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TripIt - Travel Itinerary - Trip Planner. The Ultimate Guide to Time Management (Part 1): Add Structure to Your Day. Advanced warning: when you get to the end of this post, you’ll find a small and helpful homework assignment.

The Ultimate Guide to Time Management (Part 1): Add Structure to Your Day

If you don’t struggle with managing your time, don’t do it. In fact, you should probably stop reading now because this blog post doesn’t apply to you. For the other 90% of the population, this first article in a three-part series on time management will get you on the track to truly being more productive. If you’re an entrepreneur like me, you either: feel crushed right now by the mountain of tasks demanding your attention, have felt that way in the past, will be feeling that way in the near future…or all three. Accounting, marketing, meetings, payroll, hiring and managing employees, finding quality vendors, paying bills…all of this and I haven’t even started talking about the day-to-day work of building a product/service, taking care of customers, or dealing with the myriad of fires popping up all the time. Feeling stressed now? Baby Steps.

TeamLab. Apereo Foundation. Projects & Communities. Stop using Basecamp! Free, Open Source, and Better Alternatives. Unless your business relies on it, or you have other software that plugs into Basecamp, there’s no reason to stick with Basecamp.

Stop using Basecamp! Free, Open Source, and Better Alternatives

Basecamp is very minimalistic and is lacking features many teams need to actually get work done. If you don’t need Basecamp, try one of the many open source and free alternatives. I’ve personally used Basecamp, it’s not great. Improve Your Web Design Projects with a Good Project Scope. By Dominic St-Pierre The first few things you do after a potential client contacts you about a web design project are the most important.

Improve Your Web Design Projects with a Good Project Scope

In fact, these initial steps can spell the difference between a good or bad project. There’s plenty of information out there on how to identify bad clients and manage difficult situations. You may even have your own client horror stories of your own. While it’s true that bad client situations sometimes can’t be avoided — it’s an inherent part of working with other people, after all — many of these situations are just simply the result of lack of communication and understanding. To Do - GQueues. One account.

To Do - GQueues

All of Google. Sign in with your Google Account Find my account Forgot password? Sign in with a different account Create account One Google Account for everything Google. Calendars, Task Management & ToDo List Tools. How to get the Most out of Wunderlist. Wunderlist has become my close friend and trusted advisor.

How to get the Most out of Wunderlist

10 Reasons Wunderlist Is My Todo List (And Should Be Yours Too…) There are many options out there for todo lists.

10 Reasons Wunderlist Is My Todo List (And Should Be Yours Too…)

In fact, there are too many to name here. Some are free. A few are very expensive. Many of them are too complex. In fact, some make life more complicated. My todo list app of choice is Wunderlist. Here’s why… Productivity That Gets Work Done. Features focused on effectiveness. Week perspective WEEK PLAN gives you a weekly view on your tasks.

Features focused on effectiveness

A week view strikes the right balance between giving enough space to plan and a time window short enough to focus on execution. Easy and meaningful prioritization. How to Use Google Calendar as a Project Management Tool. Issue & Project Tracking Software. ThinkBuzan. Currently available for Windows users, with a Mac version available in early 2015* Offers for existing users.

ThinkBuzan

Hightrack. Three tools for better task management in Google Apps. You need a system to track your calendar, project lists, and actionable tasks.

Three tools for better task management in Google Apps

Here are three suggestions for Google Apps users. David Allen, author of the best-selling Getting Things Done, promotes a productivity system that includes project lists, actionable task lists, and date-specific task lists. Project Professional 2013 Evaluation Resources. Smartsheet. See how the Horizon Home Team real estate agency uses Smartsheet to keep a handle on lead generation, visualize workflows, close leads, and work effectively as a team.

Smartsheet

With Smartsheet, the team has great systems in place to catch all of the lead information that comes in and then act on it. Nothing falls through the cracks. Plus, it's all in the cloud, so the agents can update their sheets anywhere, any time - which is critical when you're in real estate. The team also keeps track of all of their communication with leads in Discussions. Jason R. Fayling: Use Google Calendar as a Timesheet.

I recently joined Daugherty Business Solutions, a strategic consulting partner committed to helping clients meet unique business and technology objectives. As a software consultant working on various projects I needed to be able to track the time I spent working on client projects. I also wanted a solution that didn't require installing any special software or requiring a specific computer. Visual and Simple Project Management. Zoho Projects Software Review: Overview - Features - Pricing. Overview Presentation Zoho Projects is for team members within organizations who want to efficiently and securely collaborate, and to ensure that work is done and accomplished on-time.

As one of the best project management applications available on the market, Zoho Projects meets most users criteria. This online-based application has collaborative and tracking abilities that allow different project team members keep informed, to stick to their schedules, to improve team communication as well as track, and fix bugs.

Features, Benefits and Product Strengths Task Management: Zoho Projects enables its users to keep an organized list of assigned tasks that comprise each project. Document Management: The application allows users to create and view online project files in a number of formats without additional plugins to download. 5 Ways to Keep Organized with Microsoft OneNote. The OneNote app comes installed by default on Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets. This program — part of the Microsoft Office suite — is a full-fledged notes-management tool with deep hooks into Outlook and Windows (e.g., through a “print to OneNote” feature). Note-taking apps are a dime a dozen.

Many people remain quite content with third-party solutions like Evernote. Jason R. Fayling: Use Google Calendar as a Timesheet.