Monday, August 23, 2021

Leading a Virtual Team? You Need The Right Work Management Tool for the Job

Leading an online team takes trust and organization

These days, being an effective leader for your virtual team takes more than organizing Google Meet check-ins and sending emails back and forth. It takes trust and organization as a team to get the results you want. But building trust and maintaining productivity from behind a screen is challenging for most managers in today’s world. When your teammates aren’t together in person, how can you make sure everyone stays on top of their work?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The One on One Meeting: An in-depth guide to building trust and increasing team performance

Meetings are generally known as one of the leading drains of company resources. According to a 2019 study by Doodle, two-thirds of all meetings are unnecessary or a waste of time. Ineffective meetings - whether lacking focus, running too long, or including the wrong people - keep employees from getting real work done. The problem is so prevalent there are even tools to measure how much time you waste in meetings and help you block out more time for deep work. While many meetings should be cancelled or declined, there is one type of meeting that may be the most valuable way to spend your time as a manager: the one on one.

Monday, September 23, 2019

How to Sync Tasks to Different Google Calendars

If you already use GQueues to manage tasks, chances are you get a lot of value from its real-time, 2-way syncing with Google Calendar. It’s our most popular Google integration for good reason: being able to manage tasks in the context of all your other scheduled activities is invaluable.

Until recently, your tasks could only sync to a single GQueues calendar. We’ve taken this integration to the next level, and now you can sync tasks to multiple Google Calendars, giving you more freedom and flexibility as you manage your tasks.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

How to Share Google Tasks and Increase your Team’s Productivity

For many individuals, using an online task manager is a critical part of staying organized and tracking everything that needs to get done. It’s the primary tool in your productivity system that makes you a superstar when it comes to following through and never dropping the ball.

At some point you’ve probably had a moment where you wanted to share a list with your spouse, assistant, or entire team.  You instinctively recognize that if tracking tasks keeps you organized, then having a shared list of tasks with others will increase efficiency, keep everyone on the same page, and help reach your collective goals.

And your instincts are correct. According to a Frost & Sullivan study which surveyed decision makers in businesses across the world, effective collaboration in teams has a 36% positive impact on productivity and 29% positive impact on profitability.
"Effective collaboration in teams has a 36% positive impact on productivity and 29% positive impact on profitability."
However, if you use Google Tasks, when you’ve tried to share your lists with others, you probably got stuck.  Don't worry though - you’re not alone, and there’s hope for finding collaborative productivity paradise!

Steps to share Google Task lists and collaborate with others

First the bad news: It’s not possible to share lists directly in Google Tasks. Previously Google Tasks had an option to copy a list into an email and send it to someone else. The other person couldn’t collaborate on the list in real-time, but at least s/he could view a static version of your tasks. However, when Google updated Tasks in 2018, even this limited sharing functionality disappeared, forcing users to continue looking for an easy way to coordinate work together.

Now the good news: You can share your Google Tasks with your entire team by importing them into GQueues, which integrates with all the Google products you already use.

Follow the 3 steps below to collaborate on your task lists in real-time:
  1. Sign in to GQueues using your Google Account
  2. Create a team and add members with permissions you choose
  3. Import the desired lists from Google Tasks
Team members will be notified of the newly shared lists and can start collaborating immediately.

A few items to note
This is a one-time import from Google Tasks.  Once you’ve moved your tasks to GQueues, you should ignore or delete the tasks in Google Tasks, since changes made by you and collaborators are only visible within GQueues.

A separate calendar is created in Google Calendar for each Team you set up in GQueues.  This means you can have multiple Teams sharing tasks, all with their own shared calendar to keep everything clean and organized!

Once your tasks are in GQueues you will also benefit from a number of other features you’ve probably been longing for including attachments, search, comments and tagging.

Try sharing your tasks now and experience the gains from managing work collaboratively with your team!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Help Your Team Work Better, Together, with the New Team Queues

Today we are excited to announce the launch of our most requested, and highly anticipated feature: Team Queues!

With Team Queues we took all the functionality you love about GQueues and re-built each component specifically to help your teams collaborate on tasks.

Simplified Sharing

Now you can set up a team once, and new queues you create in the team are automatically shared with all team members. All queues appear in the same location, in the same order for every person. And permissions are simple -- 5 different roles allow you to give each person the right amount of access to tasks.

Team Calendars

Each team has a separate calendar in Google Calendar, which is automatically shared with all team members. 2-way syncing means changes made by any team member in Google Calendar are reflected back in GQueues for everyone else.

Shared Tags

Teams have their own set of shared tags which ensures tasks are organized in a consistent way. You can choose to allow members to create new shared tags, or limit tagging to the ones you’ve set up in advance.
Watch the video below to see how Team Queues can help you!

Over the past 3 months we gathered feedback from over 250 beta testers and refined Team Queues to make it the very best way to collaborate on task management. The response from testers has been overwhelmingly positive.
"For me it's all about collaboration and the ability to easily delegate tasks and track progress. Team Queues has made a huge difference in our team."
-Tim Greany, beta tester
Team Queues helps you keep everyone on the same page, organize work faster, and prevent tasks from falling through the cracks.

Get started now and help your team work better, together.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Create and manage tasks directly from your inbox with the new GQueues for Gmail Add-on

Launching today, the new GQueues for Gmail Add-on allows you to easily manage tasks without leaving Gmail. The new Add-on works in any browser and allows you to:
  • Create tasks from emails
  • Attach emails to existing tasks
  • Modify existing tasks
  • View tasks already associated with emails
Check out the Help Docs or watch the video to see the GQueues for Gmail Add-on in action.

The GQueues for Gmail Add-on works on Android too!  No more forwarding emails to create tasks from your mobile device.  You can create and manage your GQueues tasks from the Gmail Android app. 
What are you waiting for?  Install the GQueues for Gmail Add-on today!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

We all make mistakes. The new Trash feature in GQueues helps you clean up the mess!

Launching today, the new Trash feature allows you to easily view and restore tasks up to 30 days after they’ve been deleted. Accidentally deleting a task happens to the best of us, and now you can safely purge old to-dos with no risk!

If you share queues with your team, you can also restore tasks that your collaborators have deleted. Turn on notifications for deleted tasks, and then share queues without hesitation - vanishing tasks are a thing of the past.

Check out the Help Docs or watch the video to see the Trash feature in action.

Over 100 beta testers guided the development of this feature, offering feedback and discovering bugs all along the way. Thanks for the help, everyone!

“Now I don't ever have to worry about accidentally deleting a task, as I can always get it back. It makes my workflow faster.”
- Tim Bracken, Beta tester
If you (or someone on your team) has ever accidentally deleted a task, the new Trash feature has you covered!