I am all about simplification. My personal organization varies depending depending on energy level, but I love being simple and I love being direct. Recently, I am a fan of making a list of 5 things I want to accomplish the next day. No more, no less. This way, I am focused on the tasks at hand and on what immediately matters.
- Make a list of 5 things you want to complete tomorrow. Whatever you don’t finish, move that to the top of the list the next day. Add in tasks where you complete items.
- Keep this list manageable – an example item could be: email client x back regarding y, or pull keyword ranking report and email to client z. Don’t put “optimize website”
- Keep this list small and tight – each bullet should be no more than a sentence
- If anything requires a URL, login or pw or complicated process, put that item in your word doc so you have it handy
- Focus. No Facebook, no instagram. Close your email, turn your damn phone off and knock out the task
- Still have ADD? Try something like http://www.productivityowl.com/ – this little bugger forces you to focus
- Don’t multi-task. You only have 1 task. The task is the task.
- Keep a log of things completed in Excel (You should kind-of be doing this anyway, but if you are not, just make an Excel file, break out clients by tab, and put completed items in there by date)
- Crank through more complex tasks when the coffee kicks in OR after a light snack.