The days when people relied on pen and paper checklists to manage tasks are long gone.
Task management software has introduced a more efficient way of managing tasks. As a result, they have rendered your hallowed notepad or pad of sticky notes obsolete.
But, there is a challenge. While there are still plenty of such software solutions out there for you to choose from, very few are using them.
Now, if you don’t know how task management tools can help you successfully manage tasks ahead of you in 2018, we’re here to give you the low down.
Keeps you up to date – anytime and anywhere
The concept of telecommuting continues to gain momentum in the modern, tech-powered business landscape. With virtual workplaces taking hold, more and more businesses are forced to allow their teams to work remotely.
“In most white-collar jobs, I’d say 99% of people are already working remotely in that they take work home. It creeps into our work style already,” says Sara Sutton, CEO of FlexJobs.
But, new changes are creating new challenges – the need for you to stay connected, collaborate with your team and get things done. Getting your remote team to work effectively requires a lot of work. Maintaining good communication is also necessary. This is where a good task management tool comes in to help you get around this challenge and keep you always in the loop. It helps you streamline your communication, and make you feel like you are part of the office, no matter where you are.
A good project management software should allow you to easily message your team, or comment on anything your team is discussing. Also, the app should be able to notify you of any updates or changes that have been made to any team project. That way, it ensures that you are not going to miss out on important information.
Your takeaway: Look for apps that offer you both online and offline capabilities. That way, you will be able to update your team about the progress of the task at hand – with just a tap of a button.
Track your progress
Nobody sets a goal that they never want to achieve. And one of the easiest ways to determine the level of success is to measure the progress. That way, you will be able to too see how you are coming along. But, it looks like there is still a challenge when it comes to achieving our goals. According to a research conducted by the University of Scranton in 2018, a whopping 90% of people that set New Year’s resolutions never actually achieve them. Almost the same thing happens to many people in their day to day life. But failure to meet your goals can be disastrous as it can set you back and leave you frustrated and discouraged.
That means, more than ever, you need to invest in a task management system. It will help you plan, manage, track and achieve your set goals. The tool will provide you with a clean slate where you can plan your tasks, jot down your goals and achieve them.
Besides, the task management software should allow you to define the steps you want to take to achieve your set goals faster and more efficiently. Achieving your goal will boost your morale and make you get more work done at the end of the day.
Makes your work-life balance a walk in the park
In today’s business environment, work and technology are so integrated that it is becoming harder for people to fully disconnect. For instance, due to the globalized nature of businesses, communication – emails, notifications, etc are coming through all hours of the day and night. And that is, triggering mass job hopping by employees, especially among the millennials, when they feel their lifestyle don’t jive well with their jobs.
It’s a big challenge, afflicting many workers, including you. And, many companies are looking for ways that will foster a healthy work-life balance.
Using a task management software can help you out with your struggle to achieve a healthy work-life balance. With features such as built-in calendar, it becomes easier to plan-ahead, and balance all the things that you need to achieve.
Your takeaway: Choosing a software solution that allows you to create infinite tasks, prioritize and focus on what helps you to perform efficiently at your work. The software should also allow you to assign deadlines. That way, all the tasks you need to complete will automatically schedule in your calendar.
The modern workplace is changing. For us to be in the safe place and get things done in a timely manner, we need to evolve with it. One way of making your 2018 exciting is by purposing to work smarter by investing in a good task management tool.