Over the past few months I’ve seen a few start-up companies fail. They fail because of many reasons, but the one thing consistent amongst each of them is their inability to organize and make sure everyone is one the right track, working towards the same goals for the same timeline. In other words… no one had a clear understanding of what the other was doing.
I’ve been there, felt the same way and know what its like to feel like you’ve wasted time, are on the wrong tracks or are hacking away at something and not seeing results. It sucks. The biggest tip I could give anyone feeling this way is organize your to-do list amongst the team, prioritize, hold each other accountable and set timelines.
Trello is the to-do list extraordinaire. I use it everyday, and I know quite a few start-up companies that do as well. Its just unbelievable. Even if you are a consultant you can create different boards for different projects, create different organizations for each client… you can even put it all on a beautiful little calendar that can be exported to your everyday calendar, easily shared and/or printed. I mean really.. what more can you ask for?
There are also other companies like Any.Do. I tried this one as well, it did the job but I find it a lot more complex and more complicated than I needed. Sometimes I like the abundance of options, other times I just want a piece of technology to do one thing, and do it well . Any.Do just had too much going on. Having said that, if you like all the options, want to play around with the software for a while and really figure out how you can use it to maximize the benefits … I encourage you! (and then please let me know how you decided to do this).
It’s really not about what software you used so much as HOW you use it. When you invest the time in finding your process and how you want to organize with your team, you will see such a big difference. Seriously, I really feel like success depends on organization and perfect execution of your to-do’s.
I found my way… and I’ll never go back.