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7 Trending Project Management Tools to Help You Collaborate With Your Team

7 Trending Project Management Tools to Help You Collaborate With Your Team

Project management plays a crucial role in every area of the business world. Whatever decision you make or whichever path you choose, executing your ideas and attaining your goals is rooted in effective project management.

A company cannot embark on a project before chalking out the essential steps to achieve their goals. This is a major setback for companies that start projects with poorly defined requirements and end up delivering a bad product.

Likewise, all policies are useless if they are not effectively implemented. This only leads to negatives consequences and poor business decisions. The motivation of every company should be to deliver quality results, and this can only be accomplished with proper project management.

When companies previously hired employees, they never used to examine their project management skills. As times change, however, companies have made it more important for their employees to have knowledge about its basic concepts. If you’re looking to take your project management to the next level, then it’s time to take the initiative and explore the online tools available for effective collaboration and project management.

  1. Nutcache

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    Nutcache is an emerging favorite in the business world. The different features that this cloud-based project management and collaborative system offers are considerably unique.

    Nutcache appeals to many businesses because it makes organizing plans and procedures quite handy, and moreover provides a certain degree of advantage in managing different projects. Nutcache offers the following features:

    • Manage your budget and deadlines effectively.
    • Develop client-based projects and also apply deadlines to each of them.
    • Determine each project’s expense, and thus figure out what you’ll be investing in them.
    • Compare the performance of different projects and invite more clients to do business.
    • Allocate separate tasks to different teams based on their preferred management methods.
    1. Casual

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      Among the most popular management tools is Casual, an online collaboration and project management platform designed for companies which prefer:

      • Teams that are either small or growing.
      • Projects that are developed without any particular manager.
      • Projects which are brand new or recurring.

      Project managers can do the following using this tool:

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      • Draw project plans with schedules, dependencies, and resources.
      • Observe the big picture, and stay in control the entire time.
      • Automatically document the project and work proactively.
      1. Huddle

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        When companies need a collaborative system that provides added security along with efficient project management methodologies, then Huddle is the most appealing platform. The UK and United States governments also use this technology to manage their operations.

        Huddle makes data encryption possible across shared servers. It also allows professional debates and discussions, which are needed for active changes in ongoing projects. It also lets managers grant permissions to specific people, thus restricting sensitive privileges to select employees.

        1. Freedcamp

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          Freedcamp is a project management tool that can be used for any type of planning, be it a camping trip, wedding, or office project. It offers a clean and easy-to-use digital interface of systems like task lists and sticky notes.

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          It includes a calendar tool that allows you to switch between daily, weekly, and monthly schedules.They also provide a lot of free applications with unlimited users, projects, and 200 MB of storage, though you will need to pay more if you want to use more apps and storage.

          1. Redbooth

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            Redbooth is one of the best project collaboration tools that combines teamwork and web-based management. Its main aim is transforming “company wide collaboration”, which makes it more convenient to get things done.

            It also provides a real-time communication platform for easy communication and increased productivity. There are team workspaces, business chats, HD video conferencing, task management, and a mobile app to provide you with ultimate ease-of-access.

            1. Teamwork

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              Teamwork helps you to manage projects in the most efficient way possible by reducing unnecessary meetings to help get things done. It also allows both your team and your clients to work together and check the status of the project.

              It can be integrated with most everyday apps, so that implementing it requires no extra work. Status options are there to give you updates on other team members, and privacy options for senior management to deal with the team.

              1. Proofhub

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                Proofhub basically provides project management and collaboration under one roof. It helps you plan, team up, organize, and deliver your work with ease. It allows you to stay in constant touch with team members, give and discuss tasks, chat to communicate in real-time, share your files using Google drive or Dropbox, and finally deliver your project on time.

                It comes with advanced features such as security, personalization, accessibility, notifications, and a lot more. To try it out you can use the free 30 day trial.

                Featured photo credit: Group-Project via edge.alluremedia.com.au

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                Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

                Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

                When you train your brain, you will:

                • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
                • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
                • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

                So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

                1. Work your memory

                Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

                When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

                If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

                The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

                Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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                Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

                What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

                For example, say you just met someone new:

                “Hi, my name is George”

                Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

                Got it? Good.

                2. Do something different repeatedly

                By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

                Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

                It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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                And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

                But how does this apply to your life right now?

                Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

                Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

                Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

                So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

                You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

                That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

                3. Learn something new

                It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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                For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

                Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

                You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

                4. Follow a brain training program

                The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

                5. Work your body

                You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

                Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

                Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

                Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

                6. Spend time with your loved ones

                If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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                If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

                I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

                7. Avoid crossword puzzles

                Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

                Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

                Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

                8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

                Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

                When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

                So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

                The bottom line

                Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

                Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

                Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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