Banish Anarchy – Productivity App for Conference Organizers

UPDATE 3/13/19 – Just got word that they have shut down. Bummer.

If you are like me, you have a million and one things to do, not enough time to do them and no real good way to keep track of them, not for lack of trying. Beyond being a meeting and event planner, I am also a dad to the world’s coolest five year old, a half-assed blogger and an online Publisher. Those are a lot of balls to juggle and a lot of tasks that fall under each.

Trying to keep my chaos in order has ranged from low-tech solutions like post it notes and Excel to Word and even Outlook. Higher tech tries have included google calendar, google sites and BaseCamp. Some work better than others, some work very well… they just did not sync with me…. this has led to none getting me all the way to my destination of a chaos free world.

No matter what I do, it seems that Anarchy reigns in the Kingdom of Keith.

To be honest, Post-It notes still work really well (don’t laugh Jackson, they do). For mission critical items, having something directly in my face can’t be beat. The problem is they don’t travel with me and are certainly not a cross-platform solution.

I needed something that was going to help me get my life in order, personal and professional in a way that worked with me, my style and the way that my mind thinks.

Enter Producteev, a solution that may be the answer to my prayers, arriving in the nick of time before I reach task management Armageddon.

Producteev is a web-based tool that lets you create workspaces, tasks, assign responsibilities, create due dates and more. The great thing about Producteev is that it syncs with Google Cal so all of those pesky to-do items are now on my phone and other places.

Producteev also allows me to create tasks, complete items, get reminders and receive updates using email and instant messaging (now it is starting to jive with the “me”). This is really handy if I am on a Site Inspection, I can complete the task and then email that it is complete while I am still on site…. all of the team members now know…Bam..

Filters, Filters, Filters…. the ability to filter tasks is critical, especially when you are managing multiple events or multiple projects within a single event. You can tear down tasks to their core by assignment, deadline or special filters that you create.

All and all Producteev seems to be working its way into my lifestyle. It is easy and powerful without being cumbersome. I am in the beginnings of my relationship with this app so we will see if it blossoms into a long-term relationship or if this is a first date kinda thing. From what I am seeing though this courtship may be a marriage made in productivity heaven.

Check it out!

(Disclaimer – Nothing to do with Producteev except for being a user).


Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Keith is the Managing Partner of i3 Events but is most widely known as the outspoken publisher of the event industry blog PlannerWire. In addition to co-hosting the Bullet List and Event Tech Pull Up Podcasts, he has been featured in Plan Your Meetings, Associations Now, Convene, Event Solutions, and has appeared on the cover of Midwest Meetings Magazine.

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