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3 Myths About Gantt Charts

3 Myths About Gantt Charts
Project management is pure paperwork. Frequent meetings are the only way to keep everyone in the loop. Gantt charts are a waste of time. There are dozens of project management myths out there; everything from "certification is a must" to "process trumps people." And there are even more myths about Gantt charts, the timeline view with dependencies, predecessor tasks, and milestones (learn more about Gantt charts here). Gantt charts can be your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on how much you know about them. Many people are under the impression that they are a scary, time-consuming tool that can’t even scratch the surface of a complex project.
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Spring is here and what better way to observe it than to participate in a little spring cleaning? We often think of spring cleaning as a time to deep clean and organize our home life, kitchen cupboards, or closet. In fact, 72% of households spring clean every year, according to an American Cleaning Institute survey. But what about decluttering and organizing our work life? Studies show that the springtime cleanse can be associated with improved mood, decreased stress, and heightened creativity. And not just when you clean your home. You can also reap these benefits by cleaning your workspace. Who wouldn’t want to decrease stress and increase creativity at work?
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What’s your definition of “cool”? Is it James Dean or Jay Z? Las Vegas or L.A.? Well, when it comes to companies, that might be a tougher question. But we’re pretty excited that Gartner Inc., one of the most prominent technology research companies in the world, decided to name Smartsheet as a “Cool Vendor” for 2015. How cool is that? Each year, Gartner selects companies in critical technology areas and publishes a series of reports detailing why these products and services were chosen. Or, essentially, why they’re pretty cool. Cool Vendors are selected because they are innovative, unique, and have a real market impact.
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The Easiest Way to Make a Calendar in Excel

Create a Calendar in Excel
We have more going on in our lives than ever before. From juggling meetings, projects, and deadlines at work to organizing our personal lives, it can be hard to keep track of everything. Calendars are an important part of keeping all your activities, meetings, appointments, and events organized. You can do a lot with a calendar - people use them as a timesheet, to make a work or school schedule, to track a project, and more. There are a couple different options to make a monthly or yearly calendar. You can create one from scratch using Excel, but that can be a time-consuming, manual task. You can also use a pre-built calendar template in Excel, with the calendar already formatted for you.
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No more jumping from app to app to track the details of your project. With Smartsheet and Microsoft’s new integrations, you can coordinate your work from the tools you use everyday. Easily connect relevant information from Outlook to Smartsheet, without leaving your inbox. And combine work from Smartsheet and Office 365 in a simple visualization to quickly find information and provide context to your projects. These integrations empower teams to work the way they want, with two flexible, visual solutions that remove the typical boundaries between apps. Here are the two new Smartsheet and Microsoft integrations, debuted at the 2015 Microsoft Build Developer Conference: Get more done in email.
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