1 Giant Tip to Get Things Done

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I just thought I would add something that has been working really well for me in the past few months and its a subject that I don't often see coming up on WF.

Time management and project management can dramatically increase your productivity which is something I feel a lot of offline and online marketers struggle with. We work on computers which leads to endless amounts of distraction so making yourself accountable for the time you spend makes a massive difference.

I work predominantly offline, though I do dabble in a small bit of online marketing where I tend to do most of my testing. I would like to share 2 FREE tools that I believe are indispensable and can really increase both your business and your own productivity. I actually use the project management in my personal life with both my girlfriend and my housemate. I have 2 separate projects setup for the 2 facets.

The first website is Freedcamp - Free Project Management. This is a real gem and allows you to manage as many projects as you feel necessary with various user roles. I add my clients to their project and both parties are able to track the progress. The website is based off of the paid solution, Basecamp and does a admirable job of managing your projects. The best part is their is absolutely no need to pay for anything if you're cash strapped. I don't think you need to pay for stuff if there are viable free alternatives that do the same function as the paid version with the same level of quality.

The second website is http://toggl.com/, it makes time tracking really simple. This functionality is included in Freedcamp, but I find that Toggl does it better for what I use it for predominantly, which is to track my own output. For example, I'm learning a new programming language and I would like to spend 1 hour a day on it. Toggl makes sure that I actually spend a hour, and not 35 minutes with other 25 spent on the warrior forum.

I believe that these 2 together are a great asset specifically Freedcamp. If you work offline as I do, then it gives clients a lot of confidence in you're ability when they see how effectively you manage the project. It keeps everyone accountable. Another side effect which I love is the way it actually makes your clients accountable too. I find that the time it takes to get content, bio, photo's etc is reduced substantially because they feel accountable for the tasks they are assigned.

I really hope this helps someone. Have a great day!
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  • Profile picture of the author bradstern
    Hi Baadier,

    These topics have been on WF for quite sometime already if you always check the threads. In fact, this is my favorite list of software that has helped me and my team increase our productivity:

    43 Project management software alternatives

    Basecamp, Dropbox and Time Doctor are my personal favorites.

    You already mentioned some of them. Your thoughts should also greatly help a lot of productivity geeks here like me
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Even something as simple as writing what you want to get done during the day can make a huge difference.

    I wonder, how many people don't even do that?

    It has been said that every minute of planning saves three minutes of execution. That means that project management and scheduling your day is not time spent, it's time invested.

    All the best,
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    • Profile picture of the author bradstern
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      It has been said that every minute of planning saves three minutes of execution. That means that project management and scheduling your day is not time spent, it's time invested.
      I love this Michael! Very well said.
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  • Profile picture of the author andybeveridge
    Thanks for the share. I particularly like the second one. Very useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author conanedo
    thanks man i believe in power of focus and you made the software for it, thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      Thanks for sharing your tips and this software. I am a list person and always make a to do list at the end of each day on what I need to get done the next day. I don't quit until my list is done. It has always worked well for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author WesBlaylock
    I've been diggin https://kanbanflow.com for a killer to-do manager.

    It's free!

    Wes Blaylock
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  • Profile picture of the author evco8
    Thanks a bunch really helpful
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    • Profile picture of the author melissatafa
      If you're looking at a longer term project - one way to stay on track is to create a Project Plan.

      You can do this using a free service called Plan Anything. (http://www.plananything.com)

      I'm biased since I work for the company, but with testimonials such as the one below, posted on Get Satisfaction, I figured what harm would it do to spread a little love! :-D

      "Brilliant, I am speechless!

      I am so fired up, this is exactly what I need to get me going, and, at the same time, feel confident I am doing the right thing with my niche.

      Dig deep! I love it, now all my thoughts are coming to the surface, and I am able to create a textual picture for my website. Already, I feel 10 lbs. lighter and I am not even half way through.

      Paul, your genius never ceases to amaze me, Mazeltov!"
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  • Profile picture of the author cwill184
    Baadier Sydow, love the fact that you project manage your girlfriend! Lol, seriously project management does help. if fact it is something to help me get a bit more focus on what I need to get done and I've recently implemented this to push forward with some new ideas.
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  • Thanks really helpful advice!
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    One of the things that I do each night before I go to sleep is to think what I need to do the next day to move me closer to my goals. Then I put them on paper and write what I need to do.

    Then when I go to sleep I don't have to "think" in my mind what needs to be done. I just know on paper and then I can fall asleep faster and not have to worry.

    I know that there are way too many people out there that do the opposite and not write their next day tasks down. They wake up and start to think what they should do. They sit there for like half an hour and some still don't know what they are about to do.
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