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6 Ways to Maximize and Manage Notification Alerts

Notifications are certainly the most important feature of a good project management system. And the bigger the project, the more vital the notifications become. We all need to be notified if a co-worker completes a task we were working on or if someone adds a comment. On the other hand, there are a lot of things we don’t need or want to be notified of. This is why Producteev provides smart notifications on Android, Mac, iPhone and Web. Here are seven best practices to be more efficient with notifications:



1/ Be selective. We give you the choice not to overload your mailbox. Go to your settings and set the events you want to receive notifications for.

2/ Pick and choose workspaces. Not all projects are of equal importance. Choose the workspaces that are highest priority to be notified about via email.


3/ Select the right email. We all have multiple emails addresses (personal and work). Choose the appropriate email for the project notifications in your settings.

4/ Unfollow tasks you are not interested in anymore. Notifications are sent for tasks you are involved in. If you are the creator or the assignee of a task, your will receive all the notifications. To stop those click on “unfollow” in the task detail panel.

5/ Follow priority tasks. An easy way to stay up-to-date on an important task is to follow it.

6/ Download the apps! Get notifications on your iPhone, Android, and/or Mac so you are always in the loop.


Have a Producteev week!

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How-to deal with your people on Producteev?

Teams are change. Employees are leaving, new employees are being hired… Regardless of what type of business you are running, it is inevitable that you will need to adjust teams, reassign tasks, and sadly, make sure that former employees are unable to access sensitive information. Luckily, there are a few simple steps to follow to complete all of these actions in Producteev. Let’s review a few important scenarios:


1/ Onboard a new member in a workspace

Let’s say you just hired the perfect assistant. Now you need to provide access for this person to manage your tasks. All you need to do is login to your Producteev account, open the workspace, and to click on the green “+” located in the left sidebar. Then, just type the email address of your employee and Producteev will send the person an email invitation. This is also where you can check your pending invitations and even revoke an invitation if you change your mind or misspell an address.


2/ Give administrative powers to someone else

An important element of success is the ability to effectively delegate tasks. As an example, user authorizations is a task that may be better suited for your wonderful new assistant. To give your assistant access, you would open your settings and to go in the workspace panel. Do you see the link “change administrator” option located beneath each workspace? Simply click on this option and to chose your new administrator. Note that this setting will not change anything about your current subscriptions.


3/ Remove someone from a workspace

With any business, employees will come and go. It is important that former employees do not have access to the company projects or tasks. To do remove those people from your workspaces you first go to the settings panel. It takes one click on an user avatar to delete this person from the workspace. What happens with the tasks? All the tasks will be reassigned to the creator of each task, or to the workspace administrator if the creator was the person you just removed.


Have a Producteev week!

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Stop Using Emails and Take Action

Take just a minute to think about it: of the last 10 emails you received, how many helped you to complete a project? Not a lot right…

A recent study from the McKinsey Institute showed that the average worker spends 28 hrs per week looking for information to help get the job done, including more that 8 hrs per week just looking through old emails thread. We could all use that extra time.

In an effort to reduce the noise of emails you receive and to keep the conversation in the right place, you can use Producteev to turn talk into action items within the tasks and notes. Not only you can discuss and store information with your action items, you can also collaborate on documents and attach any type of files!

Have a Producteev week!

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Don’t Waste Your Weekend! #HowTo Stay Productive

Weekends are generally meant to be a time to unwind, rejuvenate, and focus on the other aspects of life that matter- but do you find yourself wasting valuable weekend-time?

For those of us who don’t have weekend jobs, or plans to visit family/friends, and all household errands have been completed; there are still ways you can be productive during the weekend!

Give in to Your Creativity

Write out a list of creative things you would like to do, but don’t quite find time for during the work-week. Teach yourself to sing/play/dance to a favorite song. Create something thoughtful for loved ones. Experiment bold new recipes. Post some how-to videos on YouTube. It’ll feel so good to cater to the side of you that you normally set-aside. You may learn more of yourself in doing so!

Give in to Your Inner Child

Go ahead and relive the joy of filling the pages of a coloring book! Disregard your grown-up diet, and indulge in your favorite childhood treats! Go to the park with a child, and play to your hearts content! Or maybe you can play with slime, or clay. Nothing wrong with it, no one will judge you. It’s all quite humbling.

Give in to What You’ve Abandoned

Come on now. Don’t let ‘writers block’ be your excuse for not finishing your novel, or posting new entries to your blog- you know you want to continue, but you’ve become too comfortable with not! You may have many messages waiting for you in one of the social media accounts you signed up for and later neglected- revisit those!

Surely there are tens of hundreds of thousands more ideas that can be added to this list. What are some of your suggestions?

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Stay Focused at Work With These #TipsAndTricks

Regardless of the size of your office setting, it is sometimes difficult to remain focused at work. One may typically find other co-workers to blame, but we each have the ability to greatly reduce the disturbance factor by tweaking our own actions. Entrepreneur Dave Cheong came up with a fantastic list of tips and tricks that are sure help you make the most of your day and get stuff done!


  1. Write out a daily task list and plan your day. There’s nothing like a task list sitting next to you to keep you focused. When you have a list of the things you need to accomplish in a day, having that close to you constantly reminding you of what needs to be done is a great way of keeping on track.
  2. Allocate time slots colleagues can interrupt you. In a busy work place, people are moving and talking all the time. If you play a role in a team where others need to interact with you, try allocating a time slot they can interrupt you. Instead of having people stop by your desk every 10 mins and asking you questions, let them know of a time in the day, say between 2-4pm you can be interrupted. At all other times, you can really get some work done.
  3. Apply time boxing. Instead of working at something till it is done, try working on it for a limited period, say 30 mins. By that time, the task is either completed or you allocate another time slot, perhaps in another day, to pick it up again. This way, you keep your work fresh and engaging throughout the entire working day.
  4. Setup filters in your email. If you spend a lot of your time communicating and planning in front of your computer, chances are you deal with emails on a frequent basis. Setting up filters in your email client can be a great way of sorting out what’s important and urgent from personal stuff which can wait. Instead of dealing with a single Inbox with hundreds of unread email, you only need to deal with smaller folders categorised by project, priority and context.
  5. Do not check personal email in the morning. Checking personal emails can be very distracting even with filters setup. This is especially true when your friends send you links to interesting articles, jokes or videos on YouTube. If you’re not careful, you can get side tracked for hours. Instead of checking your personal email as soon as you get in, try starting work straight away. This will build up some momentum as you ease into your work day. You should check your personal email only after you have a few tasks completed or underway. Also, if you don’t want to perpetuate a particular distracting email thread, just don’t reply to it until after work.
  6. Set your IM status. If you use Instant Messenger, when you don’t want to be disturbed, make use of the status and set yourself as being away or busy. Your friends and colleagues will honour that. They can either send you an email or look you up later when you aren’t as busy.
  7. Listen to the right types of music. Music is a great way of settling into the working routine. In addition, having music can drown out office noises like printers and background chattering. Be careful though, depending on personal preference, some types of music are not particularly conducive to productive work. For me, I can’t work when listening to songs with lots of lyrics because the words interrupt my thinking process.
  8. Use the headphones but leave the music off. Some people prefer to have absolute silence when working. I think that also depends on what kind of work you are doing. If you’re doing some serious planning or something computational, having music blasting in your ears may not be the best thing for keeping focused. Try using headphones or ear plugs to block out the background noise but leave the music off.
  9. Fill up a water bottle. Keeping yourself hydrated is pretty important for all sorts of health reasons. Instead of going to the water cooler with your glass every hour, try filling up a water bottle at the start of the day. This does a couple of things – firstly, it limits the starts/stops associated every time you get up for water and secondly, it avoids being sucked into lengthy discussions around the water cooler.
  10. Find the best time to do repetitive and boring tasks. No matter how much you try to avoid it, you’re going to have to face doing things which are either repetitive or boring. For these tasks, I find it is best to choose a time in the day to work on them. For example, I’m more alert at the start of the day, so it’s better to work on things which require brain power early. Working on boring tasks that can be done via auto-pilot are better left towards the end of the day when I’m usually tired.
  11. Bring your lunch and have it at your desk. I’m not suggesting you do this every day, but if you really have to focus and are trying to meet a deadline, having your lunch at your desk really helps. The normal one hour lunch break can really interrupt any momentum you might have built up during the morning. I find when I’m eating lunch at my desk, my lunch breaks are shorter and I can get through a few emails while I’m eating. After I’m done, I’m straight back working on the next task.
  12. Don’t make long personal calls. Most of us have a good separation between our working and personal lives (or a least try to). I think we can all agree we should avoid having work intrude on our personal time as much as possible. The reverse of this also applies. Try limiting the time you spend doing personal things during work as they can be distracting and draining on your motivation. For example, you do not really want to be thinking about your weekend away with your spouse when you really need to get things done.
  13. Clean up your desk. Some of you may have desks which can only be described as ordered chaos. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as long as you can find what you need without too much digging around. However, if you can’t, I suggest cleaning up your desk. That doesn’t mean having an empty desk, it just means having neat stacks of paper, all filed in the correct location. It also helps tremendously having all the things you need easily within arms reach. For example, if you need a place to write, having your pen and notepad close by and easily accessible is incredibly useful.
  14. Get a good chair. If you sit for long hours at your desk and I’m sure some of you do, you might find it helpful to get a good chair. I find it’s pretty hard to stay focused when my neck and back are sore because I have a bad setup at my desk. A good chair can eliminate this, allowing you to work for long stretches without breaks and physical distractions.
  15. Use shortcuts on your computer. If you find you do the same thing with your computer more than once throughout the day, you might find it helpful to look for ways in which you can do them without too much manual repetition. For example, if there’s a project folder you access all the time, try adding a shortcut to your Explorer or Finder so you can get access to it with a single click, instead of expanding folder after folder in the tree panel.
  16. Close programs you’re not using. Instead of Alt-Tabbing constantly and fighting the computer to locate the program you need, try only having the applications you need open. Close everything else. For example, if you have already located a file and no longer need a particular Explorer or Finder instance open, close it. There’s no reason to leave it around at all.
  17. Limit time on Digg, Delicious, news sites and blogs. Digg, Delicious, news and blogs are great from an interest perspective, but they can really take you away from the work you should be working on. Try to limit going to these sites during the working day. If you really have to, try doing it during your lunch time. No, you don’t need to have your finger on the pulse every single minute of the day.

What else would you add to the list? Is there anything here you strongly agree, or disagree with? Sound off and let us know!

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Don’t Use the Internet for Personal Reasons at Work! #Infographic

Have you ever been caught red-handed, using the Internet for personal reasons at work? Well you’re not the only one (you sneaky sneaky thing!) After breezing through this interesting infographic from CareerBuilder- get back to work!


Does your workplace block the access of certain websites? Are you free to post whatever you wish about your company via social media? Let us know in the comments below!


A Fun Look at What Our Workspaces Say About Us

A few weeks ago we shared an article about What Your Workspace Says About You.

Below are photos of our desks and a few of the possible inferences. Can you guess whose desk each one is?

  • paper stacks – this person spends a lot of time processing documents and serving as the organization’s record keeper
  • mega screens – s/he means business!
  • headphones – this person has a need for quiet so s/he can get in the zone
  • pen & paper – s/he blends old school tools and therefore isn’t that geeky
  • snacks – this person needs to frequently recharge those batteries, this hints at having high-energy work
  • phones – s/he spends a great deal of time on the phone, who could that be?!
  • charts, graphs, etc. – this data-driven individual plans with a purpose
  • tins of crackers & candies – like the above post suggests, s/he invites people to hang out and may serve as supervisor
  • random bottles – not sure what this means, what do you think?
  • multiple devices – s/he manages multiple platforms and therefore is the most geeky ;)

What does your desk say about you? We’d love to hear!

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Other than the office, where do YOU get things done?

Work happens. More and more often, it’s happening in “non-traditional” places. That’s why we built a platform to help manage your to-dos anywhere.

Out of curiosity, where do you feel the most productive? Feel free to let us know if it’s some other exotic location.

a fancy cafe


Ellie Yannis

a living room that’s feng shui


Hessie Bell

a library or study


Susan Astray

in business or first class


Plak Boek

a comp’d hotel room


James Yu

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