Say goodbye to copying and pasting -- there’s a new way to move data. Now, with just a couple clicks, you can create hundreds of docs, instantly. Smartsheet Merge allows you to quickly create Google documents in seconds with information stored in Smartsheet. You can use Smartsheet to collect and track lists, names, addresses, and other information, then use Merge to automatically push that data into a custom Google Doc template. Smartsheet Merge quickly creates personalized invoices, form letters, or envelopes, saving you hours in administrative work. You can seamlessly combine multiple documents into one for easy printing or create docs and PDFs to share directly via email.
In the time it took you to read this sentence, 20 million emails were written. There’s no question we all receive too much email (over 100 billion emails are sent and received each day). But, no matter how many times we complain about time wasted over email or the sheer amount of messages in our inbox, the truth is, we actually like it. And science can prove it. We get a rush of dopamine to the brain’s pleasure centers every time a new email comes in. Researchers believe that our compulsion to constantly check email is driven by the dopamine releases that occur in anticipation of receiving good news. Along the sames lines, our sense of value gets inflated the more emails we receive.
2015 is the year of work visualization, combining people, work, and content in a visual framework to uncover valuable insights about the patterns of collaboration. At Smartsheet, we’ve been working to give our users more ways to picture their work, with new features like enhanced symbols, and integrations with Tableau and Office Timeline to turn data into simplified, beautiful visuals. The analyst firm GigaOM also recently published a report exploring the future of work visualization, and we released our own piece on its importance. We feel strongly about visualization and its power to offer a never-before-seen-view of who is doing what and with whom.
The first step to any plan is thinking about a timeline. You want to know what needs to get done and when, to ensure that you stay on track. From a teacher to an event planner to a project manager, a timeline is an easy-to-digest, visual way to map out your plan. You can manually create a timeline in Excel, but it can be a long, frustrating experience to make it look the way you want. Many people find it much easier to use a timeline template, a pre-formatted timeline that can be customized to your needs. All you have to do is enter your information and choose your colors, and a timeline is made for you. How would you like to create your timeline?
When you’re managing a complex project and working with different departments, external collaborators, and hundreds of details, mistakes are bound to happen. Smaller mishaps, like a missed deadline or misunderstanding between teams, can be resolved and usually don’t derail the entire project. However, there are a number of things that can stop a project in its tracks and lead to its ultimate failure. Poor communication or lack of accountability may start off as a “small mishap,” but they can end up silently killing your entire project. Thankfully, there are experts we can learn from.
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