Happy Sunday guys and girls,

I have been going old school for a while using my notebook and whiteboard to set out my tasks, record useful links, schedules, key points made by influencers, etc, etc. But these days I have been drowning a bit with information overload. So I am wondering what do you use to keep track of it all. I tried Excel for a while but fell off. Is there an option that you have got good results with? Thanks for any advice you can give me before my boat takes on too much water.

Hugh

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Newme202 Premium
This is what I do NOW
I used to put all my information online in my Word document
I found that there are so many distractions both on my mobile as well as on my laptop

So I went old school
I got a folder that has separate compartments
I put a title and heading for whatever topic I'm researching or have researched on each folder

Go to my word document
Transfer that information and print it, storing it under the requested folder

As they are set out in alphabetical order. I can easily access them
If it is a blueprint that I create or liked. I go one step further by laminating it and filing it under the appropriate header

Now I don't get confused or walking like a headless chicken anymore because I have found a way to be more organised
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YvonneBray Premium
Sounds great Simone.
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Newme202 Premium
Thank you Yvonne
Still a work in progress but it is definitely making better able to handle all these new information that I am getting daily
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Only1Hugh Premium
A method that has been tried, tested, and found to withstand all the upstart apps that come and go. Me likey. How do you treat with videos that you come across that you wish to refer back to?
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Newme202 Premium
I just put the link in the info before I print and file
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Newme202 Premium
Glad you like 😀
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1Rudy1 Premium
"Whutchu talkin bout?
What overload...?

HAHAHAHA...

What works for me is to keep it simple.

Just because I CAN keep track of something, do I NEED to keep track of that particular thing...

I don't know about your juggling skills, but more than three, I start either to drop things, or throwing them...grin.

I use excel.....for everything, you can create new workbooks(pages or sheets) within the same workbook.

You mentioned using Excel at one time, I suggest you start entering there again...a few lines at a time so it won't feel so ....overloaded...grin..

Hang in there, brotha....don't forget to breathe...

Rudy
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Only1Hugh Premium
Okay, Rudy with your added endorsement I really need to deepen my use of excel as you suggest.
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1Rudy1 Premium
Start out simple...no need to add everything back all at once!
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Only1Hugh Premium
Yeah you are right. No herculean effort needed to go back and try to add all the useful stuff that I have saved.
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RichIrons Premium
Check out Trello or create a Task Board on your white board with three columns labelled TO-DO, WORKING ON, and DONE. Move sticky notes with tasks written on them across the board.

It helps with prioritizing tasks and you get a sense of accomplishment by seeing the done list get larger as things go from to-do to to-done. At the beginning of each day, I move completed tasks to the DONE column, and I move the most important task to the WORKING ON column. Review priority once a week.

For my daily to-do list, I either use a simple text editor, like notepad++ or I use a small spiral notebook that I always carry with me. I like the notebook, because I scan easily draw a line through the tasks I have completed.

For quotes or other great advice that I come across, I store them in a text editor file on my computer. I don't like to get bogged down by having them all up, so I take my top three goals, quotes, inspirations or whatever it is, and I put those three or so on a whiteboard to keep me going through the week. I occasionally replace one of them with another. Since I have it on a whiteboard, I can easily erase one and write another. But the notepad document has all the quotes and advice that speak to me, so that I don't lose them.

I revisit the list about once a month or so. But you don't need everything in your face all the time. It becomes noise. Keep the stuff that speaks to you, and select your top picks to view daily and keep you going. Put it on your whiteboard, or your bathroom mirror, or someplace you're going to see it and read it.
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webcash2us Premium
There's some really great advice in these comments, with more then one way to over come becoming overwhelmed. I started with white boards, post it note's and a oven timer when I first tried to steal my time back...lol.

Later on I created one folder that pertains to all things I do with my ventures, inside that folder is more labeled folders containing docs, links, scripts, account info, images, project idea's and much more. Rather than search for things lost I place everything in that main folder or in one of the sub folders of the main folder.

The reason I choose this method is because my organization was all over the place. I don't want to spend all of my time looking for things twice. The big distractions and time management was a huge hurdle to surpass for me. I was terrible at that when I started out with WA.

When I feel like things are too much I step back and allow myself a little time for other things like fishing or a bike ride. When I do this I find that I come back with a fresh renewed vision for work. I was so frustrated I wrote a blog post about it on one of my sites which is ranked page one position one on Bing for the keyword that I used.

WA Rocks!
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Only1Hugh Premium
Hey John like you I am partial to the Old School folder approach. It's easy to access, portable and you can get to the topics pretty quick once it is catalogued well. I sense that I am going to have a hybrid approach with this and for longer or video formats I can perhaps refer to a soft folder or system.

Good going on making that frustration work for you in placing in the number 1 position. That's awesome.

Really appreciate the feedback.
Hugh
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lesabre Premium
Hi Hugh, I am pretty sure you don't have a boat, but you do have one of those super yachts.

I have the training that comes from Israel, Ayodeji, Partha, etc. go into a library I have set up on outlook.

When I am on Live Chat I always have my windows notebook open and I add links that would come in handy into it.

The rest of the time I just yank out my hair, pretty soon I will have a head like yours.

All the best,

Michael
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CassiOfTroy Premium Plus
I confirm that he has a yacht, Michael. 😂
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lesabre Premium
Hi Cassi, always nice to see you. Oh, I know he does :)
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Only1Hugh Premium
And Cassi is my co-pilot
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lesabre Premium
You really are a lucky man.
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