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project managerHow often do you experience a day that can only be described as “crazy?” Nowadays, people are so busy juggling work, family, home, volunteer projects and, oh yes, down time, that feeling stressed and haggard are far more common than organized and calm. That’s where companies behind the myriad offerings of project management software come in. Such software and apps are designed to help people inject some sanity into the breakneck pace of our lives so we can accomplish our goals without losing our minds.

Currently, the most popular project management software is Basecamp. More on that offering later. Bitrix24 is an up-and-coming competitor, and it’s free. Interested in sharing documents within your organization, managing tasks and tracking time? Those are just three of the services featured in Bitrix24’s social

Bitrix24 also offers users real time updates, notification settings and the ability to share company-wide announcements through intra-office communications. Not only that, users can schedule events, attach files, and even receive immediate feedback from colleagues, all within a personalized Activity Stream.

What’s not to like about Wrike? It’s free for up to five users and is available both online and as an app for your smart device. It bills itself as ideal for small business owners, partly because of its native integration

In January 2015, gave Wrike a rating of four out of five stars. It’s especially useful for business people who still embrace emailing, a communication technique that has lost some favor in some circles.

With over 1 million Android downloads and named among the best project management apps by Google Play, Trello touts itself as a tool for making group projects simple to organize and complete.

Despite all the competition, Basecamp continues to be the king of project management software. Perhaps because of that, it’s no longer free, unless you’re a Basecamp Classic account holder from 2012 or are a teacher. Still, with services starting at $20 a month, Basecamp isn’t designed to break the bank. While some of its competitors offer more features overall, Basecamp is a time-tested, reliable project management software when you need to get organized quickly.

One four-year user of Basecamp described it as “a great experience.” Another stated that with Basecamp, it’s impossible to lose anything. Guess that devotee has not seen my desk!

Tami Kamin Meyer is an Ohio attorney and writer. She may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or @girlwithapen. Last modified on Wednesday, 03 June 2015
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