Inbox dread. We’ve all experienced it. After a weekend away, or even a lunch break, and you dread seeing your inbox filled again. Researchers at Carleton University recently reported business professionals now spend one third of their time at the office, and HALF of the time they work at home in their inbox. 30% of the time the emails were not important or urgent. That’s 11.7 hours spent at work and 5.3 hours at home — every week. I don’t know about you but I would gladly spend those 17 hours NOT in my inbox. Not only is it a drain on time it’s a drain on energy.
Asana Timeline – Asana has introduced Timeline, a tool that helps you map out a project and hit deadlines. Timeline will provide a living view of how all the pieces of a project fit together. Teams will have a way to map out project plans, share plans and adjust as needed to keep work on track and meet goals. For projects with a lot of moving pieces and deadlines, viewing in Timeline can help everyone see timing or dependency conflicts and if the project is moving forward. Timeline makes it easy to make updates and changing deadlines is as easy as dragging and dropping tasks. With the rollout of this new feature to Asana Premium users, all projects now have a built in Timeline view to help you map out your plan.
Sway is a new digital storytelling app from Microsoft Office that makes it easy to create and share interactive reports, presentations, and more. Users can add text and pictures or even import content from other sources and let Sway create the rest. You won’t be limited to standard boring templates or need graphic designs skills to transform content because Sway has a built-in design engine to make your creation look it’s very best. If you aren’t quite happy with the initial design it is easy to apply another or fully customize one of your own. Sharing your creations is easy and privacy settings allow you control over what is shared. Sway is free to use for anyone with a Microsoft account (Hotmail, Live or Outlook), with more sophisticated Sways available with Office 365 subscription.
Drag is an app that organizes your inbox and transforms your Gmail into organized lists like Trello. Designed to be super-simple, clean, and self-explanatory with features such as customized columns, notes, checklists and team boards. It's all easy to use and in a really clean way. Drag doesn't want to override the way you use Gmail but instead support the current way you use Gmail. The app enables you to visually map your workflow, drag and drop your emails between stages; To Do, Doing and Done until they’re complete. It makes the hours spent in your inbox a whole lot easier and more organized. https://www.dragapp.com/