There are lots of tools to help you manage projects and communicate with team members. I’ve used a lot of them.
But Basecamp is the best. It’s simple but powerful. It’s easy to use but comprehensive. And it replaces 5-6 other things.
Here are some ways you can use it.
- Create projects that involve only the relevant people, even of those people are outside of your organization.
- Ping team members instead of texting them. This will help you separate work from friends and family and help you create balance and limits.
- Group chat around the “campfire.” This is a great place for chit-chat and quick conversations with everyone…similar to hallway conversations. It’s a MUST if you need to communicate with people who are not in the same office.
- Ask automatic questions like what are you reading, what did you do this weekend, where are you stuck at intervals you decide.
- Create a to-do list and manage action steps in one place. You can see your tasks, but also all of the tasks related to the project.
- Have threaded discussions on relevant projects….everyone can chime in or get quick context.
- Keep your important work stuff out of people’s inboxes, where there are 50% off sales and forwarded conspiracy theories.
- Keep documents (including Google docs) connected to relevant projects and easily accessible by everyone on the project.
- All of this happens in one app, one website and one app. Chat, project details, discussions, pings…all organized and connected.