Have you ever looked like the woman in this photo? I know I have. Some of the most frustrating experiences I’ve ever had in my entire life were group projects.
That isn’t to say that I always had terrible team mates. There are just so many things that can go wrong. And everyone’s little mistakes can snowball into a giant rolling ball of doom that wipes out everything in its path.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Group projects don’t have to be so stressful. Over the years I learned ways to avoid the most common problems that people encounter while working as a team. And yes, Google is the answer.
Simplify with Google Docs
Most people I know just email documents back and forth to each other, which can quickly become a major hassle, especially if they come up with several different versions of the same document.
Google Docs is a great resource that seems to be overlooked by so many Filipinos. In fact, most Filipinos seem to overlook all of Google’s amazing services (except the Google search engine), even though they’re free.
What is Google Docs?
It’s a free service that allows two or more people to edit a file in real time. That means you and your team can use all of your personal desktops/laptops to work on the exact same file at the exact same time.
No more time wasted waiting for somebody to send something. No more time wasted trying to combine two versions of the same document into a coherent whole, either. You get to see each other’s changes as soon as you make them.
What do I need to use Google Docs?
The Wonders of Gmail
I am amazed by the number of Filipinos (young and not so young) who are still using Yahoo Mail. Life is so much easier with Gmail. With it, email becomes so much less of a hassle and so much more of a convenience.
My favorite feature is the conversation view. Say you and Person X emailed each other about the same topic over the course of one month. Gmail will automatically group all of your emails together in chronological order, so you never lose track of another message again.
Yes, you might have noticed that I am a bit of Google evangelist. No, I’m not being paid to do this. :) I recommend Google Docs and Gmail because they’ve become invaluable tools to me.
Hopefully these tips will prevent you from wishing or doing unspeakably cruel things to your team mates when things go wrong (and you know they will).
Do you use Google services (apart from the search engine) regularly? Why or why not?