Getting Organized

Screen Shot 2014-05-04 at 4.11.25 PMOrganization is one of those things that I love but am horribly bad about practicing. I see the value in it, I see how I can improve all aspects of my life by getting better organized,
but I am constantly struggling to implement the little things that can help keep me organized on a daily basis. Because of this, I’ve decided to do a little series of blog posts about organization, and the various things I do in my life to try and keep myself on the straight and narrow.

This first post is going to be an overview of the various tools I use in my day-to-day life to keep myself from going insane. I’m not going to go into details on any of these programs, but rather just list out what they are and their various uses. I’ll go into more detail on them in future posts.

Organizational Tools

  • Scrivener
    • This is the writing software  I use for all of my projects. But what sets it apart from most writing programs is that it’s more like project management software than just intended for writing. It’s action packed with features, and I could probably dedicate an entire website to sharing how I use Scrivener and the various things it can do.
  • Calendar App
    • The more diligent I am about staying on top of my calendar, the most productive I am. I work my best when I’m looking at my calendar everyday so I have a sense on what I need to get done to meet both short term and long term goals. If I have a blank calendar, I’m probably being very inefficient.
  • Trello
    • This is project management software I just found that actually inspired me to make this post in the first place. I only just began using it, but so far I’m a fan. Looking forward to sharing how I setup projects and tasks to make sure I get everything done.
  • Wunderlist
    • This is a list app that I’ve been using for about a year now. I don’t use it as diligently as I used to, but I’m still pretty good about adding things to it that I don’t want to forget.
  • Daily To Do Lists
    • This isn’t an app at all. Just grab a piece of paper and make a to-do list for your day. I’ll go into more details on how, why, and when I make these lists. They’re very important.
  • Freshbooks
    • I’m slowly transitioning everything over to QuickBooks, but for most of the year I’ve been using Freshbooks to track business expenses. Even after switching to QB for accounting purposes, I’ll still be using Freshbooks for time tracking purposes. I’ve found a wonderful app called ChronoMate that syncs to my Freshbooks account and lets me quickly and easily track all of my time. I’ll go more into the importance of this later on.

So that’s a quick overview of some of the things that I do and use on a daily basis to keep myself organized and on task. What do you do to make sure you’re meeting all of your personal and professional goals?

Leave a comment with your thoughts :).