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|Zach|
01-29-2009, 11:04 AM
I have set out lately to make this a much bigger priority...do you folks keep very organized?

I attached myself to a the Google line of products, Hosted GMail keeps my mail really easy to access and archive...Google Calender does a really good job of keeping day to day stuff in sync. I also have a little filing cabinet and a white board for idea stuff.

It is still hard for me to know when to throw stuff out.

Donger
01-29-2009, 11:07 AM
It's not a conscious thing for me. I'm simply wired that way.

Frosty
01-29-2009, 11:20 AM
Are you very organized?

No

How do you do it?

Very easily - it comes naturally.

rambleonthruthefog
01-29-2009, 11:21 AM
i'm not sure how i do it. my wife is a packrat and sometimes i drive her insane, though. course i'm also cheap and have less crap to organize.

|Zach|
01-29-2009, 11:21 AM
No



Very easily - it comes naturally.

Ha, I admire the consistency.

Frosty
01-29-2009, 11:23 AM
Ha, I admire the consistency.

Just tryin' to help, man.

MagicHef
01-29-2009, 11:25 AM
Absolutely not. Every few months I go through the piles of paper on my desk, and throw away about 90% of it.

MahiMike
01-29-2009, 11:32 AM
Yeah, I think you're either type A or not.

Taco John
01-29-2009, 11:39 AM
Buy the book Getting Things Done (http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0142000280/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233254215&sr=8-1) and also the audiobook. It's important that you buy both for the maximum amount of success. It will change the way you look at organization. David Allen takes a lot of the ideas taht are out there and links them all together in a coherent system that makes getting organized a snap. I've been using his system for a year now with great success.

MagicHef
01-29-2009, 11:40 AM
Buy the book Getting Things Done (http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0142000280/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233254215&sr=8-1) and also the audiobook. It's important that you buy both for the maximum amount of success. It will change the way you look at organization. David Allen takes a lot of the ideas taht are out there and links them all together in a coherent system that makes getting organized a snap. I've been using his system for a year now with great success.

I'd get it, but I'd just end up losing it.

Stinger
01-29-2009, 11:42 AM
People are or they are not by trait, but that does not mean that one can't become organized it just means they have to be dilligent at it. You will not immediatly become organized but it something that if you're dicipline to accomplish it can be done. Once over time you have worked out your system it makes it easier to do and you don't have to think about it.

rageeumr
01-29-2009, 11:45 AM
I am extremely unorganized by nature. My job (project manager) requires me to be very organized. Here are some of the things that I have implemented to force myself to be better:

1. When dealing with electronic items, I use Outlook for as much as I can. I keep my calendar in Outlook, obviously my email and also my "to-do" list. That way it's always on my computer and also on my phone. If I'm away from the office and need to remember something, I ALWAYS put it in my to-do list on my phone. It's the only way I'll remember.
2. I try to keep my "to-do" items separate from my "to-keep" items. For paperwork, I have a single inbox for things that require my attention. I try to push everything out of that box as quickly as I can. If I'm waiting for someone else to be able to finish something, it stays in the box. When I go back through the box (I try to do that daily) it helps to remind me to hound whoever is holding me up. Same thing goes for my email. The only things that I keep in my inbox are things that require my attention. When they are completed, they go into other folders (I'm in construction, so I file them by project).

The most important thing is to get into a routine or put a system in place that basically forces you to be more organized. You can't change your traits, but you can come up with tools to help yourself.

Saulbadguy
01-29-2009, 11:48 AM
Microsoft Outlook + Outlook ActiveSync on my phone. I also never, ever print anything. If someone gives me a hard copy of something, I scan it to PDF format.

Email + Calendar + Task list, I have no reason not to be organized.

The Rick
01-29-2009, 11:48 AM
Buy the book Getting Things Done (http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0142000280/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233254215&sr=8-1) and also the audiobook. It's important that you buy both for the maximum amount of success. It will change the way you look at organization. David Allen takes a lot of the ideas taht are out there and links them all together in a coherent system that makes getting organized a snap. I've been using his system for a year now with great success.
Seconded. This is a very good book/method.

Frosty
01-29-2009, 11:51 AM
On the home front, I married into organization. My wife is a "list person" and very organized. I am a "wing it" person. It can be frustrating at times, but I have found it to be in my best interest to defer to her in a lot of things.

Iowanian
01-29-2009, 11:59 AM
I'm trying to get organized and remain organized.

My home office is in the middle of a remodel. I'm basically a 1 man business, with marketing, paper work, my trade, finding occasional sub contractors, and financials. I keep appointments on an email calendar as well as my binder calendar(for travel).

I keep totes with folders for each client(paper trails), contact note pages(digital) for each client and project, keep a paper "to do" and "lead followup" list.

Its a task to remain organized, but once in a while, I make myself put stuff where it should be. hopefully it will get easier.

I can't afford to forget something or miss an appointment. My business is all reputation.

Bearcat
01-29-2009, 12:05 PM
Microsoft Outlook + Outlook ActiveSync on my phone. I also never, ever print anything. If someone gives me a hard copy of something, I scan it to PDF format.

Email + Calendar + Task list, I have no reason not to be organized.

That's how I do it... pretty simple.

A for throwing things out, try moving. I had a ton of stuff from school... threw most of the undergrad stuff away when I moved to Omaha, and most of the graduate stuff away when I got rid of my apartment there. One or two more moves should do it. :)

Bugeater
01-29-2009, 12:29 PM
I have way too much crap to be organized.

bowener
01-29-2009, 12:48 PM
I take my daily dose of adderrall, that really helped me out. Still, I am rather unorganized.

jAZ
01-29-2009, 12:54 PM
I'm not wired to be organized, and somewhat overwhelmed with things to do all the time. So I've adapted.

I made sure to get a phone that allows me to have a constantly sync'ed calendar and email at all times. That's been my latest and greatest new tool.

It's Outlook/Exhcange/MSMobile based phone, but it allows me to edit a single source of information whether I'm sitting at my computer or on the run.

I also have an app I installed on my comptuer that keeps that calendar sync'd with my wife's google calendar. So that's helped.

I'm still trying to figure out how to keep a running to-do list that works for me.

I've tried note books, but that changes too quickly and gets messy quickly. Using Word keeps it clean, but isn't as easily accessible. I end up ending myself emails and using my email account as a notes system, but that's not ideal at all.

I've heard that OneNote from Microsoft is cool and addictive, but I've not tried it myself.
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/HA101686341033.aspx

jAZ
01-29-2009, 12:56 PM
I've been using google docs more lately and sharing things with others. It's pretty cool.

|Zach|
01-29-2009, 01:07 PM
I've been using google docs more lately and sharing things with others. It's pretty cool.

Yea Google docs has been BIG for my business partner and I...as well as the video chat in GMail.

tooge
01-29-2009, 01:13 PM
yes.
I'm anal about it.
Right now we are having a bunch of work done at the house, so it is kind of a mess. It drives me crazy having things where they aren't supposed to be. Arrrgghh.

Skip Towne
01-29-2009, 01:19 PM
I just wander around aimlessly

Mr. Plow
01-29-2009, 01:28 PM
I've heard that OneNote from Microsoft is cool and addictive, but I've not tried it myself.
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/HA101686341033.aspx

That does look pretty cool. I might have to give that a try.