These past couple weeks, I’ve been struggling to keep up. I have at least one dozen projects, at least 5 partner companies, a full-time employee and 2 part-time resources. I’m trying to keep up on selling as well as fulfilling the projects that I’ve sold. We’re at that uncomfortable point where we’ve got enough business for another full-time employee… but we don’t have that resource yet (he starts in two weeks!).
To get organized, I purchased Things a couple months ago. It was a very simple task management application for the Mac that integrated with my calendar. It’s amazing software and it really helped me to generate a backlog and continue to prioritize my work.
The problem, though, is that it’s only good for my work. Many of my tasks are collaborative and require multiple team members to fulfill several tasks in a single project. I didn’t need project management software – that would have been overkill. I just needed a simple application where assignments could be made, all tasks could be tracked, and completed work could be archived.
It took a while, but I found a perfect Software as a Service solution, HiTask.
HiTask allows me to categorize, view tasks by priority, date, project, or owner. I can tag each task and even filter the task list instantaneously. Best of all, the business account is only $15 per month and allows you to use a branded subdomain, your logo, have 24-hour support and the ability to share your tasks and projects.
My only wish for HiTask? A Droid application (they have an iPhone app already). For $15 a month, though, this is one heck of a system!