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7 Top Alternatives for Asana You Must Know

7 Top Alternatives for Asana You Must Know

Getting a project done successfully can be tedious and time taking, and this is why you  need software or tools to help you easily and smoothly organize tasks and become hassle-free.

Project management software are created to streamline efforts and activities and coordinate within a company. When you try to manage a project without any project management software one can end up in a mess. Even having the best strategy and intentions, a wrong step can quickly destroy months of work.

What you need the most in a project management software are the delegation and organization of tasks, as they help enhance the visualization of project processes as well as timelines. In addition to Asana, though a popular project management tool but one that comes with complexity and slow speed, there are a number of project management solutions that have proved to be the alternative solutions for businesses and entrepreneurs. To save your time, here are some alternatives you can check out.

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Trello

Trello uses Kanban method, which helps users to move cards which are the representation of tasks which helps to create a visual representation of project where it is going. This offers unlimited projects and users and offers 10MB of storage on the free trail.

A quick look at the placement of the cards helps users to know how far a project is developed and what the next step is. The front of the card has task label, while the back have other information like when the task is due, who is working on a particular task, and which part of the task have been completed with a checklist. It also offers a calendar function.

Quire

Quire is a collaborative app that helps people accomplish their goals or dreams by dividing them down into small tasks and working with others to complete them. It helps growing and creative teams divide a challenging task into unlimited nested tasks and engage in real-time collaboration and communication.

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Thanks to a simple, clean and intuitive design, you don’t need to train your colleagues how to get started with this app. With each task that’s broken down, one can leave a comment for everyone to participate in real time discussion about that particular task. All the files attached, words added and photos pasted by others and you to the task can be seen instantly.

Britix24

Bitrix24 can be used as host on the company’s own server or on the cloud. The main features of Bitrix24 are layered task options, Gantt charts, employee workload planning, time management and tracking. Bitrix24 lets you make real-time communication by means of group chat, instant messenger, and video-conferencing. It has DropBox which has 5GB of cloud storage for sharing of a document.

Employee Workload Planning tool lets managers plan a number of hours for a task and compare with the actual number of hours spent by those to whom tasks assigned to. It has task templates that contain checklists and subtasks. Bitrix24 project management system is free for 12 users, along with an option to upgrade it for more with 99 dollars per month.

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Harvest

Harvest is a great time tracking tool of employees. This is great for reporting and resource based project management. It has an invoicing system, thus one can bill clients with a button click. The free version is for only one user, two projects, and four clients.

Beyond that, the price is $12 a month for unlimited projects and clients. Harvest has a number of integrations like Google drive, Atlassian Jira, QuickBooks, Zendesk, Zapier. Harvest helps to replace timesheets. One can export tracked time into the system directly and uses it to bill clients directly.

MeisterTask

MeisterTask has various features like issues and time tracking and one can collaborate both with external and internal users. There is no limit on storage, one can exchange files easily. Its project boards are perfect agile methodologies.

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The teams can create Scrum to Kanban and various other forms. Communication is also very easy. It has unlimited projects and users offers, and can be used on iPads and iPhone and gives lets you integrate with any of these GitHub, Dropbox, Google Drive  and Zendesk two at a time.

GanttProject

GanttProject is project management and scheduling tool and is open source. The system can generate PERT and Gantt charts and reports in PDF and HTML format, and have time and scheduling management tools. The system lets users create a structured schedule for a project. It has task assignment option.

Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects have a number of features and its interface is compared to Facebook layout. Zoho is for Waterfall projects, having options of Gantt chart, and allows users to set milestones and tasks. Zoho also has scrutinized reporting and timesheets features. Zoho can have unlimited users with 10MB storage limit as the free version.

There are a number of project management solutions available, better choose any to have hustle free activities and devote your time to something productive for your business.

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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