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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Why The Most Productive People Use Google Chrome Profiles


Do you use Google Chrome? Do you want to change your life?

Watch this video and learn how to create Chrome Profiles, so you never have to log in and out of another account again, save tons of time and easily manage your different activities.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

VIDEO: How Your Team Can Work Together in GQueues


Need an easier way to get your team on the same page?

GQueues Shared Queues enable real-time, collaborative task management with Google-Apps integration. Working on Shared Queues, your team can create meeting agendas, assign tasks and collaborate on projects from any location. Shared Queues also sync with GQueues for iOS and Android, so you can stay updated and work on-the-go.

To improve your team’s productivity, learn how to use GQueues Shared Queues in the video below!




Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Faster Way to Manage Your Tasks in GQueues

Do you want a faster way to manage your tasks?

Watch our new Keyboard Shortcuts tutorial video, where you’ll learn how to perform almost every action in GQueues with simple keyboard commands.

Keyboard shortcuts are not only easy to use; they also improve your productivity, saving you about eight work days per year.

To let go of your mouse and work more efficiently, learn the keyboard shortcuts below!




Thursday, May 28, 2015

How Taking Breaks Improves Your Productivity

To create extraordinary teamwork, you need to shake up your company's daily routine.

This is something I learned from a recent initiative we took at GQueues in Chicago’s 1871 digital startup community. I handle marketing and outreach in the office three days a week and work remotely the rest of the time. Like me, the whole team works across changing schedules, so our challenge is to maximize productivity when we work together.

To help this effort, we started GQueues Creativity Days where once a month, we leave the office to take a break from our normal routine and create new experiences that inspire our work. Yes, it sounds a little cheesy. However, as research shows, taking the occasional field trip with your team can dramatically improve office productivity. At GQueues, we definitely experienced this first-hand.

On Creativity Days, we spend time on activities that are not directly related to our end of week goals. For example, we went to see Sasheer Zamata from SNL and Phil Jackson from Key and Peele perform at the 2015 Chicago Improv Festival. Other entrepreneurs from 1871 also joined us to watch the show, meet the performers and learn about the benefits of improv comedy in business.

Another day, we trekked across downtown Chicago, taking pictures for GQueues’ social media presence. This was not only a fun way to generate content and simultaneously exercise, but also, we got to know each other and became better friends.

As you can tell, our unstructured time together isn't spent idly - rather, it helps us to build mutual trust, the root of collaboration. At the end of each Creativity Day, we are always more comfortable having conversations and sharing ideas. Team members mentioned they are able to focus on their work and collaborate more easily. Since we can better accommodate each other's work styles, we are more productive.

Even between monthly Creativity Days, we fit creative breaks into our weekly schedule. This includes using the treadmill desk, taking a walk by the Chicago River or having lunch with other entrepreneurs to learn about their businesses.

However you like, I’m an advocate for doing creative activities and building friendships within your company. Besides making work more enjoyable, it also presents substantial business benefits. Team members are held more accountable for completing tasks and contribute to a happier, more productive office culture.

OK, enough about us. How do you help your team break out of the ordinary and create truly great work?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Food for the Hungry Boosts Efficiency with GQueues


This blog is part of the GQueues 2015 Customer Success series. Every week through May, we will feature a valued customer’s experience to showcase how their organization increases productivity, collaboration and efficiency using GQueues. To view all the success stories, please visit www.gqueues.com/customers.

Food for the Hungry (FH) is an international Christian relief and development organization providing emergency food supplies, sanitation solutions and leadership training to impoverished villages in 18 countries. Last year, FH helped to establish sanitation programs in over 600 African villages and helped nearly 5,500 children continue attending school.

Sarah Dalrymple, International Employment Services Manager for the organization's HR department in Arizona, noticed that her team struggled to work with employees on different schedules and time zones. She needed a tool to help them organize tasks and improve productivity. In 2009, Dalrymple began using GQueues to organize her work, and liked it so much she asked IT to purchase a business license for her team.

Dalrymple loves the' tagging feature which helps to customize her workflow and group similar tasks. Since integrating GQueues in the office, Dalrymple's team collaborates more effectively and respect everyone's work schedule. As she noted, “GQueues allows our team to accomplish a large volume of work efficiently.”

To learn more about how Food for the Hungry benefits from GQueues, read our full case study here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Bean Life Science Museum Coordinates Educational Shows with GQueues




This blog is part of the GQueues 2015 Customer Success series. Every week through May, we will feature a valued customer’s experience to showcase how their organization increases productivity, collaboration and efficiency using GQueues. To view all the success stories, please visit www.gqueues.com/customers.

The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is located on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah. Founded in 1978, it houses more than 2 million insects, plants, reptiles, birds and fish and attracts over 100,000 visitors every year. Student educators give live animal shows to the public, both on-campus and in local schools.

After the museum transitioned to Google Apps in 2012, Katy Knight, Museum Educational Administrator, needed a task manager that would be easy for both staff and student educators to learn and that would integrate with Google. Knight discovered GQueues and after reading its reviews, decided to use it to coordinate her students’ live animal shows.

Knight’s favorite feature is GQueues’ Calendar integration with text message reminders. Students’ accountability for animal shows has improved since they can now check tasks right from their cell phones.

Overall, GQueues has helped the museum provide higher quality educational shows to the public. “The system we have runs so smoothly that we don’t have to worry about every little show that comes up. We know students will be reminded of their events, which reduces stress,” Knight commented.

To learn more about how the Bean Life Science Museum benefits from GQueues, read the full case study.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015 gCON 360° Conference Recap



We were happy to sponsor last week’s gCON 2015 Conference which offered 15 info-packed sessions designed to help organizations use Google Apps more effectively.

Presentations were led by Googlers and leaders of the Apps ecosystem with topics ranging from data security in the cloud to mobile workforce management to training users more efficiently. If you missed the conference you can still check out the session recordings here.

Today, we also congratulate our gCON 2015 raffle winner James C. of North Carolina, who now has a brand new pair of Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones. Congratulations James, and enjoy the added focus at work!

Thanks to everyone who attended this year’s conference - we look forward to the next one and helping you find the best Google solutions for your team.