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How to bring your brainstorming and planning into the new digital age.

Updated: Mar 10, 2020

This weeks blog post is How to bring your brainstorming and planning into the new digital age. Following on from last weeks blog (How to educate staff on the latest technologies) I wanted to give you some new and simple ideas for how to integrate online tools into your organisations planning and brainstorming. There are many tools out there online for planning and brainstorming, but how do you know which ones are good and which ones aren't. My first tip is to find what works for you, your staff and your organisation. If you try a new tool and it's just not quite working for you, it might be too difficult or structured find a new one and try it out until you find one that is more comfortable for you. Trying new tools is difficult sometimes and learning news things and getting into a routine can be hard so make sure you give it a good go before crossing it off the list. Heres some tools I have tried: - Facebook Scheduling Handling an active Facebook for work can be challenging posting regularly, with interesting content can be a lot of pressure so if you're like me Facebook Scheduling could be really helpful. It's very simple and nothing special but allows you to plan in advance facebook posts and engagements. Simply go to your page on Facebook, click at the top 'Publishing Tools' then "Scheduled Posts' and you can schedule all your post in advance relieving you of the reminders to post something at a certain time. - Google Calendar Google Calendar another obvious and simple one. Google calendar is accessible to you if you use a Gmail account. It is basically just a digital calendar but here are a few tips to utilise it to its full potential within your team or organisation. 1. Organise the calendar to coordinate teams. You can create many different calendars and combine them or keep them separate as to the different things you are involved with. For example Work and Home or if you want a specific calendar with all the TCV meetings and events for the year so you and colleagues can keep track.

2. Use add ons This is something I learn recently but you can actually use 2 google apps at the same time when working on google calender. For example, Google Calendar and Google Keep (A task tool) That way when you have an event coming up you can write down everything you need to do for that event in google keep and use it as your digital to-do list. You can also share the lists with other people.

- Canva planners Canva is such a great free digital designing tool. They have a lot of templates that require nothing but your own personalisation. They have some awesome digital planners you can create and print out. Just search Planner in the design anything bar and find one you like.

- Trello Trello is an app for your phone and computer that allows you to plan and brainstorm individually or collaboratvely in a team. You can organise your idea on what is called the dashboards, add different tabs and make to do lists within the different tabs. It is simple to understand and is good for collaboration projects as you can brainstorm together whenever you want and others can see your trello board develop.

Any questions about the tools feel free to message me.

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