How I Stay Organized

I know everyone has their own specific way of staying organized, some more chaotic than others. Mine probably floats to the chaotic side more than I’d like to admit.

I think it’s just the nature of how I work. I don’t like systems or anything procedural like. Feels too much like The Man taking over.

I do like feeling organized though, even if its in my own weird and probably scary from the outside way. So this is how I stay organized.

Internal Organization:

Good old fashioned paper keeps me organized in how I run my business and what I need to do to keep it running. I’m a paper nerd and have used everything from sketchbooks, Moleskine notebooks, to index cards held together with a binder clip (don’t even ask).

Lately I keep coming back to the Field Notes Steno pad. It’ just the right size that I can lay it flat on my desk and jot down notes, to-do lists, misc info, and upcoming phone calls or meetings.

When I go work somewhere else I just flip it closed and toss it in my bag. It’s super sturdy so it would take a lot to beat it up.

Writing Organization:

If you had asked me a six months ago I would have told you Evernote. Today, if I’m not writing blog posts directly in the WordPress editor, I’m writing in a little app called Simplenote.

It’s super basic and the only real options are to tag a note, search, and distraction free mode. It’s more of a brain dump for me. I write in distraction free mode and then add my post to WordPress and delete it from Simplenote.

I always come back to Evernote, so we’ll see how long it lasts.. but so far its been the longest lasting note/writing app I’ve stayed with other than Evernote.

Project Management:

I love Basecamp. I mean really love it. I’ve used it off and on over the years but it wasn’t until the beginning of 2014 that I really started to enjoy using it.

I love it because it has exactly what I need and nothing I won’t use. Like to-do lists, attachments, calendar milestones (events), and discussions. It’s also super easy for clients to learn how to use it.

Having used a bunch of other project management tools, software, etc. Coming back to Basecamp was a delight.

For retainers or work where I’ll have a lot of small to-do items, I prefer to use Sifterapp. If it’s a development project where I’m code heavy with other developers, we might use Github and setup issues as to-do items.

How do you stay organized?

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