Planning and managing research projects with DropTask

When you start out, a research project can seem like an overwhelming prospect. There’s so much to think about, including gathering resources, setting up meetings, organizing schedules and outlining goals. DropTask helps you to break research projects down into 3 primary stages: planning, actioning and managing progression. With a host of practical features, conducting thorough and accurate research has never been so simple.

Visualize your strategy

Planning research

Arguably the most difficult and daunting stage of the research process, planning bears great significance to a project’s success. Whether your workplace is conducting market research or you’re a student looking to write a dissertation, DropTask’s Canvas gives you a fresh workspace to gather your thoughts on tasks relating to your research project’s methodology, strategy and resources. Create Categories for the different areas of your research project and think of possible Tasks that might need completing in order to carry it out, such as ‘Conduct Survey’ or ‘Collect Data’. A sign of great management is being adaptable to change, and DropTask’s flexibility means that you can be confident in making any inevitable changes to your research project as and when needed.

If you’re working as part of a team, make good use of the Comments and Messaging feature to bounce ideas off your team members. Attach Files such as web articles, book titles or academic papers that you are citing as sources to tasks, enabling you to find them easily and capture the specifics in one compact bubble. This will save you the hassle of having multiple tabs open at once. In addition, if your project is a large one, use Tags to add contextual information and filter out tasks to find them quickly, as well as visually lessen the load.

Make plans a reality

Actioning plans

With confidence in the direction of your project, the actioning of your plans will now feel less intimidating. If you have a schedule in mind, you can set Start and Due Dates for your tasks to guarantee your research project never goes off track. These aren’t fixed, so it’s easy for you to adapt and amend when obstacles arise. Setting tasks out on a clean canvas means you have a clear visual overview and can see at a glance what needs doing and when – all on one uncluttered workspace.

Assign Tasks to appropriate team members to ensure everyone is aware of their responsibilites and the project’s goals. Keep everyone up to date and synchronized in the Team Calendar. DropTask allows you to work and tackle tasks in real-time, and with a variety of team members now working collaboratively with clear deadlines, your chances of conducting successful research are maximized.

Keep tabs on it all

Managing and overseeing progress

Whether you’re part of a team or not, use the Progress Percentage bar to keep up to date with your project. When you make inroads into a task, you can update your progress from 0% all the way up to 100% completion in chunks of 5%. Having such a thorough understanding of your progress means that you can manage your research accordingly and begin to think of forthcoming tasks.

Similarly, Checklists give you greater insight into the phasing of a task. For example, if you or a team member have been designated a task to interview people, you can use Checklists to outline which people you’ve already seen and which you have yet to interview. This breaks the task into manageable chunks while also granting you a detailed insight into your progress, and that of others.

The next time you are asked to lead a research project, take full control with DropTask. From planning to managing, it will take you through each fundamental stage of research seamlessly, and increase the chances of your project being a successful one.

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