Keeping projects organized, whether at home or in the office, used to require a whole lot of ink. In today's world of digital, however, staying on top of your work is more "swipe" and less "write." A constantly regenerating crop of apps and programs has emerged to help keep you organized.
- Podio: Whether you're a freelancer, small business owner or corporate manager, Podio lets you view all of your tasks in one place. The software, which runs on desktop, mobile and tablet, allows users to create workspaces where they can mark off completed tasks, assign projects, share files and even auto-generate comments.Additionally, Podio handles CRM, sales leads and recruiting — saving small businesses time and precious seed money. Wish Podio could do more? The software has a drag-and-drop development tool that even non-programmers can master.
Asana is a technological godsend for those who dread rummaging through a
cluttered inbox. The app eliminates excessive back-and-forth emails,
allowing team members and managers to create project cards, update
assignments on-the-fly and communicate inside the program — without
sending superfluous emails and IMs for "status updates."
- Planet Soho: Planet Soho aims to be a Jack-of-all-Trades tool for small business owners and freelancers, though its core competency lies in accounting and invoicing. To make sure that small enterprises don't dedicate outside resources to filing and sending, Planet Soho can draft and auto-send online invoices. The company will also send paper invoices for you if that's the method you prefer. Planet Soho's software also features project management, inventory control, CRM and email and calendar functions. For managers, Planet Soho features budget-setting and task-assignment functions, like other popular task management tools.
- Flow: If you feel overwhelmed by multi-faceted task-management programs that seemingly let you do anything under the sun and prefer a simple interface, check out Flow. The software allows managers to assign, organize and prioritize tasks while also controlling who can see what. That means managers can give outside contractors access to a team's Flow while also controlling what they can see. For a more hands-off experience, Flow is able to send notifications of upcoming tasks and set repeating tasks.
Homemakers know all too well that the best laid plans most often go
awry. A manageable to-do list? Sounds nice in theory, but when
mini-crises loom around every bend (especially when you have a toddler),
a parent can easily lose track of what needs to be done, parlaying a
half-complete to-do list into an insurmountable task sheet.
- Houzz: Have a home improvement to-do list? Normally, you'd have to jump around to multiple sites and professional recommendation services like Angie's List. Houzz, on the other hand, is a one-stop-shop for home and office design ideas — it houses thousands of articles and photographs that could be the inspiration for your next professional or DIY project — and the professionals who can pull off the job. If you see a bathroom design that you like, for example, Houzz can help you find and vet a nearby remodeling specialist.
- Lift: Don't confuse Lyft, a ride-sharing service doing battle with Uber,
with Lift, a mobile and desktop app that lets users set, track and
complete goals. It doesn't matter whether your goal (a.k.a. the "lift")
is small — let's say taking more vitamins — or large, like running a
marathon or decluttering your entire home;
Are there a few home improvement or beautification projects you'd like
to undertake, but worry you don't have the wherewithal or financial
resources to complete? Snapguide is a handy mobile and desktop DIY guide
to a smattering of projects that you probably thought were impossible
without professional help. Snapguide users are encouraged to carouse the
site for tips and how-tos, and even create their own content with
photos and videos of their projects.
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