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Autism Awareness Day 2016

This Saturday marks the eighth annual Autism Awareness Day; a day dedicated to spreading awareness about Autism on a global scale.

As the fastest-growing lifelong developmental disability, Autism effects 1 in 100 people in the UK and is prevalent in 1 out of 68 births in the United States.  So, what exactly is Autism?

Autism affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people – including how they make sense of the world around them. As it’s a spectrum condition it effects each individual in a different way, with some living very independent lives and others requiring a lifetime of specialist support.

For some people with Autism, communication can be quite challenging. Visual symbols and sign language play a very significant role, since difficulty is experienced with the literal understanding of language – whether verbal or non-verbal. For example, sarcasm, facial expressions or tone of voice may be difficult to process as it may depend upon interpretation and intent – after all, people don’t always mean what they say.  For others, the language itself is less challenging, with behavioural traits such as repeating what the other person has said, more prominent.

The way we’re wired

Visuals (whether it’s icons, logos, symbols, colours or shapes), play a very significant role in the world around us.  They help draw our attention to certain objects, areas or even bits of text, and above all else, visuals have the ability to convey information with great speed – especially in comparison to text which challenges our brain to ‘decode’ before we can understand. Did you know that it’s said to take 1/4 of a second for our brains to process visual cues? It’s undeniable, therefore, that visuals go much further than just their aesthetic appeal.

For those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, visual supports can be of help with seeing and understanding as they provide an opportunity to communicate with less difficulty. Encouraging communication and development can have a great effect on self-esteem as well as independence, and there are a number of great tools and learning aids available for people of all ages and abilities.

During the development of DropTask, visuals have always been a key focus for us as we look to support the natural processes of our brain. Textual information is still useful and certainly holds its place, but as humans, we’re biologically wired to process the world visually and this can greatly aid in the realm of organisation and productivity. In the infographic below, we explain why:

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From visualizing processes to presenting; DropTask is more than just a task management tool for Product Manager, Dieter Karrer.

Dieter Karrer has been part of the team at Swiss technical security company, Securiton, for over 13 years. With roles spanning from Head of Development, to his current position as Product Manager, Dieter was in need of a solution to help manage his daily to-dos and projects.

Dieter Karrer - Project Manager at Securiton“Before discovering DropTask, I would keep track of all of my notes and to-dos by drawing sketches. To replace this method, I was seeking a graphical solution which would help organize my to-dos, projects and notices. After spending quite some time researching many different tools and solutions, I stumbled across DropTask in an article online about helpful tools for productivity. My first impressions of the app was that I loved the graphical interface. As my previous method of organization was very graphical, the unique visuals of DropTask were the key selling point for me; DropTask is predestined for me.

“My first impressions of the app was that I loved the graphical interface.”

DropTask is used for my own personal organization and management, and together with my email client, it is the most important tool that I work with. I use it as a type of ticket tool, where I create new task circles for all of my daily to-dos.

Using DropTask to stay organized

“…together with my email client, it is the most important tool that I work with.”

I have found DropTask very easy and intuitive to use, and I love the fact I am able to get a dynamic graphical overview of my work. The ability to add attributes such as importance, effort and status to a task, provides a clear structure of what should be actioned next. I am even able to personalize my work by using my own pictures as visualizations on tasks.

In addition to managing daily to-dos, or a particular project or study that I may be working on, I also use the app to brainstorm ideas and envisage processes. I once had to consider the different processes in a service organization and therefore I used DropTask to clearly visualize each step and action item that needed to be taken. I have even used the app to present information to others – the audience were delighted with the appealing, colorful design and visual display of information.

“…one of the big advantages of using DropTask is its availability across the web and other platforms, such as iOS.”

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Of course it is always more efficient to use only one tool for managing numerous tasks, and therefore one of the big advantages of using DropTask is its availability across the web and other platforms, such as iOS. I’m able to access my projects through several browsers and on my tablet as well, with no restrictions.

Although at the moment I am using DropTask for personal management, I hope to use it with my colleagues soon, and I am excited to make full use of the collaboration features within the app.”

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4 ways Creative Agency, Draft Design House, stay on schedule with DropTask

Productivity tips for designers

Whether you’re a freelance graphic designer, a creative design agency or a print shop; you’ve probably become accustom to using images, space and color to communicate messages and solve problems for clients. But have you considered applying the use of visuals for handling your own work and productivity?

Aside from the fact that color and images add an element of fun and enjoyment to managing your tasks, they can also enhance memory, organization and creativity while you work. That’s why at DropTask we’re turning traditional task management systems on their heads by transforming a to-do ‘list’ into an engaging, colorful and shapely dashboard.

Last week, we spoke to Allie Larsen, Graphic Designer at creative agency Draft Design House, to learn more about how DropTask is used within the business and how you could get started with using DropTask for your own work…

1. Take DropTask with you

DropTask mobile phone app“What sold us the most when implementing DropTask as our tool of choice was the mobile phone apps. We are a very small agency that is always on the move, so we can’t be at the mercy of a program that is only accessible from the computers that are sitting on our desks at the office. Having the ability to access it everywhere we go takes DropTask to a whole new level.”

2. Establish what works for youDropTask Visual View

“Every personality in our office is different, and with that means different preferences and ways of learning. The fact that DropTask provides multiple ways to view tasks – whether it’s in a list for the analytical minds or in the visual view for the creative minds, helps us to be more productive and stay on schedule.”

3. Keep communicatingCommenting in DropTask

The @name feature in the comments section proves very handy. Having the ability to tag another individual within a project is extremely useful as you’re able to get your questions answered in a much more timely fashion. Not only that, but it lets that person know that something is being directed at them, which then provides a better opportunity of getting the task completed.

4. Make it fun

DropTask completed tasks“We almost think of DropTask as a game at times, where you need to ‘pop‘ all of the bubbles – which often gives us just enough of a boost to work faster to get the job done!”

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DropTask’s visual nature: the key to motivation and efficiency for Brian Vroomen

Brian Vroomen’s career switch to ‘Controller’ at a local automobile dealership in Canada was the starting point of his relationship with DropTask. From managing company accounts to creating business manuals; DropTask has been instrumental in keeping Brian motivated while staying on top of tasks and meeting important project deadlines.Brian Vroomen - Controller

“I am always looking for tools that I can use to make me more productive both at work and in my personal endeavours. After many months of researching different programs and waiting for the right one, I was introduced to DropTask through iMindMap. In the past, I had looked at other tools such as Gantt programs and email task managers, but they were not motivating for me at all – the visual nature of DropTask really caught my attention.

“DropTask helps me to get my work done effectively and efficiently, with a very low error rate.”

In my position as Controller – amongst other activities – I am responsible for the company’s accounting and bookkeeping undertakings; from keying in payables and payroll, to all month end/year end journal entries. DropTask helps me to get all of my work done effectively and efficiently, with a very low error rate.

I start each day by opening DropTask and checking for any tasks which might be overdue and I reschedule them. Then, I focus on today’s tasks. With just a glance, I’m able to see what I need to do (or at least what I’d like to do today), and I make sure that any tasks flagged as important are actioned first. The ability to attach documents to tasks is extremely useful; I simply attach a file, it gets uploaded, and I have the additional details available to me anywhere, anytime. I wouldn’t be as organized without DropTask keeping my tasks visually in front of me. I absolutely love watching the items get checked off as I complete them and seeing the recurring task slide in – I never get tired of that, it motivates me to get more tasks completed.

“I thank DropTask for keeping me motivated through the many late nights needed to meet my deadline.”

In my first year, I was tasked with creating the company’s first Policy Manual, along with setting up a new Health and Safety Committee. I tried using a Gantt program but because I was new at the job and wasn’t aware of what interruptions I may experience, I had to keep changing task dates and durations which soon made the whole Gantt process very tedious and frustrating.Using DropTask for staying organized at work

Instead I turned to DropTask and it was quick and easy to set up groups and tasks for both the Policy Manual and the H&S Committee. I was able to mark each task with different attributes and by creating a visual link between tasks, I could instantly see what had to be done next. As things changed I would still have to adjust task dates – but it was effortless due to the flexibility of DropTask, in comparison to the Gantt program. I thank DropTask for keeping me motivated through the many late nights needed to meet my deadline. The program was integral to keeping the project tasks defined and the project on time.

“…it just makes sense to use a tool that can make you do more in the same time, or less!”

The visual nature of the app really appeals to my brain, it’s key to my motivation and it makes me very efficient – and I’m all about efficiency. There are other programs which are somewhat visual in nature, but nothing that compares to DropTask. Having the app available over the internet is a real bonus as it gives me the flexibility to access DropTask from any computer – or even my phone, which is very convenient.

I highly recommend DropTask to anyone, even if you’re not in a team environment and just want to manage your own duties. With more and more work being piled on workers these days it just makes sense to use a tool that can make you do more in the same time, or less!”

Get motivated and start checking off your tasks by signing up for free today at www.droptask.com/signup

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Engage your team and bring value to your work through the power of visuals

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Have you ever felt that sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get things done? Do you feel the pressure as deadlines approach?boost-img1

Whether we’re completing tasks in the office, fulfilling responsibilities at home or even planning a vacation, without a clear method of planning and tracking tasks, time can easily go to waste. That’s why many of us turn to task management apps which allow us to manage our workloads effectively from creation through to completion.


Seeing is Believing 

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Here at DropTask, we’re doing things differently and have taken a unique approach to task management. We’ve moved away from the traditional linear and non-creative displays, and have transformed a simple list into a colorful, shapely dashboard that lets you visually categorize your tasks, designate priorities, and collaborate with your team. But we’re more than just a pretty face; DropTask combines powerful task management features with the benefits of visual thinking to give meaning and purpose to your work. Here are just some of the benefits of using visuals with respect to task management…

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1. Visuals make for easy processing

Our brain finds it much easier to process visuals than it does large amounts of text-based information. Words are based on a symbol system which must be decoded before they can be interpreted. Visuals on the other hand, require virtually no effort to process, meaning with just a glance we can quickly establish what needs to be done.

2. Images attract and engage

Too much text can very quickly overload our cognitive capacity, and when this happens information is likely to be lost and our productivity will go down the drain. Visual displays lessen the load; they are more concise, clear and interesting – which is just what we need to keep us fully focused on our to-dos.

3. We remember what we see

Our ability to remember images is far better than our memory for words. Unlike words, which are processed by our short-term memory, images are directed through our long-term memory and so become deeply etched – making our plans and action items unforgettable.

4. Color pumps up productivity

Color is exciting and stirs up a response in us. It alters the level of alpha brain wave activity, which triggers human alertness – just the trick for getting us fired up to tackle our tasks!


We know that there’s no single means of perfecting organization and productivity, but there’s undeniably a strong argument to suggest that a visual approach to task management has the edge over the traditional to-do list, spreadsheet or linear drop-down menu because of the power to convey, conceptualize, and communicate meaning in literally a flash.

Go beyond the traditional to-do list, and ‘see’ things get done when you sign up to DropTask for free today.

Drop the pen, ditch the paper, and start visualizing your workload.

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For those of us who are short of time (and who isn’t?), we’re always looking for the most efficient and productive way to manage our responsibilities. Did you know the average person adopts around 11 different methods for managing their time and tasks, including a mix of paper lists, emails, online folders, and notebook planners? Check out our infographic below to ‘see‘ how visuals can impact the way you work. 

To celebrate World Environment Day we’re giving you 2 months free when you subscribe to any of our DropTask PRO plans today!*

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Want to ditch your paper lists? Get started by signing up to DropTask today. 

PLUS, we’re giving away 2 MONTHS FREE when you subscribe to any of our DropTask PRO plans before midnight on 5th June 2015!* To redeem, simply hit the button below:

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*Offer valid when purchasing any DropTask PRO subscription and expires at midnight on 5th June 2015. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.