We know how hard it is to juggle everything on your list. And everything that is....not on your list.
There's social media, product meetings, sales meetings, marketing meetings, meetings for meetings, basic operations of the business (someone has to order shipping supplies!), and don't forget to leave time to be inspired, connect with your customers, stay up to date on the latest Instagram algorithm (oooooffffff) annnd breathe.
But, remember this is what it is all about! No, not the algorithm but the process, the journey, and the everyday basics of being a maker or small business owner. There is a sweetness in the work even on the hardest of days, don't you think? We're still firm believers in working smarter and not harder, though, and having a day off when we can so, we put together a list of three simple tools to help improve your workflow.
So, let's vow to stress a little bit less this year and enjoy the blooming opportunities and ideas ahead.
Slack - Think of Slack as your team communication and collaboration app. It offers capabilities to share files, organize your team and connect them when needed, archive and index past discussions, fine-tune your notifications (helllooo do not disturb!), and it can even predict the messages that matter to you the most. Where Slack really shines is its third-party app integration. You can get alerts on employee time sheets, integrate MailChimp and receive alerts about new subscribers or watch your payments on Stripe. There are only a few of us on the Makers Workshop team and we use Slack constantly throughout the week. If you don't think Slack is right for you and your team, we suggest checking out Workplace by Facebook — I mean, who doesn't want a way to deploy custom bots to take care of everyday tasks!
Asana - This one is for all the list makers. Asana is a web and mobile app that helps teams organize their work, projects and to-dos. You can keep tabs on your project management by assigning tasks to specific team members, setting due dates and outlining details for more complex projects. To really simplify things, you can set up an extension for Chrome and quickly add tasks OR if you're on Slack, you can integrate Asana to keep your team updated on your project progress. This will be your new favorite accountability partner.
Evernote - Evernote is still at the top for us when it comes to note taking and daily organizing. This cloud-based app helps you store receipts, edit and tag documents, create multiple notes and notebooks for easier sorting and save that stack of business cards (one of our favorite features). You can add tags to all of your notes; the main navigation lets you view and search your notebooks by tags. But, where Evernote really shines is in it's web-clipping capabilities. It's an extension for your browser that allows you to save images, select text, or full pages, and save or share them with others. You can also add tags to your clips as well! Here's our pro-tip: use the Evernote scanner while you are on the go to take a photo of all of your receipts and file them away into a 2018 expenses notebook. You won't have to worry about the receipts fading or spilling your coffee on them!
We're all in this together. It's one of the beautiful things we love about this maker community. So, if you have any other tips or tricks you would like to share, let us know!
And if any of these tools work for you, we would love to hear about it.