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How does Dayboard help my team?

Dayboard helps teams gain visibility of what's happening in a company in ways most project management and task management apps can't. Everyone manages their own priorities so it's clear how everyone decides to spend their day. This helps keeps everyone accountable and focused on doing the things they say they'll do.

People may not realize they need this but many companies have been doing this for many years already in the form of stand-up meetings. This way, Dayboard makes a great complement, not a replacement, for most project and task management apps.

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I’m part of a team. How does Dayboard help me get my work done?

Dayboard helps you single handle your tasks, reduce time spent on distracting sites and gently reminds you to plan your day.

More importantly, Dayboard helps reduce time spent updating your team about what you’re working on or how long you’ve been working on a task. A task that’s been sitting on your list for too long could mean a few things: (1) it’s not something that can be completed within a day, (2) it’s not as important as you thought or (3) it IS important, but you’ve been overloaded and haven’t been able to get to them. These are all helpful insights for you and your team.

Dayboard also highlights problems you’re running into with blockers. You can mention another team member to let them know you’re waiting on them to complete your tasks. This gives managers a chance to jump in if something’s been put off for too long.

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I don't have a team. Can I use Dayboard by myself?

Of course! Our browser extension (only available on Chrome for now) was originally designed for individuals. It's free and you can download it here. Signing up for an account is optional, but would allow you to access your tasks from different machines and devices.

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Why does Dayboard only allow me to enter five tasks per day? Can I add more?

Five items is a balance between having enough items to be a useful list, and not having too many items so it becomes overwhelming to look at. It also keeps updates with your team simple: there’s only five items per person to read.

It’s tempting to want more items on our list—it feels ambitious and productive—but the more items we have, the less important each item becomes. Keeping your to do list short may seem unproductive in the short term but it helps prevent burnout in the long term, which is overall a more productive strategy.

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Can I add more tasks for the upcoming day, or some sort of future list?

The answer right now is no, but we're working on new ideas and features that might accommodate this request.

In general, we're against having a “future list” because it encourages people to spend time organizing and planning inside Dayboard, which (1) is what most task management lists already offer (and isn't necessarily doing a bad job at), and (2) isn't the actual work that people should be doing. Having no more room to add more tasks means it forces you to move on and actually do them.

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What are blockers?

Blockers are tasks that you or someone else needs to complete before you can complete one of your own tasks. The idea is to reduce the time being spent stuck on a particular task by mentioning other members when you’re waiting on their work. This way, managers can quickly see when a task has been put off for too long and offer help when they see team members are blocked.

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Can I assign tasks to other members on my team?

No.

By not having the ability to assign tasks, Dayboard encourages team members to self-manage and self-assign their own work. This frees managers from micromanaging their team, and allow them to focus on other priorities.

However, anyone within the team can comment on a member’s tasks if they feel someone’s priorities needs to change. They can also indirectly assign work through blockers, if someone is preventing you from getting your own work done.

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I’m already using [favorite project management tool]. Does Dayboard integrate with any third party tools?

No, at least not yet.

Generally speaking, tasks written in Asana, Trello, Jira, Basecamp or any other tool isn't necessarily scoped to be done within a day. Dayboard's daily ask of “what are your most important tasks today” is important to think about, because it makes you think about what's actually actionable in the 4-7 hours you have in your day. We believe the inconvenience of "writing something out twice" and reinforce our intentions is a good trade off, compared with the convenience of checking something off and have it automatically updated elsewhere for you.

We may change our mind about integrations later but that’s our stance right now.

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I’m not using Chrome as my browser. Is Dayboard’s browser extension available for other browsers?

Not yet.

Right now, our browser extension is only available to Chrome users. We’re working hard to make it available on Firefox and Safari very soon.

If you do use Chrome, you can download or learn more about the extension here.

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