How do you organize yourself?

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How do you organize your business?

i still write everything in pen and paper, im sure theres Excel templates out there and what not, im not very familiar in using Excel.

Thanks.
#mind maps #organize #systemize business
  • Profile picture of the author MouseandMice
    I use a LOT of yellow legal notepad and black pen LOL... but I also use excel spreadsheets to do things like keep track of websites, sales, affiliates, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author david-forer
    I also use excel spreadsheet one for e mails and passwords and another one with all my sites including feeder sites with login and passwords. From there you can copy and paste. Live writer can also be used if you primarily blog
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  • Profile picture of the author tess47
    I find it easier to use pen and paper. I write a schedule every night of what I need to do the next day.

    On my ghostwriting projects, I have a planner book so that I can keep track of where I am at with my clients, when the projects are due, etc. I can check them off as I complete them.

    This works very well for me!
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    • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
      Originally Posted by tess47 View Post

      I find it easier to use pen and paper. I write a schedule every night of what I need to do the next day.

      On my ghostwriting projects, I have a planner book so that I can keep track of where I am at with my clients, when the projects are due, etc. I can check them off as I complete them.

      This works very well for me!
      I too, use a pen and paper for my daily projects. However, I am a master at creating excel spreadsheets to track processes.
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      • Profile picture of the author SuiteJ
        I use mindmaps as well for brainstorming, and planning out projects. Check out this free software. You can create up to 7 for free and it has crazy cool features. You can embed youtube videos, etc. and they'll play right inside the map.
        Mindomo - Web-Based mind mapping software

        Then, for all my list of tasks, I use a Mac app called Things. It's simplicity is excellent!
        Things - task management on the Mac

        Oh, and try not opening your email for the first 4 hours that you work. Do it! It will cause major anxiety for the first week or so but will subside after you realize how productive you're being when you start the day getting right to tasks.

        Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    Hi,

    First and foremost I use Mind Mapping. I use the Free mind map from FreeMind - free mind mapping software

    Secondly, I use vertauls post it notes. You can move them aroung. Paste from the internet (greatest research tool) and store them. I've written entire ebooks on them. You can write a paragraph on each one and then arrange them then cut and paste to a .doc Crawler.com - Crawler Downloadable Products Help

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    • Profile picture of the author Kyle Tully
      Mind maps for projects & brainstorming.

      A4 daily planner for my daily to do lists.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matias1021
    i meant organize financially.........like get all my credit card due statements in one place, checking account, monthly expenses, basically everything is all over the place for me.
    Whats the best sotware out there?
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    • Profile picture of the author George Wright
      Originally Posted by Matias1021 View Post

      i meant organize financially.........like get all my credit card due statements in one place, checking account, monthly expenses, basically everything is all over the place for me.
      Whats the best sotware out there?
      One word. Wife,

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    • Profile picture of the author Rob Whisonant
      Originally Posted by Matias1021 View Post

      i meant organize financially.........like get all my credit card due statements in one place, checking account, monthly expenses, basically everything is all over the place for me.
      Whats the best sotware out there?
      gnucash works great and it's open source.

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    • Profile picture of the author Charles E. White
      Originally Posted by Matias1021 View Post

      i meant organize financially.........like get all my credit card due statements in one place, checking account, monthly expenses, basically everything is all over the place for me.
      Whats the best sotware out there?

      Gee, I wonder why everyone presumed you were talking about your business

      This is easy put all your bills in a hat and when the creditors call and say they haven't be paid, just tell them you haven't pulled their name out of the hat yet, they'll understand.
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  • Profile picture of the author Juris
    Hey there.
    I write everything down in notepad.. its messy when you got a lot of documents on your desktop but still i some how keep myself organized..
    Probably I should search for some better methode to write everything down in some other programs (went looking for one)
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    • Profile picture of the author Vikkeedee
      I also use the Legal Yellow Paper - Old School Still
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      • Profile picture of the author Traffic_Is_King
        Don't laugh at me guys. This is the progression. Sometimes my brain does not have enough harddrive room. I run out of gigs very fast So I write my goals on my hands with ink first. Yes the original Palm Pilot. I need to see them constantly as a reminder to myself and to maintain my focus and clarity. It's a bit excessive but it works for me. From the hands it goes to the whiteboard in my office. From the whiteboard it goes into a mindmapping program. This is the best way for me to stay on track.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Bruno
    I use Systemizer Software.

    Systemizer Software

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    P.S - I also use a whiteboard
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Clemons
    we have 7 whiteboards in our office (and still growing) lol. Plus all the info in my brain / folders on my hard drive. Everyone is different
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  • Profile picture of the author Samuel Lee
    Try getting a daily planner to log your daily activities and I find it easier to plan things just using a pen and paper. I keep and maintain a schedule log every night of what I need to accomplish the next day. In doing my ghostwriting, I typically have my own planner log so that I can keep track of where I am with my clients and affiliates, so I can check them off each activity as I finish it. This makes for a very efficent work practice every day! Hope this helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Fenty
    Windows Note Pad
    Windows Vista Sticky Notes.

    no fancy software for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Traffic_Is_King
    Just saw you mentioned organize your finances. You know what, I have used microsoft money and quicken. I'm just not disciplined enough to use those. Quicken seem to be the one I used the longest. For me the learning curve to use them was too much. I'm the type of person that wants to understand all the features to make sure i'm using the software effectively. Just didn't have time to do that. So what I do is keep a notebook and at the begining of the month write down what I owe and what I need to pay off for business and personal. That way I have easy access and I can write notes on the fly. But for software can't really give you a clear cut answer.
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  • Profile picture of the author DH Harris
    I use mind maps and a Quartet dry erase board.
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    • Profile picture of the author partyzone
      I use Outlook office notes. I post things to do, plans, etc. Then just delete the note when I'm finished. I use Quickbooks for business....but jot things down on my notes then enter into Quickbook once a week.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
    I have a folder for Accounts Payable.

    Paper bills go in it and then after they are paid they get a stamp and get put in the back of the folder behind the paid divider.

    Everything else is paypal or amex.
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