Each day throughout the professional ecosphere, the rush of ideas and the sprint to meet deadlines make offices hum with activity. The M2.0 office is no different. Like yours, ours survives because of our team's dedication and our apps.
Productivity apps are a godsend. They assist and streamline many office processes like client servicing and note taking, making office chaos more controllable.
Here are 5 apps that work for us and we hope they work for your busy office too.
When we’re in Singapore or France or generally not in the office, we Skype. Being able to see each other while talking about our projects makes remote work much more natural. Skype is also indispensable when communicating with our international clients. With over 660 million global users, every company we deal with knows the IM application. We use it to get their feedback quickly and improve our campaigns.
Why email, when you can Slack? The application has replaced much of our email use, centralizing internal communication, and making messages and files instantly searchable. It also features integration with other useful apps like Dropbox.
Keeping everyone on the same track in a project used to mean tons of calls and meetings. Not so with Basecamp. The application is a vital tool for project management. The to-do feature makes it easy to assign tasks, set deadlines, communicate with team members, and keep track of what everyone is doing. It allows collaboration without the need of being in the same space. Project threads can also be made accessible to clients for comment, and serve as online project documentation. The app's developers have a kickass blog too.
To understand our clients, we take a lot of notes. While some in our team love the feel of paper, our tech-minded specialists have taken to Evernote. The application is amazing for research work. Our people often create archives of notes and the app makes it easy to access them on any platform. It can even digitize physical notes and back them up to the cloud!
When clients require Gantt charts, we often turn to TeamGantt. The app enables us to schedule projects via drag and drop and print the output as PDFs, saving considerable time and effort.
What do you use at your office to boost your productivity? Tell us in the comments!