This got us thinking. With projects moving fast and teams spread across the globe, we don’t always get the chance to give someone the high-fives they deserve. So, you can now show your appreciation to your team for getting over that final hurdle as it happens, right here in DropTask. Sometimes, the road to a project finish-line is long and tough. But our latest update makes it easy to inject a bit of cheerful encouragement into your working day. So, to really kick-start your #MondayMotivation, we’re excited to introduce our brand NEW Emoji Reactions and Congratulations features to the app. Instantly celebrate success and cheer on your team with our exciting new update. Read on to learn how Emoji Reactions and our Congratulations feature will boost team happiness and inject a little bit of fun into your working day.

Emoji Reactions in DropTask

Like it, love it or even hate it? Share your thoughts with Emoji Reactions

When it comes to teamwork, effective communication is key. Emoji Reactions* are a quick and fun way for the whole team to have their say, without really saying anything. Agree with a comment a team member has made? Now you have the ability to give it a ‘thumbs up’ or maybe even a ‘trophy’. With a huge library of familiar emojis, you can react to comments in any way you see fit. Emojis are more than just smiley faces and hearts. They help teams communicate better and enable people to make more personal connections at work. They make our thoughts and feedback more engaging and can even soften the blow of critique. Some team members are quieter than others, and may not give their opinion in words or person. Emoji Reactions are a laid back way to get thoughts from everyone on the team. With a wider range of options inputted into the project, you’re bound to see exciting improvements in end results. Set a more friendly tone in your workplace and let your true company culture shine through with DropTask Emoji Reactions. Change your workplace the tone from stuffy to friendly and help your team members feel good about the message you’re sending out. So what’re you waiting for? Start adding reactions to comments today.

Show your team some appreciation with new Congratulations

Positive energy is contagious and we all love that feeling when we’re able to tick off tasks. When you and your team are working hard on a project, it’s important to keep motivation high by celebrating even small wins. Now available in DropTask, celebrate Completed Tasks with the all-new Congratulations feature. If you’ve been working on a task with others or assigned a task to a team member, you’ll get a notification when it’s been carried over the final hurdle. Send an instant Congratulations straight through to your hard-working colleagues. By doing this, they’ll be greeted with a feel-good animation which will be sure to motivate them for their next task. At DropTask, we know the importance of showing praise to other members of the team. The benefits speak for themselves. Congratulating team members not only boosts their self-esteem but encourages workplace productivity. Promote a positive teamwork culture and show your colleagues you don’t take their hard work for granted with DropTask’s new Congratulations feature today.

Eager to try out our latest update? Sign up now to DropTask and let us know your reactions to our latest features on Twitter @droptask. Tweet us using the hashtag #MondayMotivation to let us know how our new updates are encouraging you to go the extra mile.

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Looking for some end of week motivation? You’ve come to the right place

Well done, you’ve conquered the mid-week hump. Not only is the weekend within touching distance, but Monday has already been long forgotten about. So, how do you remain positive and productive for the final few days of the week? DropTask is on hand to give you a little boost of motivation to help end this week on a productive note and put you in a better position for the following week.

To help you make the most of your Thursday, we’ve noted down our top tips for remaining motivated to get you through to the end of this week.

Do something different

Do something different
Sometimes, when we get stuck in the same routine, our motivation takes a serious hit. The same goes for our work too. Instead of structuring your work in a mundane fashion, use DropTask’s visual and intuitive Canvas to help brighten your workload and make everyday information more enticing . Inject some color into your working day and personalize tasks with Cover Images. Did you know visuals act as a motivational tool? Our brains are more inclined to absorb the information that’s being displayed when they’re used. Plus, even when you switch to block-shaped tasks in the Workflow, Calendar and Urgency Lists views, your Cover Images remain right where you left them. Try it for yourself, and reignite your interest in whatever you’ve got left to do.

Take a break with DropTask

Take a break
It really is that simple. If you’ve hit a slump, take 5 minutes away from your desk to recharge your energy levels. The great thing about taking breaks is that they help restore your productivity. When you work for long periods of time without taking the time to pause, you are more likely to burnout from exhaustion – and that will do nothing for your long-term goals. Grab a coffee, go for a walk outside or catch-up with a colleague. Whatever you need to do to renew your focus, do it! And don’t worry about your work disappearing while you’re away. Before you head off, add a Progress indicator to your task so that when you return, you can pick up exactly where you left off. DropTask keeps all important files, dates and conversations in one secure place, so they can be easily retrieved wherever you are and whenever you need it.

Regain your focus

Refocus
When our motivation is wavering, we’re more likely to become distracted from our work. We’ve all been there. Jumping between tasks, getting lost in email threads and not really getting anywhere. No matter how busy we feel, in reality, this only makes us less productive. In DropTask, cut through the noise and use Filters to hone in on your priorities. See only the things you need to see and Filter by Urgency Level to see what requires your attention right now.

Keep your productivity, energy and motivation high for every working day with DropTask. Sign up today for free.