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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!

Happy New Year! But don’t make your resolutions just yet…

Happy New Year 2016As we welcome in 2016 and look to the year ahead, motivation and promises to make this our best year yet are bursting. With phrases such as “New Year, New You” ringing in our ears, newly set goals and intentions make us feel good as we’ve finally decided to make a change…

But our motivation and good intentions are short lived and rarely make it past the first weeks of January; only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year goals. Though, should we really be surprised by this statistic?

With a season of partying, eating copious amounts of food and visiting friends and family over, January can be an exhausting month as we catch our breath – without the added pressure of taking on a new challenge. That’s why we suggest putting your New Year’s resolutions on hold until February, so you can recharge and recover from the post-holiday blues. Though, there are a few steps you’ll want to take this month to get yourself ready for making those resolutions a reality in February…

 1. Get some restLack of sleep can affect productivity

After a busy period full of festivities, you may be running on little sleep which can affect your concentration, your ability to learn, and can increase the likelihood of you becoming easily irritated and frustrated – all resulting in poor productivity. By putting your feet up and getting some early nights for that much needed rest, you’ll be fully focused and ready to take on your resolutions.

2. Wipe the slate clean

Wipe the slate cleanBefore looking at what you want to achieve this year, you should take some time to reflect on the past 12 months. It’s the perfect opportunity to look back at your accomplishments through 2015, while removing any clutter and taking care of those smaller tasks that you’ve been putting off. It’s your chance to tie up any loose ends, wipe the slate clean, and move forwards without worrying about something which should have been done last year.

3. Set realistic resolutions

Set smaller, realistic goalsOften, resolutions are hard to stick to because they’re long-term goals that aren’t attainable in the immediate future. So, rather than focusing on the end goal, try breaking your resolution down into smaller, actionable steps which are easier to manage and more attainable. For example, ‘losing weight’ is a popular New Year’s resolution, but it won’t happen overnight. However by focusing on smaller milestones such as ‘eat more fruit’, ‘eat less chocolate’ or ‘go to the gym’, you’re more likely to achieve your ultimate goal.

4. Choose a tool

Use DropTask to record & track your New Year's resolutionsHaving a place to record and track your resolutions – along with all of your other goals and plans for the year – will help you stay on top of everything that needs to be done and keep you focused on reaching the finish line. DropTask allows you to visually capture to-dos in an intuitive space where you can map out your plan of action and break tasks down into smaller, more manageable steps. The ability to set deadlines for individual milestones, define the order in which tasks should be actioned, and even ask others for a helping hand gives you the support and motivation to see those resolutions through to reality.

Have a productive 2016 and make this the year you achieve you goals – Sign up to DropTask for free today at www.droptask.com/signup.

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