On staying organized (help!).

September 12, 2013

Friends, I need your advice: What are your favorite ways to stay organized? I’ve got a couple of new projects going on and I’m wondering if I’m working as efficiently as I could be. So far, Google Docs, phone reminders, Dropbox and my trusty (and beautiful) Rifle Paper Co. notebooks have been my saving graces, but I’m wondering: What are your favorite organizational apps, tips and tricks? I’d really, really love to know.

P.S. Remember this article, about how productive people get up insanely early? I am wondering if there’s something to that. Can any of you who do freelance projects while also working a full-time job chime in?

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    eileen ragan | leaner by the lake
    September 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Favorite ST and LT To-List Tool for Personal Life Project Management: THINGS (download in the app store. I have the mobile and desktop)

    Favorite Work To-List and Project Check List Tool: Workflowy (web-based and free)

    I use Google Cal to schedule my personal life away. Like, down to the hour on weeknights so that I know what I’m doing if there’s alot in the queue. I also schedule rest to ensure that I take time for myself when the rest of the life is cray.

    I think you’d LOVE Things for managing things.

    eileen ragan | leaner by the lake

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      Megan @ Pink O'Clock
      September 13, 2013 at 1:59 am

      I was hoping you would comment on this post, E.! You strike me as someone who love to be organized. Thank you times a million for these tips! xoxo–downloading Things now!

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    eileen ragan | leaner by the lake
    September 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    You are so welcome! Let me know how you like it! To be fair – A actually recommended Things to me years ago and I finally bit the bullet and bought it myself when my personal life needed serious managing earlier this year. Hope you love it!

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    Alicia | Jaybird: Home in Motion
    September 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    The biggest reminder that has helped me is that, at a certain point, organization becomes procrastination. Find one system and commit to it completely instead of having several different systems going at once. Of course, I’m a hypocrite, because I use an exchange calendar, a paper planner (I can’t quit you, cute stationery products!), a white board to map projects at work, and a running to do list at home…

    As for waking up early, that has definitely worked for me in the past. Now that I need to be out the door by 6:45-7am though, I’m not too crazy about getting up and going at 5. It’s worth a shot though; I’d give it two weeks of commitment and see how it works for you!


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