Technology is all about amplifying human abilities. When it goes well, a single person can travel at hundreds of miles an hour, lift hundreds of tons, and talk to entire nations. When it goes wrong, the slightest oversight can snowball into an avalanche of stress. Anyone who’s ever completed a project knows that there’s no time like crunch time — a time when many wish deadline was literal and had already happened.
The vast majority of all last-minute crises are only crises because of that adjective. Problems easily resolved earlier in the process are nightmares when somethnig Has To Be Finished Now. That’s why the core of a smart life is proper planning, laying out the complete project to spot problems and bottlenecks instead of diving straight into the work. Because “just getting on with it” means you’ll still discover the bottleneck, but now it’ll be too late to do anything about it and you’ve already got months of work on the line. These aren’t conducive to calm and rational solutions. That’s why we love Gantt charts.
Gantto is another of the 500 startups, and if they know what they’re doing the other 499 should be using it. Clients already include Fujitsu, Twitter, and Lucasfilm — these people are experts at getting things done and involving a lot of people. As they name suggests, they’re an online Gantt chart service: no muss, no fuss or file extensions or conversions, just intuitive drag-and-drop right-clickable chart construction. You can call up your project from anywhere, switch to presentation mode for meetings inside the program, or just work out your own plans to make sure everything doesn’t hinge on one shaky step.
Even better, the first one is free. Simply creating an account gives you a free, infinitely-shareable chart project, meaning many small business-owners already have almost everything they need. After the 30-day trial period, you’ll already know if you want to keep using it or not, but trust us: if your projects involve other people or services, you need to try Gantt charts. They reduce the most complicated project into easily-understood steps and, more importantly, let you see where the most important steps are. With a simple timeline or to-do list, it’s all too easy to let one item slide — not knowing that it makes half of everything on ever list for the next month impossible. Gantt charts draw your attention to critical elements, and allow you to estimate the damage of delays — or, more importantly, re-organize the project so that key task is completed earlier or in parallel with other steps to ensure there’s no delay.
Go Gantto with your next big project.
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