New: Custom Dashboards in awork

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With the new February update, you can now completely rearrange and personalise your dashboard. From now on, you can adjust the dashboard to your personal preferences and decide what widgets you need for a quick overview each day.

For instance, if you use time reports in awork every day, you can very easily display this widget on your dashboard. This way, you’ve always got an overview of the information that is most important to you. Pretty cool, right?

Little fun fact about the awork team: we were all really excited about this new feature. If you want to have a sneak peek at our team members dashboards, definitely keep reading. 😉

Your own dashboard in just a few clicks

If you wish to adapt your dashboard according to your needs, you can very easily do so with the new button, found at the bottom of your dashboard.

custom dashboards in awork
Create your own custom dashboard in awork

With a single click, you can add new widgets. Moreover, you can rearrange or even delete existing widgets simply by dragging and dropping them, in case you no longer need them.

Remember: in order for your dashboard configuration to be saved, you need to save your view by checking the small box.

What widgets are there?

The notepad:
Do you take a lot of notes on awork’s notepad and do you often write two, three, even four memos? Not a bother: from now on, you can add additional notes lickety-split. Just add it using the little plus-symbol and give it a name.

Time reports:
With the time report widget, you can select an existing report and display it on your dashboard. If necessary, you can even change the name. What’s more, you can choose between a chart and a bar diagram. You also have the chance to change the time periods that are displayed.

Some info: if the report that is currently displayed has been deleted, you will get a notification about it on your dashboard.

User absence:
Need to have a quick look at who’s in the office today or who has a couple of days off? For this, you can display the colleague absences widget on your dashboard, and with the help of the timeline, you can keep an eye on the coming weeks too.

Tip: you can make all widgets fade in or out.

The activities widget allows you to take a look at all actions performed in the last seven days. Activities include things, such as new comments on a task and tracked hours. By clicking on the activity, you will be directed to the corresponding task.

List of tasks:
with this widget, you can either display all of your due tasks or select a saved task view. If you are a project manager, who is responsible for a team, you can also display your team’s to-do’s.

List of projects:
This widget gives you a project overview. Once again you get to choose: you can either show your active projects or select a specific project filter.

My times today:
have I already tracked my hours today? And how much time did I spend on the website relaunch for our clients again? With this widget, you can always have a quick look at your tracked times.

Upcoming birthdays:
no birthdays? No cake 😉 This widget shows you what birthdays are coming up, allowing you to be well-prepared. After all, birthdays are a reason to celebrate and usually also to have cake.

Keep in mind: widgets that you are already using will be in grey. That way you can easily see what can still be selected.

Widgets that are already in use will be in grey.
Widgets that are already in use will be in grey.

As a special source of inspiration, we have thought of something cool for you. In this article we present to you three awork dashboards from our very own team.

The product manager with lots of team responsibility

Jan-David (JD) is not only the grand master of support at awork: he’s also responsible for the further development of awork. Some of you may also know him from our webinars, in which JD enthusiastically introduces awork and its features to you every two weeks.

Jan-David knows awork like the back of his hand and is therefore the first point of contact for our support team when there is a tricky case to solve. Let’s take a look at JD’s Dashboard.

PS: of course, the team members from our support team all have a name. We only renamed them for privacy reasons and added small memojis 😉

Jan-David's dashboard view
This is what the JD’s awork dashboard looks like

My tasks:
“Here I have an overview of my to-do’s. For me, the most important view is Today. Here is where I find all the tasks I want to carry out today. In daily business, however, topics often arise spontaneously, so this doesn’t always work.

That is why the This week view is in second place for me. Every evening I go to my tasks and plan the next day. By the way, I recommend this tip to everyone!”

Tip from JD: “Plan your tasks the day before. The rest of your tasks will always go back to the weekly backlog.”

My support projects
“As Head of Support, I have to keep an eye on the shift planning of my support crew. I do this in the awork timeline. With this widget, I can jump directly from the dashboard to the timeline. I also have all the other projects I’m responsible for there.”

My awork projects
“As a product manager, I work on a variety of other awork projects. With this widget, I can jump directly into the projects and keep track of all deadlines, to-do’s and comments”.

Jan-David from the awork team
Jan-David from the awork team

“At awork, we put a great emphasis on “we as a team”. That’s why I can see which colleague’s birthdays are coming up on my dashboard directly. Our tradition is that all team members will sing “Happy Birthday” for a birthday child when that person is in the office the day of his or her birthday.

“Everybody needs a holiday 😉 This widget is important for me, because I can immediately see which team members are not here today.”

Time reports
“Here I can directly see the hours booked by the support team and check if everyone has remembered to track their times.”

Next level content planning with awork

As the queen of content, Anna is responsible for every type of content you can find here on the awork blog, from our newsletter to anywhere on the World Wide Web that refers to awork. In order to coordinate and schedule the various channels and content, awork is the core element of content planning.

On Anna’s dashboard you will find an overview of all content projects, all team members involved and the next content-to-do’s.

The dashboard of Anna from the marketing team
The dashboard of Anna from the marketing team

Content projects
“When I access awork, I usually first look at my content projects. That’s why I created this widget. It allows me a quick access to my most important projects. With one click I can jump to the timeline, for example, which I use as an editorial calendar.”

“I divide the content production in the marketing team. Accordingly, it is super important that I always know who is available. Next week, for example, our graphic designer Anne will be on holiday for a week. I must take that into account this week so that everything can be published on time despite her absence.

“Is there a new comment on a task? Has a deadline changed? With this widget, I can keep up to date with the latest activities and react quickly”.

Our queen of content, Anna, in her element
Anna is our queen of content

awork content
“Beside quick access to projects, I also need an overview of the next to-do’s. Not just to know what’s next. As a content manager, I also have to make sure that all team members stay on schedule. If something comes up, I can adjust the planning in time.”

“Like JD said: it’s a tradition for us to serenade the birthday boy or girl in the office on their birthday. And also, I just want to make sure I don’t forget any birthdays. 😊”

The software developer who plans in sprints

Alex is a software developer at awork, therefore directly involved in the new features we present to you here every month.

The entire software development team works in sprints. This means that the boys and girls must bundle their tasks thematically and then have them completed at a certain point in time. During these sprints, we work almost exclusively on the selected topics.

With this method, everyone knows who is currently working on what, and if there are any questions, it is immediately clear what the colleague means. In addition, you work even more productively and effectively.

For Alex, the dashboard is a great overview, which helps him keep track of his upcoming tasks and projects and see what his colleagues are working on.

So, shall we have a peek at Alex’s dashboard, and find out what widgets we may find there?

This is the dashboard of our software developer Alex
The dashboard of our software developer Alex

My tasks and my daily times:
“I read my dashboard from top left to bottom right. I put the most important widgets for me in the first column: “My assigned tasks” and “my time tracking”.

Here, I have a direct overview of which tasks are due today and whether I have already tracked my times. Through time tracking, I also get a visual representation of what I have already done today. This gives me extra motivation.”

Alex from awork at his favourite workplace
Alex from awork at his favourite workplace

Absences and bdays:
“In the second column I can see birthdays and absences of my colleagues. The absences are especially important for me, because the team and the sprints often depend on feedback from other colleagues or because I can only tackle some things after someone else has completed a process. I have to take this into account when planning my tasks.

In our sprints I am always very focused on my tasks and can completely ignore the daily hustle and bustle in the office. But since the team is super important to me, I naturally also want to congratulate my colleagues when it’s their birthday, so I have placed this widget right in the middle. 😊”

My projects and activities:
“In the last column I have my projects in view, as well as the activity stream, which allows me to see the activities on the projects relevant for me. By doing so, I also have a quick overview of which tasks my colleagues are working on, can give feedback and quickly navigate to the tasks and projects”.

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