We can tell you all the reasons why you should use Pyrus to manage your team and workflow, but why don’t we show you a real world example? This writer not only blogs for Pyrus, but uses Pyrus in his day-to-day life to manage and work with a consulting firm dedicated to obtaining funding for nonprofit organizations. Keep reading below to see how we use it to keep track of clients, deadlines, and recurring events!
Lists are often found in the forms of our clients, they allow you to configure routing depending on the value of a field and serve as labels. Lists can be a blessing and a curse, however. Over time, some lists grow so that working with them becomes less and less convenient.
To improve their appearance, Pyrus has functionality for organization of multi-level lists in the tree. Let’s see how this works on the example list of forms for applicants. First, the vacancy list consisted of just a couple of positions, but then grew up with the company:
Many of us have, and use, multiple email addresses. Pyrus gives you the ability to have one account and attach it to multiple email addresses! Perfect for when you need to collect and process inquiries that have been received by your multiple addresses: your personal email, your organization’s emails, support, an email for the separate project, etc.
One thing is certain, however: we all want to be happier. And while your mileage may vary, here are some tried-and-true tips that have worked for others. We’ve compiled a list of different things you can implement easily into your life to help achieve those goals.
Sleep more: You’ve heard this your whole life, it’s time to implement it. Getting more sleep will not only improve your mornings, but you will be less susceptible to negative emotions throughout the day. Getting more sleep is only one side of the coin. You need to get better sleep, as well. Cut out the caffeine in the evenings. Exercise in the evening is a tossup, however, some people sleep better afterwards while others do not.
List your priorities: I know, I know, “No! Not lists!” Yes, my friends, lists. While it does take some time to get accustomed to making a list each morning, the benefits in the long run are well worth it. You’ll be able to face the day confident in your ability to finish your tasks at hand, and you will not be wasting time racking your brain on what you need to do.
It’s quite possible that all of your employees might not use Pyrus. That is no issue, however, because Pyrus is versatile. Even employees that are not part of Pyrus can still receive Pyrus tasks quickly and easily. Keep reading below to find out how.
Simply type the employee’s email in the ‘Assigned to’ field. No matter what email service or client they use, all answers will be automatically moved to the task you’ve created for them.
The thirst for better data and information (whether it is the acquisition of data or compiling it) continues to play a larger role in the workflow of modern companies. Pyrus is one such company. Pyrus accumulates a significant amount of useful data and important documents for users to access and share.
First impressions are everything.
It takes almost no time for someone to form an opinion about your entire being. We’re wired to consume as much information as possible up first meetings. It’s just how we roll as humans. There are probably things people have judged you for upon first impression that you didn’t even realize were issues.
This week, Pyrus CEO Max Nalsky sat down with MultiShip product manager Nadezhda Shirokova to discuss the company’s Pyrus deployment. We discussed system integration, employee response and what would be useful for MultiShip in the future.
— How easy was it to establish work processes using Pyrus?
— When we first began enrolling all employees into Pyrus, they were curious about the system. The simplicity and speed were aspects of the software that could not be beat. In terms of the actual integration, we knew it’d take some time for our task manager to take hold as a consistent part of our business and for employees to regard it as such. Implementing wasn’t a one-step cure-all, rather a gradual integration to bring positive change into our productivity.
If you were to ask a handful of business owners to name one thing that they hated doing, many would probably come back with the same answer: hiring people.
It can take a lot of time interviewing prospective employees, and then you have to actually sit down (whether it’s alone or with HR) and decide who would be the best fit for the position. It can be a stressful time and the quicker you can identify the best candidate, the less time you spend engaged in the process.
One of the best ways to convey your message is through writing—the better you can write, the easier your message is to convey. Now, you might not be out to write the next New York Times bestseller, but maybe you’re in marketing and need to start writing blog posts for your company or you need to shoot off a very important email to your boss. Whatever the case may be, it’s never a bad time to improve your writing skills. We’ve compiled some tips below to help you out next time writing is required of you, check them out!
You might be the most talented individual in your respective field, but if you have trouble networking with fellow business people and entrepreneurs you might find yourself lagging behind. Networking can help you in all forms of business: finding work, finding talent, and even finding investors. Everyone is not gifted with the social skills required for networking, however, so we’ve put together a couple tips to help those of you who might be a bit shy when it comes to mingling and networking.
Whether you like it or not, you speak without speaking!
From the way someone stands while socializing to how they slouch in their barstool, we always notice body language before ever greeting and introducing ourselves to them. It triggers signals in our brain, and we immediately form ideas about said person. It of course happens in the workplace as well. It’s how our minds work, so why not use this to our advantage?
Pyrus and the Apple Watch make a great team.
Considering that it relies entirely on your smartphone to push interesting data to your wrist, your Apple Watch is an inherently limited device, but there’s one use case that’s brilliant.
The short 10-word notification viewed on your watch instead of your phone can change the way you interact with your phone—suddenly it is not the cumbersome thing you need to remove from a pocket or bag to check. You now have a heads-up display for your device that you can check as easily as the time, and oh yeah, it tells the time too.
The cliche is that the “early bird gets the worm,” but the early bird also gets eggs and sausage and bacon. Rising early is not easy for everyone, but there are many benefits to rising early and avoiding that snooze button until the very last minute. Keep reading below for some of the perks granted to early risers, as well as a couple of tips on how you can start waking up earlier.
Why is it that you somehow feel more exhausted upon returning from vacation than before you left? The whole point of going on vacation is to clear your mind and unclutter your brain, yet it never seems to work that way. In a time of what might be a never-before-seen intensity in the work environment, we’ve trained our brains to never turn off. We leave work, we get home, we check our work email to make sure we didn’t miss anything after we left. An unfamiliar number pops up on your iPhone at 7 pm—could it be a west coast client? You should probably answer it.
“I’ve got that summertime, summertime sadness.”
If you’re blessed—or cursed, depending on who you ask—with unusually warm weather during your summers, you know how much of a strain the heat can put on the workplace (and, in turn, productivity). We’ve been programmed since childhood to have certain expectations for those times between early June and late August. We remember fondly the days of summer vacations with the family and the generally laziness that accompanied not having school to attend. It’s only natural to think that we, as adults, continue with that same mindset.
Look, if you’re going to spend a considerable amount of your day at the office, then it stands to reason that it should be a nice place. No more rows of desks and drab off-white walls surrounding you—it’s time for a change. Obviously, productivity and results come first, but who’s to say that productivity and a nice office don’t go hand in hand?
If your company is of an appropriate smaller size, you might consider setting up operations in a coworking space. For those growing businesses that can no longer successfully operate in a home or coffee shop and are beginning to need more space,coworking spaces like WeWork or General Assembly offer a pleasing middle ground for you to work out of before renting dedicated commercial office space.
As a business leader, you no doubt find yourself making hundreds of small decisions a day, if not plenty of larger ones as well. Each one of these decisions, however minor, takes a small bite out of your willpower to remain a productive person that day. Experiments show that your personal willpower is a renewable resource—it is totally possible to develop more of it, but if you run out, it’s hard to get that magic back.
“There are no longer any great jobs where someone tells you precisely what to do.” -Seth Godin
The nature of work (and satisfaction with that work) is changing. It’s only becoming more common for people to strike it off to go do their own thing for an income, and shun the conventional idea of being someone’s employee. Another quote that touches this same concept comes from Bob Dylan, in which he says “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” This represents a frictionless life, and as a job often constitutes a large part of one’s life, you can bet someone doing whatever he wants all day isn’t complaining about his work.
We’re continuing our rundown of the personality traits that make up a good leader. Part one is here, and without further ado, here’s part two:
Strong leaders operate from a sense of purpose. Here’s an interesting test to give yourself: would you do your current job today if you didn’t have to? If your answer is no, then it’s likely that your job hardly lines up with what you consider your “purpose.” Be sure to plumb the depths of what you think is important so that you can have fleshed-out opinions on what it is you’d rather be doing. Then go do that instead, silly.
Are you calm and measured like Abraham Lincoln? Are you obsessively committed like Steve Jobs?
While it’s important to be your genuine self as much as possible, this doesn’t mean you can’t learn a lesson or two (or three or seven) from those classic leaders recognized as being the best in their fields. These are people who respond with grace under fire, who motivate and inspire those around them, and make everyone feel a little better or optimistic when the fruits of their labor take shape.
You’re not making a list of things to get done each day. Your memory is never as good as you think it is. Make it a habit to write down important tasks and ideas, and build a to-do list from them. A to-do list should be the foundation of your productive day. When you can see all the tasks you know are still yet to be done, it becomes that much easier to prioritize and reassess where you are and what’s next most important.
A good working life has a lot to do with boundaries. Are you going to answer your phone after 9 PM? Are you going to cut vacation short in order to work on an upcoming project? If you have these hypothetical questions answered ahead of time, then you’re already doing a good job of defining such boundaries, but it’s also too easy
An executive’s days can be bumpy and noisy without a moment’s pause to reflect, make plans, and contemplate solutions to problems. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of becoming a taskmaster that ends up doing the same things over and over again without ever actually advancing the ball forward. These times are essential to build into your routine in a way that best serves your needs—an undistracted slot of time for your brain to explore and put issues to rest.
The leader of a company is both blessed and cursed: he has the burden of a lot of tasks to get through and decisions to make in a day, but if the company is of a certain size, he has the benefit of handing off tasks to other members of the organization. Some items will naturally flow from superior to subordinate, and it’s always excellent to see a person’s effort made more effective when it can be divided well amongst supporting staff. But where is the line between what should and shouldn’t be handed off to someone else to take care of? And how do you delegate without letting anyone else think you’re a lazy manager who can’t do things for himself?
The contemporary work zeitgeist has spoken: if you’re sitting down while working, you’re dying. If you stand, you’re more productive. Standing while working has a faddy appeal to the point that it’s no longer uncommon to see people standing throughout their workday. Behold, the standing desk is here to stay.
The data is in and the results are unusual: workers are living farther away from the office in a way that they never have before. This increased distance between our work life and our home life is not only inefficient, but it’s dangerous to the point of affecting our health and the economy. It’s a reflection of jobs increasingly being pushed into the suburbs, where commute times are notoriously longer due to sprawl between communities. Compare this to a densely populated city like New York, where most people get by without owning a car at all.