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Psst, Producteev Can Help You Get a Raise!

It’s pretty common knowledge that the best way to ensure a raise is by keeping your boss happy. What’s not as well known, are all the ways Producteev can help with that. Here are some examples and tips from us to you:

  • Let your accomplishments be known - By tracking your projects and tasks in Producteev, it’s easy for your manager to see what you’re working on and all you’ve done. It’s also easy for you to show off your productivity and initiative by running a few quick filters.
  • Work on what’s important to your boss first - In your one-on-one, walk through your tasks and use the stars in Producteev to prioritize. This will ensure you do the things that matter most to them (which score you the most brownie points).
  • Make your boss look good - Producteev’s filters make it simple to find information needed to speak intelligently on an item that may come up in a meeting. Organize your projects and categorize your tasks so that your boss can quickly get the answers they’re looking for when asked the status of something, a specific stat, or for associated resources.
  • Execute Effectively - Everyone wants a team that’s efficient and collaborative. Using Producteev to manage and work on your team tasks is the surest way to hit the mark.
  • Make your boss’s life easier - Just by clearly defining project parameters, setting expectations and establishing ownership of tasks, you’ll be one step ahead of the rest. One of the most frustrating and time consuming parts of managing is having to continually follow up on action items and worry about meeting deadlines or quarter goals. Eliminating this stress by leveraging Producteev’s task features (assignees, followers, due date, reminders, sub-tasks) will make you indispensable. Remember, your boss only wants surprises if they’re good.

Cheers!

The Producteev Team

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How To Stay Productive During Summer

According to this article by Forbes, productivity at work drops by 20% during summer months. Not only does good weather seem to correlate with an increase in vacations, it’s reported that employees are 45% more distracted when it’s hot out. Here are a few tips from the Producteev Team on how to stay productive this summer:

  • Make sure to add priorities and due dates to tasks – this will help you stay on top of what needs to be accomplished.
  • Plan your “fun” projects for the summer so you’ll want to get work done.
  • Take advantage of Producteev’s mobile apps and work outside for a couple of hours one day if you’re feeling antsy about being in the office.
  • Keep the office between 65 to 70 degrees.

Happy first day of Summer this Saturday!

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Quote of the Day

We couldn’t agree more with this quote by David Allen: “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” Holding is what Producteev is for. Whether your ideas are for private or public viewing, we’ve got you covered. So go on and be brilliant!

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Task Management Software Changing the Way Teams Work Together

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As the use of task management software increases, so does the gap between the new and old way of working in teams. Gone are the days where your only option was to spend hours of your day sorting through emails, in meetings to follow up on action items, and searching through to-do lists to figure out your priorities. There’s now a better way to work, and people are starting to demand change from their employers. What are they looking for? A way to connect with each other. A way to be more efficient, spend time on things that matter, and work from anywhere.

While task management software is just one of the technologies changing the tone of the workplace, its impact is undeniable. Apps like Producteev enable teams to work together on projects by dividing up and collaborating on tasks in one cloud-based platform. What’s truly superior about this solution compared to old way of working in email is not just that all project content and activity is organized in one place, however. It’s that tasks are actually made actionable and team members held accountable for items assigned to them. With Producteev’s task audit trail feature, for example, everyone involved in a project has visibility into who’s responsible for a task, the status of that task, and whether or not action is being taken to complete it.

Other benefits of task management software include:

  1. The ease of finding exactly what you’re looking for via filters that allow you to sort and view tasks by project, person, category, priority, due date, task status, task type, and more.
  2. Accessibility provided by apps available for a variety of devices: iPhone, Android, iPad, Mac, Outlook, and web.
  3. Real time push notifications that keep you informed about task activity and remind you of upcoming due dates.
  4. Integration with products like Dropbox that let you to attach files to tasks from any device.
  5. The elimination of version control issues caused by people not “replying all” or responding to outdated email threads.

And it’s not a select number of use cases this software works for. Task management apps solve business problems that extend across departments, industries and even country borders: duplication of effort, workflow inefficiencies, lack of transparency and communication, inability to find content, late deliverables, travel interference, dispersed teams, and difficulty with organization and prioritization, all of which affect productivity.

With technology now a deeply integrated part of our everyday lives, it’s never been more critical for companies to adopt systems that allow people to work the way they want to, using apps that make their lives easier. Task management and team collaboration software is no longer a foreign concept. It’s a proven method. It’s the new and better way to work. Thank you to all our users who help spur this change!

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Productive, but Passionate?

The idea of apps and little tricks to make you instantly more productive is great and all, but can anyone really be their most productive if they’re not passionate about what they’re working on?

This article, by Warren Berger posted on Fast Company, does a great job of asking 8 thought-provoking questions to help you find your passion. What would you answer? Are you doing what you love?

  1. What is your tennis ball (the thing that pulls you)?
  2. What am I doing when I feel most beautiful?
  3. What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?”
  4. What are your superpowers?
  5. What did you enjoy doing at age 10?
  6. What are you willing to try now?
  7. Looking back on your career, 20 or 30 years from now, what do you want to say you’ve accomplished?
  8. What is your sentence (that sums up who you are and what you aim to achieve)?
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