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  • Why checklists can make you smarter

    • By jennifer
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    • Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    What if you could take one simple action today that would relinquish your fear of neglecting the most important things while liberating your brain to create and improve where you need it most? Sounds pretty revolutionary, right? Well, it’s not. It’s just the simple checklist.

    Checklists might be the most basic form of task management, but they’re also one of the most powerful. In his best-selling book “The Checklist Manifesto: How To get Things Right,” Atul Gawande reveals how the humble checklist can transform our increasingly complex lives.

    It turns out that almost every industry is suffering from the same “oops, I did it again” syndrome. People with great ability and motivation are repeatedly dropping the ball over and again in seemingly basic tasks. Gawande consoles us that this dropped ball behavior is a result of how much we have to juggle these days, but sternly warns us that unless addressed, it won’t get better. He postures that checklists can give our brains the clear-cut structure they crave and can assist us in other ways, such as:

    1.    Make us smarter and more disciplined decision makers
    2.    Facilitate a culture of discipline and teamwork
    3.    Ensure that the repetitive stuff gets done and out of the way

    I would add to this the feeling of satisfcation that checking something off a list creates. It’s somehow comforting and motivating at the same time.

    So, here at Tracky, we’ve heeded this sage advice and more importantly, our user’s feedback, to reimagine how subtracks are displayed in Tracky. We created a checklist view of your subtracks.

    Hello, Checklist View!

    Tracky checklistsThis new format offers a few visual cues about your subtracks:

    • Calendar icon: Red means it's overdue, orange means that it's coming due and grey is due in more than seven days.
    • Chats and files: Icons will appear to the left of the subtrack if there are any discussions or files included.
    • Checkbox: You can quickly check off an item in the checkbox area.
    • On hover: Mouse over the subtrack title to bring up the edit and delete icons.

    Also, even though there isn't a visual cue, you can easily re-order your subtracks. Just click and hold the subtrack you want to move and drag it before or after other subtracks.

    As you complete tasks, you can check them off from this "list" view or within each subtrack ("Mark Complete").

    Subtracks still function the same, but now you get that quick-win feeling of "checking things off" as you progress through your to do list or project.

    Make Each Day Better with Today's To Do List

    jen daily to do listQuick tip? At the end of each day, make a list of tomorrow’s tasks. Get those pesky to do's out of your head so you can sleep better and quickly get into a productivity zone the next morning.

    My advice is to create a master “Daily To Do List” track, and then a subtrack for each day. Use Tracky's “Add a subtrack” feature to quickly add in your tasks for the day. Then, enjoy the feeling as you check off those items throughout the day.

    Hey, it can be as simple as reminding yourself to take a break, say a nice word to someone or do some personal affirmations.

    The point is: define what’s most important in your life and make a checklist out of it. Your brain will be freer, smarter and you’re bound to become a more productive person.

    How about you - do checklists motivate you to get more done?

  • Stay on top of your social productivity: Tracky now integrated with Buffer

    • By sarah
    • |
    • Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Post by Sarah Evans, Tracky's Chief Evangelist


    We’re celebrating social collaboration news in the Tracky HQ today. Why? Tracky now works with our favorite social sharing platform,
    Buffer. Go team!


    Buffer lets you schedule social content and post it via your favorite social networks, like Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. Fill up your Buffer once a day (or as you’d like) and they automatically post for you at a time your prefer. Spreading out your social posts increases the likelihood your content will be re-shared and liked by more people in your networks.

    This means Tracky is now the most fun online organization, collaboration and productivity platform you'll ever use.

    Why use the Buffer + Tracky combo? Simple. People become authoritative by sharing what they’re getting done. If you’re trying to find new, innovative ways to share content or celebrate what you’re getting done, this is it. By making a track public and sharing it online you allow others to see what you’re working on, additional discussions and files related to what you’re working on.

    For example, let’s say you have an event coming up and you’re looking for speakers, attendees, sponsors, etc... You can plan and promote the entire thing right in Tracky. (Want to know how? We’ll give you a demo that will change your world. Email sarah@tracky.com.)

    There’s a lot of other cool perks to the integration, like:


    Here’s how it easy it is to share:

    Once you click the “Share with Buffer” link in the drop down box, you may be prompted to make your information public. This means your information is currently marked as “private” or “secret” and cannot be viewed by anyone outside of Tracky.
    If you decide to share your information publicly, you’ll see a Buffer dialogue box where you can edit your message and schedule it to post to social networks you integrate with the platforms.

    Not familiar with Buffer and want more info? Cool. You can check them out here or you can always tweet co-founder Leo Widrich @leowid.

    Try Tracky out for free today!

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