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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 January 21, 2020

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

Can I Be Creative?

The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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How Creativity Works

Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

What Really Is Creativity?

Creativity Needs an Intention

Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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Creativity Is a Skill

At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

Start Connecting the Dots

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