Sticky Notes Part II – The Practicum

A great follow up post from our friend Josh:

2 weeks ago we talked about my friend and his sticky notes – the big point: your technology doesn’t make your organized, YOU make you organized. All the tech in the world doesn’t change how you approach, prioritize, and organize your life.

So, here’s 10 simple tips for getting organized – from theory to practicum

  1. Reject the idea that bright, new, and shiny will make you more productive. Only you will make you more productive.
  2. Think before you act: “If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.” – Albert Einstein
  3. Place blocks in your schedule to accomplish this thinking, for a simple method, check out this post by Edward Sumner.
  4. Decide to say no to everything that’s a distraction: “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are.” – Steve Jobs
  5. Accept the limits of every tech you use – nothing can do everything, so use each for their strengths – I’ve spent way too much time researching how to integrate my tools when I could have been getting things done.
  6. Reduce the overall number of tech tools you use to stay organized. The more places you have to go for information, the more you have to remember where everything is stored.
  7. Reject the overly complex for the simple. For personal stuff I just use my iPhone reminders, for work, check out todoist. Simple and it just works.
  8. Keep a clean email inbox. Disorganized people have cluttered email inboxes, and I’m really often guilty of this! In my best times, I’m keeping it clean, here’s how.
  9. Every time you complete a task or log a visit with a donor, create a future task for the next touch point, then you won’t be worried about forgotten follow up.
  10. Consistency is king. This is the most significant tip! The person consistently using sticky notes for his task management system will be more effective with their time than the person inconsistently using several high-tech-cloud-sync-reallypretty-superpopular high tech tools. Nike: just do it.


Do you have other tips to share? Join the conversation at @infosmallchange #ascblog

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