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Arrange an awesome last-minute Halloween using DropTask

Only a couple of days remain until the spookiest day of the year – Halloween, is upon us. A day when fear is the aim of the game and a fright or two is on the cards for most of us.

Even more terrifying than the holiday itself is the realization that it is only two days away and you’ve yet to make any plans or are still lacking a costume. To avoid the turmoil of sitting in with the lights off to deter trick or treaters from your treat-less house, we’ve got some advice on how to get organized at the last-minute this Halloween.

There’s no party like a collaborative DropTask party.

Halloween Party

With so little time to prepare you may think that all hopes of arranging that Halloween party you promised to your pals last year are dashed. However, with a bit of help from DropTask there’s still oodles of time to arrange a get-together. Create a project (perhaps called something imaginative like ‘Halloween Party’) and create task circles for everything that needs to be done. Categorize them in groups to make life easier, not forgetting the basics like food, music, and entertainment. Next, invite all your friends to the project. Hopefully they’ll accept the invite if they’re free) or perhaps they just prefer you to the host of the previous party they’d agreed to attend). Once you know who’s coming you can begin to delegate tasks, making the late organization a whole lot simpler. Start completing your individual responsibilities and chase that flaky friend by sending them update requests to find out if they’ve purchased those all-important pumpkins yet. Discuss any final details in the comments and voila – you have yourself a party!

We’ve even done the hard work for you and created a Halloween party project for you to use – click here to take a look! Remember, as this project is public, you’ll be able to view but not edit.

99 problems but a costume ain’t one.

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We’ve all seen it, the epic fail of a costume that is the bed sheet ghost. The last resort for those poor souls that didn’t get to the shops in time. Banish the bed-sheet by using DropTask to come up with a killer last-minute outfit. Make a project for your costume mission in order to get started. Add a group for websites and fill it with tasks that contain links to costume sites that provide express delivery. Check them all out and complete them when you’re done. Make another group with tasks for contact details of costume shops in your area and get in touch with them to find out what stock they have remaining. No luck with any of these? Dig out that dressing up box from wherever it’s lurking and go through everything. Note down the contents using tasks for each item you find and reflect on your options once you’re done. Go one step further and take a photo for each item, setting it as the cover image for the relevant task. You never know what outfit you may create when you look at everything you have within one simple visual.

More of the treat, less of the trick.

Trick or Treat Route

If you’ve got children, the annual trick or treating outing can be a stressful affair. Knowing where to go and what (or who!) to avoid are crucial elements of making the night a success. Hurrying a crying child home early because Mrs Smith from number 54 slammed the door in his face is no fun for anyone. Create a trick or treat project, mapping out where you want to go in advance by creating tasks for the neighbors you definitely want to call on. Link these using dependencies so you know which order to visit them in. You’ll be able to tick these off as you go on the night using our iPhone app (and Android in the very near future!). Got older kids that you aren’t accompanying? Keep the process the same and share the project with them so they’ll be able to guide themselves. Super-savvy children could complete where they’ve been on route by using their smartphones, meaning you’ll be able to keep track of them in real-time, lessening the natural worrying parents inevitably do.

Turn baking fright into baking delight.

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Any holiday comes hand in hand with baking and Halloween is no different. Whether you need to rustle up some treats because all the stores around you have sold out of candy corn, or you promised Halloween cupcakes to the office, DropTask can help. Find your desired recipes then turn them into projects, making each step of the process a task. If you’re unsure of any measurements, convert them to ones you recognize in advance so that you won’t be confused when it comes to the baking itself. If you make sure to list everything you need in the project, you’ll be able to access this on the go and use it as your shopping list, avoiding a last minute dash to the shops for an extra bag of sugar. Once you’ve baked your Halloween delicacies, why not share a public project with those who asked for your recipe so they can recreate your tasty treats themselves?

I now hope the only things scaring you on the day are ghosts and ghouls, and not the prospect of last-minute organization. By using some of these tips you can be well on your way to a frightfully good Halloween (pun completely and utterly intended).

A happy Halloween to you all from the DropTask team!

The DropTask iPad App is now officially available!

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Manage your workload in a meeting, on the move, or in your home – our newly released iPad App boasts fluidity & flexibility to suit your lifestyle.

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 It provides me with the same functionality of the software when I am on the go, and in a way which is perfectly intuitive for the touch screen
Kempton Rees, App User

With the release of our iPhone app earlier this week, we’re pleased to announce that users can now install the new DropTask App on their iPads! With all of the productivity boosting features you can find in our web version (plus more!), our iPad App gives convenience to those who need to the freedom to manage their projects away from their desks.

Here’s some of what you can expect…

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No matter where you are in the world, with DropTask on your iPad you can manage projects in an instant. Upload files, add comments and create tasks – Everything will sync up once you’re back online.

 

All New ‘Inbox’ Feature

We know that things can get hectic when you’re on the move, so to help unload your worries, drop all of your all-important tasks into your new DropTask Inbox and feel secure knowing that they’re in a more productive environment to manage when you’re feeling ready.

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A User Interface Suited To Your Device

When you use the app for the first time, you’ll see what we mean. With our new iPad app you’ll notice that you now have a new Project Sidebar which can hide to give you maximum use of the canvas space, and we’ve also made it as easy as possible to navigate around the app so your favourite features are only a finger swipe away.

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 I’ve used the web version of DropTask for months now, and I love having the mobile version. I can update my tasks on the go, and whenever something pops in my head I just throw it at DropTask
TTimo, App User

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DropTask iPhone App is now available in the App Store!

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“It makes identifying what needs to be done at a glance easier than ever
– Jeff Merrill, iPhone Beta Tester

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Our iPhone app boasts all of the popular features that you can find in our web application, and has specifically been enhanced for your device with fluid functionality and outstanding visuals.

It also has offline capability so you can make changes and update progress no matter where you are, and once you’re back online all of your projects will sync back up in an instant so managing your workload on the move has never been easier!

You’ll notice some changes in our iPhone App as it’s been adapted to suit you & your device. Here’s a quick run through of what to expect…


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Native Notifications

Opt for project notifications to start coming
through as iPhone notifications so that you can keep an eye on progress & always stay in the loop.

 

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Easy Task Creation

With the all new DropTask Inbox, you can now quickly create tasks to get them out of your mind and into a more productive and visually intuitive workspace. 

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Gesture Support

DropTask is truly at home on a touch device. Pinch your screen to zoom in to your canvas, drag and drop tasks wherever you want, and simply double tap to create a new one in seconds!


It’s what you’ve been waiting for…
Get the DropTask iPhone app from the App Store NOW >>


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