Essential Hacks to Apply to Your Calendar and Task View
Did you know that Scoro is full of amazing features and hacks that remarkably empower your business management? Master these tips and tricks for Scoro’s calendar and task view to make your work more efficient and discover new ways to enhance your productivity.
1. Calendar invites
Did you know that scheduling customer meetings and proposing multiple time options can be done in a few clicks? Instead of bouncing emails back and forth with the client to find a suitable meeting time, send them a calendar invite with multiple dates and time options and let them choose the most suitable time.
To send a calendar invite in Scoro, go to the Calendar view and click on a Select time slots on top right hand of the calendar. Select multiple dates and time options, choose the people to invite, the location etc. and click on the blue button down below: Save and propose times.
Now the calendar invite with a personalized message will be automatically forwarded to selected recipients (if you don’t have their email already inserted, you can do it manually). After they’ve confirmed the suitable time, you both receive email confirmations and the meeting will appear on both of your’s calendars no matter if you use Scoro, Gmail or Outlook.
2. Recurring tasks
We all have tasks that we have to repeat after a certain period of time. Maybe it’s invoicing at the end of each month or a work report your boss expects every Monday. There’s no need to create the same task every week when you can have recurring tasks pop up automatically.
Benefits of recurring tasks:
- Repetitive tasks are created automatically and you just have to mark them done
- You’re constantly reminded to finish a weekly or daily task as new ones show up
- Deadlines notify you of upcoming due dates
To create a recurring task in Scoro, go to the Tasks view and select Recurring tasks from the sub menu. You will notice a dark gray button saying Add recurring task. Clicking on the button opens a window where you can set the preferences and the frequency of the automatically generated recurring task.
By clicking on Save you have created a recurring task and it will appear in your task list as often as you’ve selected. All you have to do is to finish the task and mark it done.
3. Time entries
The best thing about time entries is the fact that you don’t need to create a new task every single time you complete the same activity – you have the ability to add time entries under one task that you frequently complete.
You can also use time entries on tasks shared by multiple people. Create a task assigned to multiple team members and every time someone completes a portion of that task, they can add a time entry. Meaning that you’ll have a complete overview of how much time everyone spent on a specific task.
To add time entries in Scoro, go to the Tasks view or click on a task to open it and you can see Time entries in the bottom left side of the page. By clicking on the button Add, you can save a time entry.
Should you use time entries or recurring tasks?
Time entries work great with:
- Little tasks that you handle multiple times every day – it would take too much time to create the same task 5 times a day.
- Demanding tasks that take multiple days to finish – you can add time entries to record your activity and monitor the total time spent on the task.
- Tasks that multiple people work on – every time someone finishes their part of the task, they can add a time entry but not mark it done as others continue working on the same task.
Recurring tasks work great with:
- Tasks repeating at the same time every day, week or month – if you need to finish the same task say every Wednesday, add a recurring task for it to automatically reappear to your task list every week.
- Repeating tasks that you tend to forget – create high priority recurring tasks and add a deadline to be reminded when the due date is getting near.
4. Assign tasks to multiple people
That’s a proven technique that lets you skip creating the same task multiple times for team members working on the same task. When creating a new task, you have the option to assign it to all members of a certain team or select Multiple users to manually pick the people that you need working on the task.
Remember to use time entries when registering the time spent on a shared task to avoid people marking a collaborative task “done” with others still working on it.
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5. Unassigned tasks
To make project management remarkably easier, we recently released the planning mode. If you haven’t got this feature yet, you can use a little hack to handle your project task management. Or take you project planning to a whole new level by contacting us and get the planning mode.
When assigning project tasks to team members, leave some generic tasks unassigned in the first place. Meaning that these tasks appear in the project view and it’s easy to remember they need to be completed in a later project phase. When one team member finishes their tasks before others, you can take the already created unassigned task and assign it to him or her. This way you can use the full potential of your project team and assure that everyone handles the equal workload.
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6. Drag and Drop
Did you know that you can use drag and drop method in nearly every view in Scoro? Go to your Task view and drag more urgent tasks to the top of your task list. Use drag and drop in Calendar view to effortlessly change the time of a meeting.
The most awesome benefit of this method lies in task pipeline management. You can drag and drop the tasks between different statuses in a project pipeline to see whether the tasks are planned, in progress, need reviewing, have already been reviewed or are completed.
Also, you can apply the drag and drop feature while managing your sales pipeline to move customer profiles between multiple statuses like new lead, qualified lead and paying user.
7. Design your workflow by similar tasks
There are tens of tasks that we need to complete during a busy day at work. There’s a little productivity hack to make the most of your time and work efficiently – tackle similar tasks in a continuous flow. It saves you hours of your time as your brain can focus on similar activities and doesn’t need much time to re-evaluate the situation.
You can organize your tasks in the Tasks view by selecting one or multiple activity types. Or organize your taskboard by projects, users or statuses.
Note that you always need to insert these differentiators and categories when creating a new task, otherwise you’re unable to organize your tasklist.
8. Customizable dashboard
You can work wonders with Scoro’s dashboard and build a perfect KPI dashboard to get a quick overview of your company’s performance. Add important KPIs, benchmarks, your calendar, task list, budget details and much more to your dashboard to access all the data in a few clicks.
You can build a KPI dashboard from the ground up to reflect all the information that’s important to your business. Start by bookmarking the custom views you’d like to use on your dashboard and later configure your dashboard to add the metrics, widgets, and graphs.
To get an overview of how many tasks are completed or how many calendar meetings you’ve attended, bookmark and add these metrics to your dashboard. You can also add the whole Calendar view or Task view to your dashboard to quickly access the information about upcoming meetings and top-priority tasks.
If you’d like a thorough overview of KPI dashboard.
A well-built business dashboard should look something like this:
9. Change your custom views
When you go to your Tasks view, you see your tasks lined up by priorities. Would you prefer to only view the tasks on a certain project or organize your tasks by deadlines? You can choose between tens of parameters to create the perfect view according to your own requirements.
Save your preferred view as a default view to have it automatically displayed the next time you open your tasklist.
You can create custom views for all Scoro’s features, be it the calendar, sales, invoicing, projects, people or quotes.
Did you know that you can access even more categories and custom fields by clicking on the meatball menu in the Task view and other views?
Cool feature: You can bookmark all your custom views and add them to your dashboard.
10. Custom field based reporting
You can hack and improve your business reports by adding custom fields to your tasks and calendar events.
Add information about spent or created resources and materials to each task by selecting previously created custom fields and get customized reporting on the assets spent and value created.
Or apply custom fields in recording the sales process. For example you can add custom fields that show whether a cold call was successful or not. Later, you can find the successful calls in the Task view and decide how to move on with these prospects.
You can also use custom fields to organize your customer profiles and get comprehensive reporting on their industry, size or prefered language. Finding the right differentiators and indicators comes with some experimenting. You can access and create custom fields in your Settings menu by selecting General settings >> Custom fields.
Learn everything about creating and using custom fields.
All the tips and tricks listed in the article really take a couple of minutes to master and return remarkable benefits to you and your team. Give Scoro’s special features a try and you’ll soon notice how your workflow’s becoming increasingly efficient.