Using Task Management Software to Combat Stress at Home...
...How to Re-balance Your Life.
Mention task management software to most people and they will immediately think of something
they would use at work. And while it is undoubtedly important in making the work day more
productive, it can also play a major role in helping us get more done outside the
When there is so much we could do with our time, we all want to focus our efforts on what gives
us, and our families, the most pleasure. So, just as at work, an effective task management system
will help you ‘claw back’ the minutes and enable you to get more done in the same time, in your
Most particularly, for any large domestic projects you have on the go – from moving home, even
building your own home, or organizing a wedding – a task management system will help you manage and
organize projects more efficiently so they happen faster, more cheaply and with less stress.
Of course, your projects don’t have to be ‘meaty’ to benefit from good task management
principles – the tedious and routine jobs of everyday life can all be accomplished more efficiently
too, giving you and your family more leisure time to enjoy.
By using software to create a system for managing all the things you have to do, your domestic
life will feel less chaotic. And, when you feel more in control, your day-to-day stress
levels will drop.
But what sort of software should you look for?
Traditional ‘To Do list’ software is one option. But when the world around you is full of iPads,
tablets, laptops and smartphones, just writing lists (even electronic ones), doesn’t offer a
very exciting ‘user experience’.
When that happens, task management can all too easily become boring and a chore, and when
that happens it’s not long before you give up trying to manage your jobs in this way
So, it’s worth considering the new generation of smart task management software that takes a
different, more project-based approach.
One major advantage of this type of software is that rather than letting you simply attach a
task to a project, as most standard To Do list software does, smart task management applications
recognize that many tasks can only be done when you are in the right place (home, office, town,
school), with the right people (wife, husband, children), or with the right equipment available
(phone, computer). So, it lets you ‘tag’ a task to a ‘context’.
This immediately gives you the flexibility to sort and filter your task list so that it’s always
right for the circumstance, and not set in stone.
So, when your daughter drops round to discuss her wedding, you can immediately create a ‘living
list’ of all relevant tasks, filtering it further into phone calls or people-specific actions.
That’s a flexibility you can never achieve when tasks are ‘locked in’ to specific To Do
Bridging The Work-Home Divide.
If you are adopting a task management system at work, it also makes sense to continue that
process at home. After all, if task management is to become a natural part of the rhythm of your
day, it’s not something you can leave behind the office door.
One way to help ensure the transition from work to home is seamless, is to choose task
management software that’s ‘cloud-based’, which means it lives on a remote server rather than your
own PC, Mac or laptop. That way you can access your task management system from anywhere, from any
computer and at any time.
By using cloud-based software, you will be able to integrate office and domestic task management
much more effectively and you can be sure that nothing will fall through the ‘join’, no matter
where you happen to be.
And, if you work from home on a regular basis, then setting up an integrated system makes even
What’s more, being on the cloud means that you can share your system with other members of your
family, making it even easier to plan domestic life by creating a central store of tasks, actions
and reference material for all your domestic projects, that can be accessed anywhere from
smartphones, iPads and laptops.
And you never know, if you choose a task management application that offers a great user
experience, like our very own 'ShoutDone' does, it may even persuade the kids to keep you
posted on where they are and what they’re doing.
Of course, selling the idea of a collaborative task management system may be a step too far for
some families, but that need not stop each member from setting up their own system, especially if
they see it’s working for someone else in the family.
But, if committing to setting up a ’whole life’ task management system seems a little daunting,
why not dip a toe in the water first and trial a few different software packages?
In fact, if you are thinking about choosing a system for work, you could even trial the options
in the less pressurized environment of home before making a commitment. That way you will get to
know the package without being under time pressure and where the implications of making a mistake
are far less severe.
Whether at home or work, adopting a new way of doing things takes time to adjust to, but choose
the right smart task management system and using it will soon become second nature as your
behaviours change and patterns become established.
And, of course, the more you use your system the more you will get out of it.
So, if you‘d like to move your life forward, not just at work, but at home too, then embrace a
task management system to deliver a little more domestic bliss.