How do you manage your projects?

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Hi,

Lately I am having some trouble organizing my tasks. In the IM world there is quite a lot of work to do... research, marketing, seo, review, etc... So, what kind of tool or software do you use to keep track of your tasks, future goals etc...?
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  • Keep it simple. Use an excel document. One sheet per project with a list of what needs to be done. Just keep it updated with dates, details and other information and you'll be set.

    No need to overcomplicate things.

    Michael
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    • Profile picture of the author GetBack2it
      Originally Posted by Michael Levanduski View Post

      Keep it simple. Use an excel document. One sheet per project with a list of what needs to be done. Just keep it updated with dates, details and other information and you'll be set.

      No need to overcomplicate things.

      Michael
      I do this, but instead of excel I use Google Docs Spreadsheets. Easier to share and access from any computer or smartphone
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  • I use a simple pen and a pad, or a text file or spreadsheet. There is however a huge market with thousands of products targeted at people who feel that they are disorganized. (I've tried almost all of them from mindmap programs, to task managers etc) however I can tell you that the solution for your issue will not be found in software. I'm going to take a wild guess and say that your current desktop is cluttered with icons, and that you find yourself spending most of the time trying to find a file you saved on your hard drive. If so, then the issue most likely is inside of you. (deep, I know). But start there. Google how to organize tasks, etc. Also, there comes a time when you need to start delegating task to others, I.E. outsourcing. But that's another book.
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  • Outsourcing and having a personal assistant are a MUST dude...
    But as for me, i own several companies and some of them offer services to very high-end VIP clients such as the directing managers at some of the world's biggest brands, and some others provide videos for 7 figure launches, so having the contact info and/or pre-released content of such important individuals and projects makes me hesitant to allow almost anyone else to access them in order to manage things effectively.

    So for those businesses i have started to utilize a project management tool called Basecamp , it is by far the easiest and most effective of such programs i have ever seen and i would give it 100 out of 10 stars.

    The website is: www.basecamp.com
    and you can have i think a 2 month free trial to check it out and the plans start at around $50 monthly if i am not mistaking.

    The cool thing about this is not only will it help you ease your life and scale your business, but you can also invite vip clients onto it so they can have access to updates on projects as well as documentation,etc...

    This is a value added to a service / offering if you position this extra feature correctly

    Hope this helped

    - K
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    • Profile picture of the author lowriderzzz
      For time management I use a digital timer so i can stay focused for long period of time without distraction.

      I strive to create habits.

      Sales I keep in Excel sheet. Leads and visit by Google Analytics.

      Depending on the scale of the project you choose if you need more or less people to do more jobs or if you could handle it by yourself. Usually for me I do the research since I get ideas on what to look for. Routine repetitive jobs I outsource, delegate and hire ppl to do. Usually leave the creative part and risky part of the project for myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author bestadservice
      Originally Posted by TheViralMarketingSystem View Post

      Outsourcing and having a personal assistant are a MUST dude...
      But as for me, i own several companies and some of them offer services to very high-end VIP clients such as the directing managers at some of the world's biggest brands, and some others provide videos for 7 figure launches, so having the contact info and/or pre-released content of such important individuals and projects makes me hesitant to allow almost anyone else to access them in order to manage things effectively.

      So for those businesses i have started to utilize a project management tool called Basecamp , it is by far the easiest and most effective of such programs i have ever seen and i would give it 100 out of 10 stars.

      The website is: www.basecamp.com
      and you can have i think a 2 month free trial to check it out and the plans start at around $50 monthly if i am not mistaking.

      The cool thing about this is not only will it help you ease your life and scale your business, but you can also invite vip clients onto it so they can have access to updates on projects as well as documentation,etc...

      This is a value added to a service / offering if you position this extra feature correctly

      Hope this helped

      - K
      Yes - basecamp could be a good start to scale, the most important thing is to focus on the projects which bring the most of the money - either using a notepad or something else(anything is easy for you) - then with other small you can experiment different management programs when you have time
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  • Profile picture of the author twister85
    I just do it. I mean you have to do every process one by one and none of them can be done before or after, it has to be done one after another. you can't install the seats until the car has made right?

    If you have no Idea what to do at the right time, heres the tip:-

    1. Take a paper and pen.
    2. Write the goals you want to achieve and can be accomplished within a week.
    3. The goals must be specific and up to the point, universal goals will not do any good.

    ex. I have to complete the ebook cover today.
    rather than
    I have to make the product ready this week.

    4. Your goals must be attainable, you should be able to do them as a human.
    5. while marketing a product, set up a goal for income in the matter of time. it should be realistic, don't just write I will make $5k this week, your earnings are directly proportional to your product progress and sales.
    6. you must set an amount of time for each goal, try to complete it within the time period.
    7. now stick that note on your note board and follow it.

    I've used this and can assure you that it really makes you more punctual than working randomly on anything.

    good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author ProEFI
    Basecamp is a fantastic collaboration tool, but it falls far short of a real project management system. Activecollab is a great self hosted platform that has more of the project controls features that are needed to help manage projects.

    Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author commerce cat
    I use Basecamp for collaboration with my team - it's expensive but it's a real joy to use.
    Trello is a good free alternative - but it's very different. I use it for content planning (I'm going to post an article on how I use it later this week on my blog).

    I keep all my tasks in project folders in Omnifocus (Mac only sadly) and my daily task list in Clear (Mac, iPhone) It all syncs up nicely so I have my personal task list with me everywhere.

    The most important part is to review regularly! A full review weekly and then a quicker daily review.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I use a simple MS Word document i created for myself to stay on my grind everyday. I get in, get out.... then go on with the rest of my day. Excel spreadsheets? ... lol not even close to how i want to manage my business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Pescetti
    For every 10 tasks you do, 8 of them aren't necessary... most of the time.

    Cut out what isn't going to build your brand or could ultimately harm your campaign(s) in the long run.

    Pick one big thing/task to a day. Do it awesomely. That's it.

    Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
    Like several others, I keep everything on excel.

    Unfortunately it's grown to several excel sheets.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    We use HighRise and I simply love it. Some of our customers do use it too, after great feedback from us.

    Awesome. Couldn't live without it.
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