Looking for Organization and Time Management Tips

Last Update: February 01, 2016

Hi All,

I have an ongoing problem that unfortunately causes met a tremendous amount of grief and stress. I have a whole lot of tasks and learning to do before I make any progress and I can't seem to set priorities because all of it is important.

Someone wrote a blog about this several days ago and it really made me want to organize my business stuff and create files, etc. So, I thought that maybe people wouldn’t mind helping me out by suggesting some of the tips and tricks you have found to be really useful in keeping your business organized so you can always stay on top of things.

Some of my problems are related to time (mis)management, and some related to lack of organizational skills. If you can offer any advice in either of these areas I would be very appreciative!

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Barbara

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bjdluna Premium
Thanks Bart,
Those are some great tools! I downloaded them hopefully they will work!
Thanks very much,
Barbara
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Bart87 Premium
You are more than welcome, Barbara!
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aikiman Premium
I use this method from Stephen Covey 7 Habits, Habit number 3 "The urgent versus the important."

Check whether the matter you are turning your attention to is urgent or important, or maybe both. Urgent matters are usually visible; they press on you. They are calling for action, the phone ring you need to attend to it. You should wonder if the matter is urgent to you, or to other people. And if it is urgent to other people, do you want to put time and effort into it?
Important matters are directed to your goals and values. Goals and values are less visible and hence less pressing. That is why you need more proactivity to get closer to your goals. It is about preparation and being prepared. It is about looking for opportunity instead of solving problems.

It usually helps me when I am too overwhelmed.
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bjdluna Premium
Thank you so much for your suggestions. These sound like very good habits to develop. I really need to do something, there's just too much and I feel like they are all critical so that's no good I have to figure out a way to really determine the varying degrees of critical.

Thanks very much for your help!
BArbara
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bjdluna Premium
Its really a great way to run your business. This way you are proactive not reactive. That is really good thank you!
Barbara
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Martstervt Premium
Hi Barbara, I am sure you are getting some good info from the affiliates but I am just going to speak from someone who has a similar
problem as you.
There are so many things that need doing that it is hard to prioritise.
I find that I have several top priorities that I aim to get done but sometimes opportunity enables me to get something else done that I need to do.
I think it is good to have a to do list and a priority list. But I also think it is good to be open to the opportunities that present themselves.
Altogether it is progress.

Marty
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bjdluna Premium
Hi Marty, It does sound like you have a similar situation too. A list is a very good suggestion, and I agree it has to have flexibility in it in case something even more important suddenly appears.
Thanks Marty, I'm getting some great suggestions here but what I also need to do is to take the time to implement these.
Thanks again,
Barbara
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JLMarker Premium
Amanda has some great ideas. Staying focused is important. There is always so much to do but if you make a list and prioritize that list, do one thing at a time. Avoid clutter on your desk by creating files of your papers and keeping them in the drawer. The more things that you have on your desk the more distraction you will have. The most important thing is to work on your website. After you have done what you need there then you can move on to answering other questions here at Wealthy Affiliate within your community and network
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bjdluna Premium
Yes, this is so true! I think I have ADD or ADHD or one of those things. I'm also very unorganized and have always not wanted to take the time away from something productive like my website, etc. to do organization and clean up but I know that belief is very wrong because being organized and not working in a messy environment would really make me feel better. Thanks so much for your help!
Barbara
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Amanda Premium
Hi Barbara, have you ever tried using Evernote? You can sync your account between the website on your computer and the app on your phone. It's great for making lists on the go. I use it to constantly create and edit different lists (to-do lists, ideas for future articles on my website, shopping lists, packing lists when traveling, etc.) Lists like this help me focus on specific goals. They also ensure that I don't forget any of the ideas I come up with when I'm away from my computer. I can just update the lists on my phone.
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bjdluna Premium
I have heard of Evernote but i don't really know anything about it. I have One Note on my laptop is it similar to that? I can look for a place to download it and give it a try.
thanks Amanda, I really am appreciating all of these great suggestions!
Barbara
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