Some of you might not know that I rarely read or watch any news regarding politics or any other issue. My daily ‘news’ portals are Mashable, TechCrunch, The Guardian Technology and thesun.co.uk for sports updates. As you can imagine, I just log onto twitter and view the lists of what I want to read and other social media sites. If there is any important news, I will find out about it from one of my friends or followers.
Today, I noticed a very funny picture from a friend of mine on Facebook – I have removed the caption 🙂
A few minutes later, he posted another image (see below) with an informative headline, of course. I noticed it and then read an article on a local website to find out more about the strike.
The aim of this blog is to help you to increase your productivity. For the past few years, both internally and with our overseas clients in the United Kingdom and Russia, we have used web platforms as a means of communication. Web based. There are many to choose from and you really have to try them out to find a good fit for your company. Here are some of my suggestions.
Last year we conducted some of our Cyprus-based client meetings online. Not because either myself or any of our fabulous team members are too lazy to leave our offices, but because it is more productive. For example, if I have a meeting in Limassol, I would need roughly one hour to drive there and another 15 minutes for small-talk and a coffee, which means that I would have to allocate over two hours to traveling, in addition to the one hour needed for a productive meeting. If, let’s say, three people from vivid network went to the meeting, we would effectively ‘lose’ 2.5 hours x3. Are you with me?
Okay, now imagine you have organized an online meeting, if necessary all vivid network staff can be on-hand as they will be online in their offices (this never happens because the design and development department are always focused on their current projects).
So my point is, meetings in your town, abroad or in another town can be done online. You can have live camera sharing with your client, partner, etc and send files, presentations, a report, anything. And vice versa of course.
With this issue fresh in your mind, you have an opportunity to stay in your office and arrange an online meeting. It will take you around 10 minutes to create a demo account or pay for a service, which can cost between $10 to $100, depending on your needs.
And there is always Skype in the worst case scenario.
Here are some web tools that you can check out to improve your internal and external communication and productivity. It can save you time, printing and even emails.
1. www.Wrike.com – A project management web based tool for everyone. Assign tasks, projects, invite your team and partners.
3. www.webex.com – Online meetings in HD video. Cisco Webex provides you with a training center and support center. You can even have a meeting on an iPhone (you can use it on a Mac or a PC).
4. www.ClickMeeting.com – Online meetings made easy. ClickMeeting provides you with a support and learning center as well. You can also download it as an application on your iPad, Android and Blackberry. No need to install any software. Prices are good as well, up to 5 attendees per meeting is only 10 EUR per month.
5. www.GoToMeeting.com – GoToMeeting provides all the features mentioned above. You can ‘test drive’ it for free with a demo account. It provides mobile applications as well.
6. ToDoList.com – This is a web tool, that I recommend for personal use rather than business. It’s a very simple app that enables you to have everything online, mobile or as a plug in. And yes, it’s free.
I don’t have any ‘favorite’ tools, because at the end of the day that is what alexnovicov.com is selling (me). Other tools are for other companies. It depends on your needs.
Hope this article helps you with your productivity. Take action.