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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 July 13, 2020

How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

Overwhelm is a pernicious state largely caused by the ever-increasing demands on our time and the distractions that exist all around us. It creeps up on us and can, in its extreme form, leave us feeling anxious, stressed and exhausted.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, here are 6 strategies you can follow that will reduce the feeling of overwhelm; leaving you calmer, in control and a lot less stressed.

1. Write Everything down to Offload Your Mind

The first thing you can do when you begin to feel overwhelmed is to write everything down that is on your mind.

Often people just write down all the things they think they have to do. This does help, but a more effective way to reduce overwhelm is to also write down everything that’s on your mind.

For example, you may have had an argument with your colleague or a loved one. If it’s on your mind write it down. A good way to do this is to draw a line down the middle of the page and title one section “things to do” and the other “what’s on my mind”.

The act of writing all this down and getting it out of your head will begin the process of removing your feeling of overwhelm. Writing things down can really change your life.

2. Decide How Long It Will Take to Complete Your To-Dos

Once you have ‘emptied your head,’ go through your list and estimate how long it will take to complete each to-do.

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As you go through your list, you will find quite a few to-dos will only take you five or ten minutes. Others will take longer, often up to several hours.

Do not worry about that at this stage. Just focus on estimating how long you will need to complete each task to the best of your ability. Here’s How to Cultivate a More Meaningful To Do List.

3. Take Advantage of Parkinson’s Law

Now here’s a little trick I learned a long time ago. Parkinson’s Law states that work will fill the time you have available to complete it, and us humans are terrible at estimating how long something will take:((Odhable: Genesis of Parkinson’s Law))

    This is why many people are always late. They think it will only take them thirty minutes to drive across town when previous experience has taught them it usually takes forty-five minutes to do so because traffic is often bad but they stick to the belief it will only take thirty minutes. It’s more wishful thinking than good judgment.

    We can use Parkinson’s Law to our advantage. If you have estimated that to write five emails that desperately need a reply to be ninety minutes, then reduce it down to one hour. Likewise, if you have estimated it will take you three hours to prepare your upcoming presentation, reduce it down to two hours.

    Reducing the time you estimate something will take gives you two advantages. The first is you get your work done quicker, obviously. The second is you put yourself under a little time pressure and in doing so you reduce the likelihood you will be distracted or allow yourself to procrastinate.

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    When we overestimate how long something will take, subconsciously our brains know we have plenty of time and so it plays tricks on us and we end up checking reviews of the Apple Watch 4 or allow our colleagues to interrupt us with the latest office gossip.

    Applying a little time pressure prevents this from happening and we get more focused and more work done.

    4. Use the Power of Your Calendar

    Once you have your time estimates done, open up your calendar and schedule your to-dos. Go through your to-dos and schedule time on your calendar for doing those tasks. Group tasks up into similar tasks.

    For emails that need attention on your to-do list, schedule time on your calendar to deal with all your emails at once. Likewise, if you have a report to write or a presentation to prepare, add these to your calendar using your estimated time as a guide for how long each will take.

    Seeing these items on your calendar eases your mind because you know you have allocated time to get them done and you no longer feel you have no time. Grouping similar tasks together keeps you in a focused state longer and it’s amazing how much work you get done when you do this.

    5. Make Decisions

    For those things you wrote down that are on your mind but are not tasks, make a decision about what you will do with each one. These things are on your mind because you have not made a decision about them.

    If you have an issue with a colleague, a friend or a loved one, take a little time to think about what would be the best way to resolve the problem. More often than not just talking with the person involved will clear the air and resolve the problem.

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    If it is a more serious issue, then decide how best to deal with it. Talk to your boss, a colleague and get advice.

    Whatever you do, do not allow it to fester. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. You need to make a decision to deal with it and the sooner you do so the sooner the problem will be resolved. (You can take a look at this guide on How To Make Good Decisions All The Time.)

    I remember long ago, when I was in my early twenties and had gone mad with my newly acquired credit cards. I discovered I didn’t have the money to pay my monthly bills. I worried about it for days, got stressed and really didn’t know what to do. Eventually, I told a good friend of mine of the problem. He suggested I called the credit card company to explain my problem. The next day, I plucked up the courage to call the company, explained my problem and the wonderful person the other end listened and then suggested I paid a smaller amount for a couple of months.

    This one phone call took no more than ten minutes to make, yet it solved my problem and took away a lot of the stress I was feeling at the time. I learned two very valuable lessons from that experience:

    The first, don’t go mad with newly acquired credit cards! And the second, there’s always a solution to every problem if you just talk to the right person.

    6. Take Some Form of Action

    Because overwhelm is something that creeps up on us, once we feel overwhelmed (and stressed as the two often go together), the key is to take some form of action.

    The act of writing everything down that is bothering you and causing you to feel overwhelmed is a great place to start. Being able to see what it is that is bothering you in a list form, no matter how long that list is, eases the mind. You have externalized it.

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    It also means rather than these worries floating around in a jumbled mess inside your head, they are now visible and you can make decisions easier about what to do about them. Often it could be asking a colleague for a little help, or it could be you see you need to allocate some focused time to get the work done. The important thing is you make a decision on what to do next.

    Overwhelm is not always caused by a feeling of having a lack of time or too much work, it can also be caused by avoiding a decision about what to do next.

    The Bottom Line

    Make a decision, even if it is to just talk to someone about what to do next. Making a decision about how you will resolve something on its own will reduce your feelings of overwhelm and start you down the path to a resolution one way or another.

    When you follow these strategies to can say goodbye to your overwhelm and gain much more control over your day.

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