Bring your team together with these 3 simple steps

With the excitement of the Super Bowl all around, it’s time to give your own players a productivity power-up. We’re giving you 3 lightning-quick tips to help you get more out of your team with collaborative task management from DropTask.

1. Play to your team’s strengths

When you create a project in DropTask’s collaborative workspace, it’s easy to involve every member of your team. Assign Tasks to others based on their strengths to ensure your project runs efficiently with the best people for the jobs. With a clear overview of everyone’s responsibilities, team members will always know exactly who is working on what.

2. Huddle up and strategize

For a strong team performance, it’s important that everyone knows the game plan. With powerful task management features, DropTask allows you to establish team objectives and define project timescales. Set Start and Due Dates to outline key milestones. An up to date, shared Calendar keeps everyone on the same page. So, deadlines get hit, your team stays on track, and your project flies over that goal line. Touchdown!

3. Recognize those going the extra mile

Encourage that collaborative team spirit among your players. Keep morale high by recognizing those team members going the extra mile. Drop them a positive Message to let them know their hard work isn’t going unnoticed. This boost of encouragement will lift spirits and motivate them to keep up their best work. Quick and easy communication in DropTask will help your team stay at the top of their game.

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It’s a new year – Refresh your energy with DropTask

Many of us would admit that we don’t feel energized all day, every day. Some of us find it hard to kick-start our morning and don’t fully wake up until midday, wasting crucial hours. On the other hand, the early birds among us may hit a productivity wall in the afternoon and reach for the coffee to keep going. If you fall into either of these categories, it might be time to re-evaluate your work routine to boost your energy and better manage your tasks.

Of course, getting a decent night’s sleep and eating right can do wonders for your productivity. Combined with DropTask, you can raise your motivation to a whole new level and make task management a breeze. Read on to learn how DropTask will structure your tasks and streamline the way you work, to maximize your energy and help you get the most out of your workday.

 

Take time to reflect
Take time to reflect

Usually it’s unhealthy to live in the past. However, when it comes to your achievements, it’s worth taking a step back to reflect to give yourself the pat on the back you need to launch yourself into the future. When you find yourself in a work slump, skim through your Completed Tasks to give yourself a little boost of pride at how far you’ve come, and motivate yourself to accomplish more great things. Plus, by taking a closer look at your Completed Tasks, you can identify how they were tackled and if your methods were effective. You can use your tried and tested techniques to build on your previous success and save time and energy in the future. If something didn’t go as planned, you can pinpoint what went wrong and avoid repeating it.

 

Start and Due Dates
Find your motivation

We all have our energy slumps – we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t. Sometimes things can become repetitive, exhausting and overwhelming, but it’s always possible to bounce back with renewed energy. To avoid these drops in energy, identify the times of day you normally find yourself to be most productive, and when you find yourself struggling. Use Start and Due Dates to schedule tasks that align with your productivity spikes and dips. For example, if you’re more alert in the morning, schedule time for your most important tasks. If you think you are more likely to come up with great ideas in the morning, use that time for tasks such as content writing. If you find that your productivity weans in the afternoon, get stuck into a task that you are looking forward to doing. When the task rolls around, you are likely to find that your interest in the project motivates you to get more stuff done and power through the rest of the day. Once scheduled, your tasks across all of your projects will appear in your Calendar. See your work according to the date that you want to start it or when it’s due to manage your time and tasks effectively.

 

Pomodoro Checklists and converting to category
Take breaks to boost brainpower

Breaks are crucial to sustaining your energy. Without them, we find ourselves unfocused and drained, resulting in poor quality work and incomplete to-do lists. The Pomodoro Technique is a great way to enhance your focus, while also giving your mind some well-earned rest. The technique consists of working in sprints. It works by you doing concentrated work for 25 minutes, then you take a well-deserved 5-minute break, and then you repeat the process until you’ve completed 4 of these sprints. After each 4-sprint cycle, you take a longer break, perhaps 15-30 minutes, to stretch your legs, grab a snack and recharge. To accomplish larger, more time-consuming tasks, you can use DropTask’s Checklist feature to outline and tick off subtasks. It’s also a great way of seeing where you left off once you return from a break. If the task is large and complex, try Converting it into a Category. This way, you can create smaller tasks within this category to break it down into manageable chunks that are easier to accomplish during each sprint.

 

Repeated tasks and templates
Streamline your processes

Doing repetitive, mundane tasks can really drain our energy unless they are streamlined properly. Use the Repeated Tasks feature to schedule recurring tasks that are identical in every context (e.g. for payroll, regular bills and weekly reports). Set their status to repeat every day, week, month or year so you never have to worry about scheduling them again. You can also use Templates to semi-automate any projects which require the same actions to be taken, but in a different context, on a regular basis. For example, if you frequently need to plan events, you can save yourself time and energy by creating a project template that has categories like ‘Guest list’, ‘Accommodation’ and ‘Transport’. You never have to start from scratch meaning you can quickly spring into action.

 

Cover Images
Visually stimulate your mind

A little burst of color goes a long way when you’re desperate for energy. A blank, boring workspace is demotivating, and when you’re already feeling fatigued, it will only serve to make things worse. DropTask’s visually vibrant task circles bring color and imagery into the mix. Try adding Cover Images to your tasks to act as visual reminders of what needs to be done and regain some energy. Experiment with different colors and see how they affect your energy levels. Does red revive you? Does orange stimulate your brain? Make good use of the colors that energize, motivate and inspire you to get things done.

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A look ahead at DropTask’s big start to the year

Here at DropTask HQ, we are preparing for an exciting start of the year. As our customer base has grown over the past 4 years, we have been able to connect with and gain incredible insight from individuals and teams from right around the world. Each of you has your own unique goals and your own way of using DropTask to get things done. We have learnt a lot from you and have been putting this knowledge into practice.

One thing is for sure, the way we all work is changing. And, we at DropTask are excited to keep building a task management tool that reflects this rapid evolution of the modern workplace. This year, we’ll be releasing brand new features that will revolutionize your DropTask experience, making you and your team more productive, engaged in your work, and rewarded by your achievements.

A flexible tool for a flexible future

Self-manage your day

With more and more organizations moving towards remote working, teams have become more geographically diverse than ever before. Employers open themselves up to the best talent for a job, without the restriction of a manageable commute. Employees are given greater freedom and flexibility to work wherever and whenever they work best. Remote working has brought improved productivity, faster growth and higher employee engagement to organizations that have embraced its model.

But, for a remote workforce to succeed, you need the right technology. New DropTask features will make it easier than ever to stay connected with your teammates, regardless of what time zone they are in. Delegating tasks will become a whole lot smoother with DropTask this year, allowing managers to track the tasks that they have assigned and monitor its progress. DropTask’s in-app communication is also in line for a 2018 upgrade. You’ll be able to update each other in a way that’s most familiar to you, from the office, at home or on-the-go.

Work your own way

Work on-the-go

DropTask is your go-to app for team projects. But, in order for a project to succeed, every team member needs their own space to work through their assigned tasks. This year, DropTask will be giving you exactly that. Regardless which project your task has come from, who it was given to you by or when it is due, you are free to control your own workflow, set personal key dates and manage your priorities in a focused space that is just for you.

Self-management of your tasks gives you more control over your working day. Respond quickly to changing priorities and easily share your current focus with teammates, employees or managers. This transparency between teams makes it easier to manage shared goals and deadlines. As you work through your own tasks, project feeds will keep you and your project-members up to date with overall progress.

A human-friendly app

A human-friendly app

As a tech company, we know the importance of the right tools in the workplace. With more and more new technology being introduced every day and with our own development in the pipeline, we won’t be losing sight of what makes your team unique; its people. New features will allow teams to collaborate, motivate and work together better than ever before.

Productivity comes from people, not deadlines. So, this year, DropTask will put the best people for your projects at your fingertips, helping you reach your goals faster with more collaborative spirit. See what people within your organization are working on right now, proud of and aiming for, and support them along their way.

Get ready for an exciting year ahead with DropTask. Prepare for a more intuitive interface and more control over how you get stuff done and review your personal progress. Brand new features will be coming very soon to both our free and business plans, along with some smaller updates that we know will mean a lot to you. Keep a watch of our social media channels and a close eye on your inbox to be the first to hear about new feature releases. We cannot wait for you to experience them…

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Why you need to use a task management app in 2018

The days where we would spend hours pondering the simple choice of using a pad of sticky notes or notepad are long gone. Now we’re spoiled for choice with task management apps offering us more than a pen and paper ever could. If you’re wondering what the fuss is all about with task management apps and how you may benefit from using one, then we’re here to give you the low down.

Task management apps help us to stay organized, work efficiently, hit deadlines and communicate with others. But why is 2018 the year to start using a task management app? Read on to discover how a tool like DropTask will help you to achieve a better work-life balance and hit your goals in 2018.

Plus, find out below why this year will be especially exciting for this task management tool…

Balance your work-life

Life can get hectic. If you’re struggling to achieve a healthy work-life balance, you’re not alone. To-do lists may start out effective, but can quickly become messy and outdated. It’s difficult to pool together every priority, from both work and home, without feeling overwhelmed. DropTask makes all of that stuff easy. With features such as a built-in Calendar, DropTask helps you balance all the things that are important to what you do and achieve.

DropTask gives you the option to create an unlimited amount of projects. For example, create a project called ‘Groceries,’ ‘KPI Report’ or even ‘Toby’s Schoolwork’. You can create a project for anything. DropTask’s workspace is infinite, which means no matter how many to-dos you’re currently juggling, they will always have a home.

Assessing priorities helps to identify where your time is best spent. By assigning deadlines to each of your tasks, they’ll automatically schedule in your calendar. Task management tools help us to prioritize and focus on what’s important. And, when the majority of us are trying to work full time, build a social life and work on our goals, we could all do with an app that enhances our organization.

Keep up to date – wherever you are

With more and more organizations allowing their teams to work remotely, it’s more important than ever to stay connected. Task management apps are ideal for remote workers. If you’re a remote worker, you’ll know that it’s not always laptop-on-deck chair type of working, you’ll know that maintaining communication is key. It takes a lot of planning for a remote team to work effectively together, and a task management app like DropTask can help.
DropTask streamlines team communication, ensuring you’re always in the loop and still feel a part of the office wherever you are. In the app, you’re able to Comment and Message team members, so there’s no need to worry about missing out on important information. Instant notifications within the app inform you of any new updates that have been made within any team project.

With remote working on the rise, it’s a fact that the way that teams are working together is dramatically changing. With advancements in technology allowing us to stay connected 24/7, we’re able to respond, like, share or comment from our chosen location. The same goes for projects in DropTask. With online and offline capabilities, you’re able to update the progress of shared projects with the tap of a button. Even when a project crosses the finish line, you’ll be able to share a sense of team accomplishment in knowing that you helped get the project across the finish line, together.

Track your goals

According to studies, 92% of people who set goals in the new year never actually achieve them. This shocking statistic proves now more than ever we need task management apps to help us track, manage and achieve our goals. That’s where DropTask comes in. DropTask provides you with a clean slate where you can jot down your goals and achieve them. Writing down your goals is important. Why? It motivates you to take action and enables you to see what you need to work towards.

By defining steps you need to take, you’ll be able to reach your goals at a faster pace. Assign yourself to your goal in DropTask by dragging and dropping your picture onto the vibrant circle. Once you’re assigned to it, it’s time to take action. When you get to work, slide the Progress Bar along to show you’re on the road to completion. This will give you a boost of motivation to keep on moving forward. A quick check of your DropTask Canvas will give you a clear overview of your progress and next steps, keeping you on track to achieve this year’s goals.

For us, 2018 is going to be an exciting year. Over the years, we’ve gained incredible insight into the way teams and individuals work all around the world. We know that the modern workplace is changing and we are ready to evolve with it. We’re looking forward to an exciting year of new feature releases that will help you work smarter than ever, wherever you are and whatever you do. We know you’re going to love them. Stay up to date with all of our plans for the year over on on social channels @droptask. You won’t want to miss a thing…

If you’re struggling to get things done, then make 2018 the year you start using DropTask. Enjoy a growing list of powerful features that enhance the way you get things done. DropTask will help you to work efficiently, streamline team collaboration and keep you on track to achieve your goals.

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DropTask’s guide to a prosperous 2018

To successfully kick off a productive new year, it’s important to set aside time to reflect on what we want to achieve and how we want to get there. Remember those goals from last year? Did you get all of the stuff done that you wanted to? Or, did you spend the first six months of the year struggling with priorities, unable to track progress and falling behind?

Dreaming up goals without efficient deadlines, zero urgency or forgetting to invite colleagues to lend a hand along the way will result in a lack of real progress. Make this year one to remember by ticking off those all important milestones and reaching your longstanding goals.

Use task management app DropTask to power up your productivity for the whole of this year. Take a look at our guide to a productive and prosperous 2018 below. Plus, get your hands on 1 year free of DropTask for Business in our exclusive offer.*

Don’t waste crucial time

As the saying goes, ‘new year, new start’. What better way to get started on your New Year’s resolutions than at the very beginning of January? Jot down your goals in a safe place like DropTask. Use the app’s blank Canvas to arrange your goals into corresponding Categories that help link similar themes with one another. By segmenting your goals into different categories, they’ll be grouped together and will look a lot less daunting to start on.

With your goals laid out in front of you, assign Start and Due Dates to them. Assign dates based on priorities and balance your workload throughout the year. Plus, when dates are fixed, they’ll be automatically scheduled in your Calendar to ensure that no goal is forgotten.

Target where your effort is going to

We all feel fired-up to get to work on our goals and resolutions at the start of the year. But, by the time February comes around, we can lose motivation and feel overwhelmed by the tasks ahead of us. Make sure you maintain motivation by working efficiently with colleagues. Ask for a helping hand by Assigning Tasks to individuals who have strengths in those areas. Delegating effectively allows you to target your energy and effort more efficiently. Work together to reach your goals faster and share a sense of achievement when you get there.

And if you’re looking for ways to give your team a little boost of motivation, use the Comments and Messaging feature to drop a colleague a thank you message to show that you’re grateful for their commitment.

Keep on track throughout the year

As you’re making progress on your goals, it’s vital that you have a clear view of everything that you’ve accomplished so far. Keep track each step of the way by updating the Progress Percentage Bar. A simple slide of the progress percentage bar will provide you with an at-a-glance understanding of what’s making progress and what needs more focus. Plus, this will act as a motivator as it clearly indicates the percentage that you’ve got left to go.

When you’ve finished working and are ready to celebrate your achievements, click the ‘tick’ button to transport your goal into the Completed Tasks View. This view is a great way to scan through your accomplishments. Arrange by day, week or month, and get an instant boost of motivation as it shows you how far you’ve come. You are sure to feel encouraged to continue smashing your remaining goals for 2018.

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What resolutions do you have for the new year? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear them.

What would you like to achieve next year?

With 2017 coming to a steady close, now is usually the time when we think about what we’ve achieved and what we didn’t throughout the past twelve months. Did you hit that end of year sales target? Did you finally get that long-awaited promotion? If the answer is no, then now is the time to think of the reasons why. Was it a case of, “I’ll start tomorrow”? Or, simply a fear of failure? Whatever the reason, DropTask can help to not make this a repeat occurrence.

For our last blog of 2017, we’ve rounded up our top 3 tips for how to step into 2018 with a positive and can-do attitude, to ensure that your goals stay your priority for the coming year. Take a look below to see how DropTask can help you achieve your goals early and make 2018 a year to remember.

Ask yourself what’s important? Then get to work

What would you like to achieve this year? Pour all of your goals and aspirations for the new year onto the interactive Canvas. We recommend starting a new, blank project to ensure that your goals are placed within a personal project. Title the project ‘My Goals for 2018’. This will allow you to solely focus on your tasks for the upcoming year, and keep all important information in one place.

When your goals have been added to the Canvas, group them together by using Categories and Assign yourself to them. That way you’ll create clear definition and hierarchy within your project, while at the same time knowing exactly what your main priorities are for the new year. Did you know that when you have a physical record of your goals, you’re more likely to achieve them? Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University California, studied the science behind goal setting. Matthews’ studies found that individuals are significantly more committed to reaching their goals when they’re recorded.

Create small milestones and start ticking them off

So, now that all of your goals have been turned into actionable tasks on the Canvas, it’s time to start breaking them down. The majority of your goals will be long-term endeavours. With this in mind, use Checklists to break each goal down into smaller milestones that you can start working towards. For example, a goal of yours may be called ‘Promotion’. Within this goal, checklist items may be ‘Complete employee handbook’, ‘Secure an excellent review’, and so on. Smaller milestones will help you to stay on track with your end goal.

Once you’ve started to make progress towards achieving your goal, use the Progress Percentage Bar to mark how far you’ve come. The visual indicator is shown on the outside of the task circle and will help you to view progress at a single glance, encouraging you to push forward to the next stage of your goal.

Keep yourself motivated to reach that end goal

We’ve all experienced that feeling of not having enough energy to see our goal through to the very end. In 2018, let’s make this a thing of the past. If you feel as though you’re not making progress, be sure to assign Due Dates to your goals. Believe it or not, having clear and tight deadlines encourage us to work harder by adding a little more urgency to tasks that we need to complete.

If you’re worried about your schedule for the new year, or any unexpected tasks that may pop-up, there’s no need to stress. DropTask’s built-in Calendar ensures that all tasks across all projects are prioritized in accordance to their start or due date. With deadlines assigned to your goal, you’ll be more motivated than ever to work towards deadlines, rather than letting them slip through the cracks like previous years.

With DropTask, you’ll have everything that you need to achieve your goals in the #NewYear. Do you have any goals that you have lined up for 2018? Let us know in the comments below!

How to create better workplace clarity

To be productive we need a clear path ahead of us. Clarity breeds productivity. Without it, priorities become confused, teams fall out of sync and, as a result, progress is slow. Crystal clear communication is key when it comes to meaningful collaboration. If your team are unsure of where they are going, it will take more time and resources to get them there.

With everyone on the same page, you will feel the benefit of increased productivity and a boost in workplace engagement, resulting in better task management skills. Outline tasks, deadlines and responsibilities in your DropTask for Business project to better define roles, sharpen workflows, and reach your goals quicker.

Stay in sync

Stay in sync

Teams need clarity if they are to work as a unit. Each team member needs to understand exactly what others need from them and what the next stages of a task are to be productive. Use Comments and Messages to update your team with changes in meeting times, alterations to tasks and anything else that could be seen as ambiguous. This way, you can prevent bottlenecks before they stall your project and ensure that everyone knows what’s expected of them on each task.

Be clear on progress

Be clear on progress

How many times have you had to chase a colleague for a progress update on a project? Every time you send an email or go over to a coworker’s desk, you’re losing time, productivity and clarity. The Progress Percentage Bar is a nifty feature that enables you to track your progress on a task in chunks of 5%, while also allowing your colleagues to see at a glance exactly how close the task is to completion. If they need further details, they can look at the corresponding Checklist for the task and see which items you have ticked off. This transparency saves you from having to constantly update or chase your colleagues about project progression, so you can work more efficiently as a team.

Know your priorities

Know your priorities

When you have lots of tasks on your plate, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin. By using the Urgency and Importance icons, you are able to see which tasks you should focus on each day. If a task is marked as important and urgent, make these the first things you work on. Your workmates will also be able to see what your priorities are for the day. If they see you have lots of urgent and important tasks to do, they will know to give you time to focus on them.

Stay on track

Stay on track

It’s easy to get thrown off course in bustling workplaces full of confusion and distractions. If your boss asks you to complete a task, the specifics of when to start it and when it’s due can be unclear. However, if your boss sets a Start and Due Date for your tasks, everything becomes crystal clear. Daily Summary Emails cleverly use these dates to tell you what tasks you need to work on that day, plus which ones are due for today and tomorrow. You can also set your own Start and Due Dates to keep those around you informed of when you’re planning to begin and complete your tasks.

Work seamlessly together

Work seamlessly together

To work well together, a team must be able to share their workload and know the responsibilities of each individual. By Assigning Tasks to people, you create clarity by letting them know exactly what their role is within the team. Also, make a clear weekly plan for your projects, taking into account the workloads of your colleagues using the Team Calendar, a handy feature which shows everyone’s Assigned Tasks and deadlines and provides everyone with a clear work schedule.

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How DropTask caters for all productivity types

If there was one type of productivity, every workplace would have mastered it by now. In fact, understanding everyone’s individual approach to achieving success in the workplace can be a challenge, but it will help you get the most out of your team. Productivity expert, Carson Tate, believes there are 4 distinct approaches to personalizing our workload. Fortunately, DropTask serves for each of them. Each one has its own unique way of helping you to cope with workloads and tasks. Read on for top tips and best practices for task management that will help you become your best productive self, whichever style you relate to most.

The Prioritizer

The prioritizer works based on logic, which to them is rooted firmly in being realistic and foregrounding important tasks. This would be the type of individual to utilize Filters to quickly access the information they need in order to find the tasks labelled highly in Importance and Urgency. They would also benefit from the Daily Summary Email which would help them apply logic straight from the off with a handy morning summary of their tasks for the upcoming days. Prioritizers are analytic types and place a great deal of importance in acknowledging precisely how long tasks will take so they can manage their workload more accurately. The Progress Bar for tasks would be used frequently by the Prioritizer so that they can understand exactly where they stand on a task and adjust their bar accordingly.

The Planner

Similar to the Prioritizer in some respects, the Planner is focused more on organization, sequences and thorough planning, rather than prioritizing important workloads. Detailed, comprehensive but most significantly punctual, the Planner could feed off scheduling their workload in the Calendar to have a clear plan for the days, weeks or months ahead. Planners would make use of Checklists to gain greater insights into the details of a project, break larger tasks into smaller subtasks and subsequently achieve maximum productivity. Likewise, they would set timely Reminders and concise Start and Due Dates to ensure that deadlines never pass them by.

The Arranger

More of a team-player and natural communicator, the Arranger has their focus set on interacting with others to boost and support team morale, significantly improving team productivity and output. They could offer support and encourage team unity using the Comments and Messaging feature. Likely to be the one Inviting others to projects and tasks, the Arranger is all about seeing what others are up to so they can keep on the same page to ensure maximum productivity. Rather than using individual Calendars, the Arranger would keep a watchful eye on Team Calendars so that when a team member is mid-task, they can offer supportive words of wisdom.

The Visualizer

The project planner of the group. Their DropTask Canvas is likely to be exploding with ideas which to others might seem like an unworkable, jumbled up mess – but for them, it works. They’re an exceptionally holistic individual who is likely to be involved in Creating a Project for others to work off. Someone who thrives under pressure and would much rather negotiate multiple tasks at once rather than tick tasks off individually, the Visualizer is the type to take on tasks marked highly in Effort. Especially innovative and creative, the Visualizer could also have fun with Cover Images and add some visual stimulation to their Canvas to optimize productivity. A brain bursting with ideas, the Visualizer is likely to Attach numerous links and files to their tasks in search for new information and breakthroughs.

Whatever your productivity type, DropTask has an abundance of features that will help you tap into each of these different working styles. If you can begin to understand each individual type of productivity in your workplace, you can start to improve your team’s output and become a more productive environment.

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3 simple questions you need to ask yourself to boost your end-of-year marketing strategy

With 2018 looming, now is the time to squeeze the most out of 2017. Your marketing team need to use this busy period as one final push for sales. That means reviewing and improving your current strategy, and generating innovative approaches to increasing sales. With DropTask, you can boost sales through teamwork and the ability to generate ideas on one visual canvas. By asking yourself these 3 questions, you can achieve all your 2017 goals and enter 2018 right on track.

‘What’s working well?’

In order to boost end-of-year sales, you need to first analyze your marketing campaigns you’ve done over the course of this year. Glance over your current DropTask canvas and make informed decisions about which strategies to keep and which need freshening up. To do this, look over your Completed Tasks and assess your successes so far. A review of your completed tasks will help you spot where your strengths lie, and help you to distinguish between the types of tasks which you complete and the ones which remain untouched in your canvas.

There’s more to it than just finishing a task. You need to know what marketing methods lead to sales and greater brand awareness. Review which strategies were particularly successful and mark them with Tags labelled ‘successful’. That will save you a lot of time when it comes to Duplicating the tasks. That’s because by using these tags, you can Filter out the ‘successful’ tasks by tag, and duplicate them onto your current canvas. Doing this will give you a fresher workspace with only your most fruitful methods to start from.

‘Are we working efficiently?’

Towards the end of the year, fatigue kicks in and we begin to turn our attention towards the festive season. Don’t let that happen in your revitalized workspace. Make sure you set prompt Start and Due Dates and work towards your goals with scheduled deadlines. Organizing your time means you will be more productive later on. In turn, you might send more marketing emails, find more time to engage your customers or increase brand awareness on social media.

Likewise, are you working well as a team? In marketing, teamwork is imperative. On your canvas, remember to Assign Tasks to the relevant team members. By doing this, you’re sharing the workload and bringing in an array of new skills to a task. Take into account the skills of individual members of your team, and share the workload accordingly. With Assigned Tasks, you can also see who’s working on what, and make decisions about what sort of tasks a colleague might excel in. That way, you’ll bolster your team’s chances of not only getting things done, but getting them done well.

‘Are we being innovative?’

To keep generating sales, you need to keep being creative. Innovation is a key ingredient in business – just ask any successful leader or entrepreneur. DropTask Integrates with idea-generation software, iMindMap. Using a world-renowned technique for creating ideas, Mind Mapping, you can collect a bundle of new ideas for your end-of-year strategy. Be bold and try something new, and export all of your data into DropTask where it will be presented as a new project.

Keep thinking on your feet and include your colleagues in the process. Within your new canvas, add your team members and use the Comments and Messaging feature to mull over ideas and welcome new approaches to tasks. Do this and feel confident that you have explored every possible avenue. If you’re worried about your train of thought derailing, simply attach relevant web articles and notes to your tasks and gain one-click access to the significant documents.

There’s no need to fear end-of-year fatigue. By simply asking yourself and your team these 3 questions, you’ll give yourself a much-needed productivity boost to reach your sales goals heading into 2018.

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Bolster team productivity with effective communication

They say that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’. It’s a phrase that bears fruit – particularly in the workplace. Being a successful team is not about personal achievement or competency, but how individuals work together to improve their output. Team communication is the secret to success. With features that support project collaboration, DropTask for Business lets you build relationships and keep everyone on the same page. But why is it so fundamental for teams to communicate well?

Assign Tasks

Collaboration

All good ideas should be shared. That’s why it’s so important to establish and set up supportive environments where ‘no idea is a bad idea’. DropTask allows you to Assign Tasks and share the workload. In doing so, you are welcoming fresh approaches to tasks and promoting a communicative workforce where team collaboration prevails.

Receive App and Email Notifications to keep up to date with your team’s progress so that you know when an assignee has completed a task and is ready to be assigned to a new one. Even if they haven’t finished their task, the Progress Percentage bar gives you insight into how close they are to completion, allowing you to plan ahead. Without having to chase people for progress updates, you can focus on your own work and avoid wasting any unnecessary time.

Comments and Messaging

Cohesiveness

Productivity doesn’t stem from rushing through tasks. To be productive, it’s vital to foster a cohesive working space where strong relationships are prioritized. Office environments tend not to lend themselves to close-knit teams. DropTask’s Comments and Messaging features mean you can keep up to date on tasks, update team members, and most importantly, share positive feedback. It’s surprising how a quick morale boost can spur you on to be more productive.

Building strong relationships is all about trust. To build trust, encourage your team to use Checklists to make their task progression transparent. For larger tasks that need to be broken down into bitesize chunks, Checklists provide the whole team with a useful overview of the task, how it will be approached and how far it is from completion. Because they are visible to everyone on your project, they act as a practical way to produce a connected and united environment.

Project Permissions

Efficiency

A team that communicates well is more efficient as it increases the chances of getting work done quickly and accurately. With that in mind, DropTask’s Team Calendar is a constant form of communication which allows your whole team to see everyone’s workload and stay synchronized through the progression of a project. With all tasks visible on the Team Calendar, it will be crystal clear who’s doing what and when.

Communication is pivotal in creating productive workforces. DropTask allows you to be more communicative and stay connected both verbally and non-verbally. In doing so, you create a productive team environment where no task is too intimidating.

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