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Boards vs. Messaging: Which Time Management App Is Right For You?

July 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Business 2 Community

Every busy executive struggles to get the most out of their daily allotment of 24 hours.

So, what sets the high performers apart from the rest of the pack? Arguably, time management skills.

The most successful executives manage their time effectively by focusing on priority tasks that will lead to more business.

You may be wondering: How do top executives become so brazenly organized? Were they born with time management skills? Do they have access to a literal secret sauce that they pour into their coffee every morning after waking at the crack of dawn to run sprints? More to the point, can any executive rise to the ranks of the truly high-performing?

While I can't speak to questions about genetics or coffee spiking, I can tell you that the last question deserves a resounding, "Yes!" Because it is, in fact, possible for B players to become A players with the right mix of organization, tenacity, and time management best practices.

To be sure, there's no quick fix that will increase executive productivity overnight; no time management app or virtual executive assistant can level you up in an instant. Real life isn't like Limitless, no matter how badly we wish it were. Still, apps (and virtual assistants) can increase an executive's productivity exponentially if they are leveraged effectively.

Below you'll find a list of 9 time management tools along with information about each that will help you decide which user experience is best for you: Messaging vs. Boards.

First, I'll examine the minimum requirements that your time management app of choice needs to have.

  • Feature Rich: apps that provide users with a multitude of features and uses (file sharing, messaging, time tracking, video conferencing, etc) are ideal.
  • Easy Adoption: why use an app if the learning curve is so steep you can hardly stand to look at the logo let alone open the platform? Look for simple navigation options and an intuitive user interface. Also, always request a demo before purchasing so that you and your team can take it for a spin.
  • Private and Public: collaboration is crucial, and so is privacy. You likely have projects that you don't want everyone to see. That's good business. So, make sure apps allow for both private and public sharing.
  • Cloud-based: when no one is dealing with server issues and computer lag times, everyone can be on the same page whether they are in the same office or several time zones away.
  • Integrations and Compatibility: we all use a variety of tools to conduct business in today's hyper-connected business environment. Make sure your most valuable tools (Salesforce, Expensify, etc) integrate with your time management app. Additionally, make sure your file types will be supported. Otherwise, what is the app worth to your team? Read more at

Time Management Apps: BOARDS

1. igloo

You may not know exactly what you're looking for, but you do know a few crucial things: you need a way to communicate, collaborate, and share knowledge across your company. And you're ready to rein in all the apps and time management tools that are supposed to make you more productive, so that you can...well, be productive. Igloo provides digital workplace solutions that connect people, processes, and information to create a more productive and engaged workforce.


2. asana

With a single Asana account, you can create or join multiple Workspaces & Organizations to collaborate with various groups of Asana users. The Workspaces and Organizations that you belong to are their own separate entities, each with their own unique set of people, projects, conversations, dashboards, and tasks. Since each Workspace and Organization are their own separate entities, your colleagues cannot see the other Workspaces or Organizations you belong to, and you can't see theirs.


3. dapulse

A dapulse board is a visually compelling yet simple place to track everything your team is working on, allowing you to instantly see who's working on what and when it will be completed. With dapulse, you're able to easily add tasks, projects, missions, and to-dos that can be assigned to specific teammates to specific tasks or projects.



Forget status update meetings! Trello's boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects with an intuitive drag and drop interface that resembles solitaire. You can add comments, upload attachments, and even use project management frameworks like Agile and Scrum with extreme ease.

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