The one thing taken for granted in any job description is teamwork. Irrespective of what industry you work in, a large amount of your professional life will necessarily involve working in and with a team, which means a great deal of co-ordination, progress tracking and various other collaborative activities. And very often, most of this teamwork happens over a number of tools-email, phone, Skype and other networking software.
Sometimes this tends to get complicated, especially if you’re using different means of communicating with different teammates and departments. But as with most work related activities, there is an app that helps to streamline the workflow, making teamwork easier and more effective.
- My preferred app for this purpose is Asana. It’s a very handy Freemium tool that allows you to organize projects, assign tasks, co-ordinates and communicate, track progress and even discuss work and specific aspects with colleagues. In short, it’s the all-in-one teamwork application
- To get started, visit the website mentioned above and download the application. Once that’s done, you’ll receive a confirmation email, which you’ll need to access in order to finalize the setup of your Asana account.
- The next step is to connect with your teammates and set up your projects. Asana is particularly easy to use in this regard, because if you use your work email to set it up, it automatically syncs in anyone who uses the same email domain, which literally reduces the often tedious process of setting up your network into just a few clicks.
- Once you’ve set up your Asana account, you can being managing your projects and collaborations with teammates. The first thing to keep in mind when you log in is the control panel on the left. From here you can keep tracks of specific tasks, as well as communication and specific discussions with individual team members as required.
- Discussions are a hugely important part of any teamwork, and Asana gives them the due importance they merit. The discussions page not only enables you to keep track of them, but also notifies team members as and when discussions come up. The app even reduces distractions by limiting notification to replies to ongoing discussions.
- On the right of your Asana screen, you’ll notice a few tabs. These give you the option of actually syncing tasks to your calendar to ensure you’re on track with deadline and timelines, as well as send inbox where you can view all correspondence and communication associated with specific tasks and projects.
- There are a number of other features too, most of which you’ll find yourself picking up almost intuitively as you use the application. All in all, Asana is a hugely useful work management and teamwork app. Once you get the hang of it, you might even wonder how you ever managed without it. I did!