Getting lost in the minutia? Not as awesome as it sounds.


Starting a new project can often bring you a plethora of ideas, inspirations, tools, tips, etc. But, how do you keep all that information organized and prevent anything from getting lost among the chaos? Here are three organizational tools and how they can help you organize all those little bits and pieces that go into any project.



1. Slack


Slack is collaboration software that facilitates discussions with colleagues who might not be in the same place at the same time. It keeps your team on the same page and organizes all communication into channels that can be arranged by project, topic, team, or whatever structure that makes the most sense. Conversations in Slack are also searchable by everyone, which lets you access team knowledge and find information when you need it. Slack also integrates with several other apps and services that might already be in use, such as Google Drive, DropBox, Asana, Clickup, GitHub and Twitter, to only name a few.



2. Trello


Trello is a visual collaboration tool that creates digital “sticky notes” arranged in columns on a virtual board, as though it were the communal office whiteboard. Each of those sticky notes can contain photos, attachments from other data sources like BitBucket or Salesforce, documents, or generally be a place to comment and collaborate with your teammates. These columns and sticky notes can represent whatever makes the most sense to the specific project or team. As work progresses, these sticky notes move from one column to another to reflect the actual workflow. In a single glance, Trello can reflect what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process via a simple, clean interface that is quite intuitive. Not only can Trello be accessed from the web, but there are desktop and mobile applications to connect team members no matter where they are located.



3. Google Drive


Google Drive is an online file storage and document editing service for individuals and teams. Whether spreadsheets, documents or presentations, the same material can be accessed and edited simultaneously by multiple people. This online real-time collaboration allows each team member to develop ideas and plans individually, share with the group instantly, and receive feedback immediately. Google Drive is not only accessible online via a web browser, but also through apps with offline capabilities for Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS devices.



Sara McCombs is a freelance writer, aspiring full-stack developer, business owner, and dedicated mother.


After obtaining two degrees in agriculture, Sara has followed her interests and pursued every opportunity to learn and grow.


When she’s not chasing her daughter around outside, she enjoys a good book, an Americano, and the company of her husband and dogs.



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