Unlike “traditional” workplaces, campaigns and advocacy organizations must adapt on a dime.
Due to this disbursement of staff, you should consider deploying a few productivity tools to produce higher output and quality of work.
Productivity tools: a necessary evil
If you have any experience with productivity tools, you’ll know first hand that the requirement to use an external tool to track projects and work can be challenging. On an individual level, people become lazy about logging their tasks. But nothing is more annoying than setting these tools up.
Fortunately, the internet has provided the modern workplace with a slew of easy-to-deploy and easy-to-use productivity tools. Most task management applications, workplace chat apps, and collaboration tools are simple to use–once your team is educated.
An example: Slack and streamlining the workplace
Using a tool like Slack, a popular work chat, alongside a workplace collaboration app can steadily wean an organization away from continually emailing each other. Slack is a wonderful app for dispersed teams because it allows for quick contact via its instant messaging basis. Without having to jump on a conference or video call, teams can plan and agree on a new initiative or adjust critical strategies through its text-based approach to collaboration.
Whether you’re chatting from your phone or a desktop, Slack syncs across various platforms so that you don’t miss any mentions. The tool is integrated with several external platforms and software (e.g., Google Docs, Twitter, etc.).
Four productivity apps you should use for your campaign
Consider these four productivity apps to run your campaign more efficiently and streamline work.
- Slack – Slack is one of the most popular — and useful — collaboration tools for teams. It is popular among communications and marketing departments and dispersed workforces. With free options and scalable pricing, Slack could change how your organization communicates internally.
- Asana – This tool is what’s known as a project management tool. Using a card and listicle structure, your team can track projects and tasks through a visualized pipeline and project timeline. Asana is free with scalable pricing starting at $9.99 per user per month for the platform’s premium features (e.g., data security, built-in messaging, complex workflows, etc.).
- Boomerang for Gmail – Being a Gmail plugin, it’s free to install with an affordable pricing structure for premium features. The value is realized the moment you start using it. Boomerang allows users to send emails at a later time with its scheduling feature, among other functions that address inbox clutter, reminders, etc.
- Airtable – Airtable is a versatile project management concept with databases, spreadsheets, and task management in mind. For organizations that use Excel or Google spreadsheets to track work pipelines, Airtable is an easy to grasp tool upon launch with a series of customizable fields and archives. Airtable has a generous free plan, with premium plans starting at $10 per user per month (billed annually) and above.
There are scores of other productivity apps on the market. From individual task managers (i.e., Swipes) to collaborative note-taking platforms (i.e., Evernote), the possibilities are endless. Keep in mind that several of these tools can be used together as augmentations or they can be integrated with other vital platforms.
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