4 Top Project Management Tools

Office Organization Success

One question that I get asked a lot is “what’s a good online product I can use for scheduling projects throughout the year?” Just because some of these project management tools have all these fancy bells and whistles don’t go assuming they’re the best. Google Calendars. Good ole’ Google calendars are a really quick and simple project management tool. And similarly you can just view one calendar at a time.

5 Tips for Solopreneurs for Successful Project Management

The Solopreneur Life

W hen you enter the self-employed, solopreneur life, one of the hardest obstacles you’ll need to overcome is project management. In the corporate world, there is often a chain of command and a list of policies and procedures to manage tasks. As a solopreneur, you need to incorporate every aspect in order to successfully manage projects. Here are five quick tips on project management as a part of your self-employed business plan. Use a Calendar.

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Project Managment Planning Time | Men With Pens

Men With Pens

And it’s sweet because now I get to discuss my ultimate, favorite topic: T, for Time-based, which has a great deal to do with project management. And project management is what I do best. I could throw the text book definition of project management at you… Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. …

How to Master The Art of Supporting Multiple Managers

Office Dynamics

The article, Juggling: The Art of Supporting Multiple Managers by Stacy Leitner was originally posted at AGreatDaysWork.com. If you are an assistant who works with multiple managers or executives, you know the work can be overwhelming at times. However, after a recent turn of events such as staffing vacancies and promotions, I have found myself providing administrative support to several other key managers while we recruit for vacant positions.

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The Great Calendar Debate - Paper or Electronic - 21 Experts Weigh.

Productive & Organized

Try This Instead | Main | Be Smart About Using the Telephone » The Great Calendar Debate - Paper or Electronic - 21 Experts Weigh In We are in the home stretch of 2009 -- bring on 2010!!    One item frequently purchased at this time of year is a calendar or planner for the upcoming year.    Keep reading to learn what my colleagues and friends had to say about the "Great Calendar Debate."  

5 Ways to Efficiently Manage Your Web Design Projects

Dumb Little Man

And with that big number, it is understandable for web designers to be juggling more than one web design project at a time. But how do you keep up with all of the tasks that you need to complete in each project? If you need help organizing all of your projects and making sure that you get to accomplish them more efficiently and on time, then these five productivity tips will surely come in handy. Use a visual project management tool.

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Microsoft Outlook 2007 Calendars & Tasks Webinar 12/7/11

Office Dynamics

The webinar below is offered by Business Management Daily. The subject, Microsoft Outlook 2007 Calendars & Tasks is one I am sure you will draw great tips and tricks from. If you are interested simply click on the links below to register through Business Management Daily for this webinar. Microsoft Outlook 2007 Calendars & Tasks. Some use it for both e-mail and calendaring. Calendars Only. Calendars for Appointments/Tasks for To-Do Items.

Top 3 Mistakes Made When Selecting a Task Management Tool

Jen Lawrence

We google “best task management tools” and pick the one with the best reviews. We load in all our tasks, get all the labels/tags figured out, maybe link it to our digital calendars. What integrations does the task management tool offer? Your digital calendar?

2020 52

Why You Should Plan To Burn Out

Productivity Bits

Projects. A hectic day now and then is manageable. It’s not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of good time management skills. Break It Up When you face a large project, it can seem overwhelming. Each complex project consists of several small components. Kayla Matthews is a productivity blogger and calendar-planning enthusiast. Meetings. Assignments. Deadlines. Email. Phone calls.

2016 100

Software Needed For Managing A Small Business

Small Business CEO

Many business managers are on the lookout for software that can help them do the tasks while improving their business. There are several software programs in the market, whether a web based application or a stand alone program, which have been made available for managers to provide solutions for their ever growing task expansion problems. You can also purchase a project planning software. Customer relation management should not be compromised by these overwhelming tasks.

2010 59

Don’t…Unless

Productivityist

Don’t…use your calendar as a task scheduler. Doing this only fills your calendar up with things that aren’t date/time specific, and it doesn’t allow the things on your calendar that are to stand out. The calendar is your most sacred haven because it is where you have the most control to protect your time. So don’t use your calendar to schedule tasks. Don’t…focus on working by project all the time. So don’t always work by project.

2015 83

My Time Management Reboot: The Pros and Cons of Electronic Systems and Why I Created a Hybrid

Eat Your Career

It pains me to announce that my grand experiment with using electronic time management systems has officially come to an end (sort of). You see, for the past several years, I’ve been using a variety of tech tools to help organize my life and work—appointments, tasks, projects and more. In fact, I’m going to give you a complete overview of my brand new time management system. Electronic time management tools come in all shapes and sizes, from super simple to massively complex.

2013 145

12 Tips To Organize Your Small Business For Success

Dumb Little Man

Now, keep in mind, this took me years to manage to implement all of those tips! Use A Content Calendar Or Promotional Calendar. To do that I use a content calendar. Use A Project Management Software. Work In Blocks And Use Calendar Blocking.

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Tips for Managing Incoming Emails from Customers

Andrea Kalli

While ten years ago, managing email could have been a secondary consideration, today it is absolutely vital to keep customers and clients in the loop through rapid, prompt email support. Despite these differences, there are some important email management tips that can apply to any online business. Most people, especially the type that attract hundreds of emails per day, are incredibly busy, and devoting time to emails would mean that they could not manage the rest of their day.

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Five SEO Reputation Management Strategies

Andrea Kalli

One area that is both free of direct marketing and very appealing to businesses is reputation management. If you are interested in using SEO as a reputation management tool for your business, these five strategies, tips, and tactics could be of value. Before investing in any search strategy, reputation management or otherwise, plan things out, survey the options that are available, and take action. Five SEO Reputation Management Strategies Rating 3.00

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How To Effectively Manage Your To-Do List

Productivity Bits

The Next-Action Lists, along with the calendar, are at the heart of daily action-management organization. There are two things that you can do to make your to-do list an effective tool of productivity: Contextualize and bundle the tasks into Projects. If you think about it, the tasks you do are really parts of particular projects. Managing your tasks under these two elements become easy with the use of the online tool called Simple GTD.

2010 193

Tools to Help Your Employees Work from Home

Dumb Little Man

Whatever it is you need, there’s almost always a tool available for it, like video conferencing tools, audio tools, productivity tools, and even project management templates. Teams tend to achieve more when using a collaborative task management tool like Trello.

2020 165

10 Painless Time-Tracking Apps For Your Creative Projects

Dumb Little Man

If you are a freelancer, team leader, manager, or a simple individual, you can use the feedback from time tracking apps to make well-informed choices. This will improve project management and save time on your work. 10 Time-Tracking Apps For Your Creative Projects. Its interface is quite simple and mimics that of a calendar. There is also the freedom to reassign the task as the manager deems fit. You can also use color codes to manage your projects.

2020 139

3 Services to Contract for Your Business

Jen Lawrence

Hire an accountant, bookkeeper, and/or tax professional to help you manage the money. Bringing in a virtual assistant (VA) and an online business manager (OBM) will change the day-to-day efficiency of your business. A VA can help you with tasks like calendar and inbox management.

2020 52

Assistants Must Excel at the Fundamentals

Office Dynamics

They feel they have been managing calendars or planning meetings forever so why pay attention. For 28 years, I have been teaching assistants to pay attention to the fundamentals such as meeting planning, travel planning, calendar maintenance, organizational skills, follow-up systems, time management, and communications. Manager Support. Managing Office Technology. Supporting Multiple Managers. Task and Project Management.

2018 181

Essential Systems for Entrepreneurs

Jen Lawrence

Email, Calendar, Task Management, Document Management, Password Database. Client Management. CRM, Client Experience Processes, Records Management. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been at it for a while, running a business can be overwhelming.

2020 52

The Future of the Administrative Profession

Office Dynamics

It’s important to recognize the difference between surviving and thriving, because the key to success is available to those who successfully manage to cross the bandwidth between the two. Administrators handled many tasks, and had backups, cross training, and team-shared projects. Single support executive assistants now juggled multiple managers. They can be project managers, ambassadors of their manager’s vision, and more.

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So do assistants think the role has diversified?

Practically Perfect PA

Event Management, Project Management, Human Resources and Finance have become a big part of my job. Tasks and responsibilities involving heavy project management are becoming commonplace for the admin too.” I came from a background of office management & finance, I was able to take all the roles that I have had over the last 20 years and roll them into an executive assistant role. In this role I managed staff, but was not given a manager title.

2014 168

3 Ways Automation Can Hurt Your Business

Jen Lawrence

Does your calendar scheduler effortlessly distinguish between travel arrangements and regular phone calls when deciding when you’re available? Okay – raise of hands… how many of you have been told that the way to get ahead in your business is to automate as much as possible?

2021 52

Getting the Most Out of Your Next Performance Evaluation

Office Dynamics

The meeting is typically a way to evaluate the past year’s project management, acknowledge achievements, receive valuable feedback for performance improvement and create new goals for continued productivity. Below are a few: Throughout the year track each project and goal progress, additional duties added and positive feedback from others. Keeping track all year will help you easily prepare a list of projects you are most proud of completing and/or assisted with.

2018 146

5 Personal Board Ideas for Trello

Jen Lawrence

When we think about task management tools, we consider all the ways they can help us work better, faster, more efficiently. Home Improvement Projects. Our home improvement board holds lists and cards for on-going maintenance, fixes, and someday projects.

2020 52

Your Time Change Crash Course

Jen Lawrence

Activate multiple time zone view in your digital calendar to easily compare time zones right on your screen. Daylight Saving is upon us once again – causing great confusion across the nation.

2020 52

How to Plan Events Your Team Will Love (Without the Stress)

Eat Your Career

This is a guest post contributed by Eleanor Whitney, editor of All Hands , a publication about life at work from Managed by Q. Whether you’re managing the company holiday party, setting up your employee programming for the season ahead, or planning a last minute summer get-together for your team, organizing events that are creative and engaging can feel like an added burden on top of your day-to-day operational and administrative responsibilities.

2018 137

Networking – it doesn’t have to be a chore!

Practically Perfect PA

Once you have managed to engage in conversation, introduce yourself with more than just your name. “Hi, WATC make it simple by providing an events calendar of when all the networks are due to meet. Faye’s expertise lies within event and project management and she prides herself on providing excellent one to one support for the Head of Department. Networking can be a scary word can’t it?

2014 192

Office Dynamics Administrative Conference – Thursday Sessions

Office Dynamics

Debbie Gross (Strategy) suggested administrative assistants to work at a higher level by using their Outlook calendar like their own personal admin to help keep them on track with the many projects to be managed. She has a 3-point system for managing email: first pass. Third pass, Defer to tasks anything remaining that requires focus and project management. She took the initiative to have a conversation with her manager, and it worked out well.

2018 146

5 Ways to Build A Culture Trust In A Large Remote Team

Dumb Little Man

Technological advancements, in terms of connectivity speeds, as well as feature-rich project management tools, are allowing companies from a range of industries to enable remote work settings. They can manage work stress better as they were reported to experience 40% less burnout. CEOs, directors, and senior management should be able to come up with a set of ethical principles that are tied to business processes.

2020 155

5 Steps to Becoming a More Productive Entrepreneur

Jen Lawrence

These 5 steps will help you strip your productivity habits down to the basics and rebuild so that no matter what comes your way, you can manage all the things without losing your mind. STEP 2: Create a task management system that works for you.

2020 52

3 Biggest Mistakes Made While Writing Emails that are Simple to Solve

Jen Lawrence

If you’ve scheduled time with someone using a timezone as reference point, skip the messy converting and send the calendar invite in that timezone. Like it or not, email is still our default form of communication and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

2020 52

12 Days of Christmas Webinar: The Organized Admin with Julie Perrine

Office Dynamics

To Do Lists – Task Management. Projects. There are 5 core systems I encourage assistants to look at first: Time and Task Management. Project Management. Her system for email management is outstanding. Process your emails OUT of your inbox and into a TASK or CALENDAR appointment so you get them into your system for follow up, tracking, and completion.

2016 126

Creating Your Personalized Productivity Tool Kit: Top 10 Tools to Consider

Dumb Little Man

With so many tools around, you may wonder what is the most popular personal productivity software to boost time management skills? ProProfs Project. It is a robust online project management software that boosts productivity by simplifying most project-related tasks. An intuitive dashboard helps in managing and organizing project-related tasks, tracking progress, collaborating with the team, delegating tasks, and creating reports.

2020 162

Here’s How You Can Successfully Change To A Work-From-Home Career

Dumb Little Man

Unlike working in the office, where your supervisor may monitor your work, here you are your own boss; though your manager might check on you occasionally. Create your reminders and events in google calendar or your preferred app. When working on team projects, Google Docs makes it easier for each team member to edit and comment on documents. You can manage and prioritize your tasks using project management applications such as Trello.

2020 165

Another Reason to Love Dropbox. Paper!

Tips From T. Marie

I’ve used Slack a few times and I’ve tested various online project management apps, but they all seemed like overkill for my little business. Like how I can connect Paper to my Office 365 calendar. We can make notes in the same document as we are discussing a project on the phone or Skype. Project Management that fits my kind of business. Until recently, I really hadn’t given much thought to an online collaboration tool.

Certification Programs for Administrative Professionals

Jen Lawrence

Whether you’re an administrative professional looking for a way to validate your skill set or a manager looking to contribute to your admin’s professional development ( thank you, thank you, thank you ), certification is the perfect step. I’ve taken everything from project management courses to writing workshops. But honestly, how do you measure someone’s proficiency in office management or business communication?

Networking Is Important For Your Business — And The Follow Up Is Critical

Step It Up VA Coaching

Mark your calendar to follow up with a brief email no more than one week following your meeting. For example, if time management is an issue for him, send him a few tips for managing his calendar, or recommend an online project management tool that you know about, and let him know that you can set it up for him if he’s interested. It could be an anniversary date for his business, a big project he lands or an award he’s given, or even his birthday.

2015 126

4 Reasons Why She is in Love with @Asana and Her Team Has Never Been More Productive - App Review and How-To

Productive & Organized

" Then, I heard this comment: "I use Asana for task and project management, and the app is on my iPhone and iPad, so I can see all of my tasks at a glance and add to them if needed. I’m enjoying a new love affair… with my task management tool! Task/Project Management Tool: Asana. Asana is an Internet based software that is a powerful task manager. 1 - Manage all of Your Projects and Tasks With Ease.

2013 133

Networking Is Important For Your Business — And The Follow Up Is Critical

Step It Up VA Coaching

Mark your calendar to follow up with a brief email no more than one week following your meeting. For example, if time management is an issue for him, send him a few tips for managing his calendar, or recommend an online project management tool that you know about, and let him know that you can set it up for him if he’s interested. It could be an anniversary date for his business, a big project he lands or an award he’s given, or even his birthday.

2013 131

Stop Multitasking and Focus

Jen Lawrence

I had taken a job as an assistant to three executives, plus my role required project management work. Why was it taking me so long to book travel and get it on calendars? And I just couldn’t seem to get my project reports sent out. At this time, I overhauled the way I managed myself. However, do not, I repeat, do not type or write directly into a task management system. Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m a pro at multitasking!”?

2019 52

8 Killer Tips for a Successful Executive and Assistant Partnership

Office Dynamics

Rarely do executives communicate what happened in yesterday’s meetings to their assistants or take the time to explain the scope of a project. I wrote an entire 80+ Page Guide incorporating the main processes executives and assistants need to have down pat, such as: regularly scheduled meetings, calendar management, meeting preparation, e-mail management, project management, travel, follow-up systems and prioritization.

2017 182