Whether you own a business, are a freelancer, managing a website, or just have a lot on your plate, it's always great to have a way to keep track of what you are doing in life or business. From a small to-do list to a full blown project management suite, we can benefits from keeping things in order. I don't know what you are trying to manage, but I want to help you get things done.
What is the best way to get things done?
Have a plan
I heard it said, “If you aim for nothing, you'll hit it every time”. That statement is TRUE! How can you, your business, or your website move forward if you don't have a set course? You need to find a course and move forward. Whether it's business goals, web goals, or personal goals, you need to have a plan to accomplish items and move forward.
Plan the work...work the plan
Another great quote on getting things done, “Nothing works until I do”. So, you have dreams of accomplishing great tasks, you have the plan, now what? Work the plan! That simple. Start working on your goals and projects.
That is really the key to getting things done, simply find out what you want to do, plan it out, and do it. That's how we do it at VivaNet2.0. We have meeting, figure out what we need to do, set goals, and then accomplish the goals in a systematic order. We manage all of this in what is known as project management software.
There are two types of project management software suites that we enjoy, which are web based:
Enough about what an online based project management suite is, lets see what's out there!
This is the software we currently use for Vivanet2.0 and it is great! Not only does it manage your projects, but it is a full blown CRM. If you get the entire package you can:
Next in line in another third party project management suite that has great prices. You can create an entire set of projects for under id="mce_marker"00 year! You can add users, assign tasks, create goals and much more!
This is a free online based to do list package. I personally use this for family goals and items I need to do. For my wife, it's my “honey-do” list. Basically, it's things I do for my honey (Love you Eileen!) You can create to-do lists, add tags, insert notes, invite people to lists, and more...all for free!
This is a free, open source project management suite that you host on your own server. What works best for me is to create a subdomain like “projects.domainname.com” and install it on that. I have personally used this for church projects that I manage (I am a geek by day, and a pastor by night). This work great for events, involving members, created tasks with deadlines, and so forth. It's easy to use, free, but you have to manage it your self, if that's what you are comfortable with.
This too is free, open source, and self hosted. The only difference is that it is based on the blogging platform, WordPress. In WordPress, you can add custom themes, thus, adding this plugin will allow you brand/customize your project management suite. You can do like the rest: assign tasks, create to-do lists, add projects, create goals with deals, and much more.
This is where it all started for me. I didn't know much about programming and I was too broke to buy into third party project management suites. I used the simple calender offered in gmail, told it to remind me via email and added tasks. This is still something I use because I personally use gmail personally in in work. Since I have my gmail open all day long, it's easy to create a to-do list. I figured I'd throw them in, since many projects of mine have been completed through their software.