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Top 5 Project Management Tools for Creative Agencies

Top 5 Project Management Tools for Creative Agencies

When a team at a creative agency is working on a project, they want to worry about the project itself, and not all of the little details that go into managing it. But, project management is an important aspect of any project, and it must be done. So, why not find the best tools that will help make this job a whole lot easier? To get you started, we have compiled a list of the top five project management tools for creative agencies.

1. Paymo

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    You don’t have to be a project manager to be able to easily take on project management when you are using Paymo. This project management software allows you to take total control over projects so you know everyone is working together and getting things done. You can use Paymo’s many features, which include task management, task assignments, project templates, project planning, progress visual Kanban boards, bird’s eye view of all projects, milestones, and detailed project data. This is going to make project management easier than ever, and you and your team will have a lot more time to concentrate on the tasks rather than managing them.

    2. Wrike

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      Use this tool to get real-time information about everything that your team is involved with. You can create reports that allow you to track the performance of your team, track projects and more, and you just have to click on one button to do it. Wrike is ideal for marketing teams, creative teams, project management teams and product development teams that want to take their work to the next level. Your team will have more control over their time, less stress, and be more connected to one another so everyone always knows what is going on in the project, and what needs to be done in order to make it successful.

      3. Workamajig

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        Here is the best project management software for those working in the creative industry. It can be used both for agencies and for in-house teams, and it is used by some of the foremost creative teams in the world. Use this tool to collaborate on one platform, get accurate data, do away with negative input, improve staff and management visibility, create in-depth reports, and see better returns on investments. This is an all-in-one solution for creative teams that want to spend less time on project management details and more time on actually getting more projects successfully completed.

        4. LiquidPlanner

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          This is a tool that allows you to create realistic project schedules for your team. Use LiquidPlanner to schedule multiple projects, track time, collaborate and communicate, schedule the appropriate amount of time for various tasks, and more. This tool is safe and easy to use, and can be used on all mobile devices. This is the tool that technology teams need to have in order to have the speed and accuracy they need. You can request a demo, or try it out now with a free trial. There is nothing to lose, so take a few minutes to see how you can make scheduling a lot easier.

          5. Asana

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            No matter how big or small your organization is, you can benefit from using Asana. This tool lets you track projects from beginning to end, and it makes project tracking easier than ever. Asana is easy to use. If you are able to create an email list, you will have no problem using this tool. You can get started for free, so it really is worth checking out. Every member of your team will be able to get a clear and concise picture of what is going on at any given time throughout projects, so they know what has been done, and what still needs to be done.

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            13 Science-Backed Ways To Improve Your Memory

            13 Science-Backed Ways To Improve Your Memory

            Life is made up of memories – what you have seen, heard and done; and what you’re going to do. Every bit of information you take in is only useful if you can remember it at the right time. So, how can you improve your memory?

            There are many scientific theories and observations on how memories work. These theories provide us with an understanding of how feelings, routine, context and recollection affect our memories. And here are some tips backed by the scientific insights for improving memory.

            1. Method of Loci

            Method of Loci is a popular mnemonic technique that helps you recollect a large amount of information.[1] It works by utilizing your spatial and navigational skills as you basically envision your memories as part of a geographical entity. This is the technique that the famous fictional detective Sherlock calls as his Mind Palace.

            This method is extremely useful when you are preparing for a speech or an exam. Here is how you can make use of it:

            • Visualize a space you are most familiar with. It could be your home, your favorite park or your school.
            • Construct the rooms, shelves, furniture and everything inside it in your mind.
            • Imagine yourself keeping the items you want to remember in each of the rooms or in places.
            • Next time you want to remember something, walk through room by room to recall what you placed there.

            Repeating this exercise has proven to be a great way of remembering loads of information with ease.

            You can learn more about this method in this article: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

            2. Acronyms

            Acronyms are proven to be very effective in memorizing a group of words. Research has shown that our brains are better at retrieving things when we associate meaning to them.[2] This is why recollecting a single meaningful word or phrase is easy compared to trying to remember a list of words.

            For instance, to memorize the directions on the compass, you can use the acronym NEWS (North, East, West, and South); or, when you want to remember the Great Lakes basin, you can make us of the acronym HOME (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior) etc.

            Make up your own acronyms to the list of things you want to remember. all you need to do is list the things that you want to memorize and arrange them in an order such that the first letter of each word spells a real word.

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            3. Rhyming

            There is a reason why rhymes are still a popular way to teach kids. Because our brains are good at acoustic encoding which means – breaking down sound structures.[3] We can easily remember stuff when they sound similar.

            The peg method can help you out. You first need to memorize the list in the exact order given below:

            one = bun

            two = shoe

            three= tree

            four = door

            five = hive

            six = sticks

            seven = heaven

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            eight = gate

            nine = vine

            ten = hen

            After you have memorized this list, now connect the first word to bun, second word to shoe, and so on. This will help you in making a memorable connection.

            Another way is to construct rhymes on the information you want to remember. For instance, if you want to remember that Mr. Jones runs a real-estate business, you can remember him with a rhyme – Mr. Jones from Homes.

            Although this may seem a bit weird and funny, this method will help you in memorizing the stuff better.

            4. Linking

            This is a useful technique to help you stay sharp in many everyday scenarios like remembering shopping lists. This is a visualization and association technique where you associate meanings to visual imagery. However, it is important to ensure that the images stored in your mind are as vivid as possible.

            For instance, if you want to remember a set of items, just link them up in a story. Let’s say that you want to remember the South England countries – Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, , Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Somerset, Surrey, and Wiltshire.

            You can link all these countries in the form of a story. An AVON lady is looking for a house. She is sweating and thirsty due to high SUMMER (Somerset). In the way, she came across a giant CORN (Cornwall), but it is about to WILT (Wiltshire) in the heart. She reaches the house and knocks on the DOOR (Dorset), which is attended by the DEVIL (Devon).

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            She enters inside and found that a servant is seasoning the HAM (Hampshire), and everything looks extremely GLOSSY (Gloucestershire). Frightened of the whole atmosphere, the lady says SORRY (Surrey) and returns back to her path.

            5. Chunking

            Very few people bother to remember phone numbers by heart nowadays. But what if you lose your contacts and need a way to recollect those long numbers? This memory technique will be handy in those situations.

            Chunking is basically breaking down the information into smaller pieces that are easy to remember. Start with a small number say 379372518. Break it to three chunks 378 372 518. This will help you remember better. Improve your skills every day by trying to remember more numbers this way.

            6. Write It Down

            Writing activates your brain cells and stimulates your reticular activating system (RAS).[4] So whenever you are trying to learn something, try writing it down. Review what you have written and test yourself.

            You can also hand draw memory maps to further develop your memorization power.

            7. Be Busy

            Repeat all your brain exercises regularly and keep testing yourself to get better. A recent study revealed that our brain needs to be busy to keep itself fit as well.[5]

            Test yourself repeatedly if you want to retain the correct information for the longest time.

            Take walks or indulge in some physical activities as well. Research shows that healthy people who exercise regularly have better memories than those who don’t.

            8. Give Yourself a Good Sleep

            Sleeping is very much necessary if you want to be good at memory. A tired body that lacks sleep will not be able to recollect or retain information effectively. So rest well and make sure your body and mind are rejuvenated every day.

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            9. Eat Healthily

            Try to include more vegetables and fruits into your diet to improve memory. A study conducted by Harvard medical school backs this as well. Scientists believe that the antioxidants and vitamins from vegetables and fruits help to reduce oxidative stress in the brain and help battle age-related memory issues.[6]

            Learn about the brain foods you should include in your diet: 12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

            10. Play Video Games and Brain Training Apps

            Now here is a fun way to improve memory. Playing video games may not seem the best way to study for an exam but, regular video game playing can actually improve certain memory-associated regions of the brain. Studies have shown that video games helps in total knowledge recall and can reduce dementia risk.[7]

            Considering the benefits, maybe you can make brain training apps a regular pastime or something to do on your breaks.

            11. Think of the Ways in Which Things Relate to You

            According to a recent research, you can boost your memory considerably by contemplating why the information is important to you.[8] This signals your brain to convert the short-term memories into the long-term ones, thus helping you remember effortlessly.

            12. Exercise Regularly

            You might not see this coming but people who exercise daily, whether it be leisurely walking, have better memories when compared to their counterparts who do no physical activity.[9]

            13. Don’t Just Memorize But Also Pay Attention to Essence

            Although practice makes perfect, this might not necessarily be true when it comes to boosting memory. Scientists have found that while repetitive practice could help you in remembering things, you might miss on the bigger picture.[10]

            That’s indeed true. Do you remember that one presentation when you memorized everything by heart without giving much thought to it? What happened next? Someone interrupted in between and you were not able to recall anything again!

            Thus, rote repetition will not do any good. You need to complement repetition by a proper understanding of the finer details.

            Bottom Line

            Sharpening your memory is not rocket science. All you need to do is follow the fun and simple ways mentioned above, and eat right to boost your brain health!

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