In the digital world, we are bombarded with so many tools which claim they can deliver the best organisation and productivity. From staying on top of our everyday lives to tackling tasks at work or for your business, a simple to-do list can get a little out of control.
I’m a total techie at heart and I’m forever on the lookout for new apps and tools to keep everything in one place. I did, however, find a few hidden gems (ok, not so hidden) that might just help you get organised once and for all.
I use Trello primarily for idea generating and keeping up-to-date with my goals.
After signing up to an account, on login you will see a dashboard where you can create boards. Within a board, you can create lists. Within the lists, you create cards. Cards are where your ideas start to take shape. For each card you can add descriptions, due dates, labels, checklists and more.
It’s the perfect place for you to store your ideas and manage your progress. It's my favourite tool for organising my blog posts.
I move post ideas to the work-in-progress stage by clicking and dragging the card over to the next list on my board. Trello lets you attach documents from Google Drive too, which makes it easy to access your files. If you want a place to keep track of your ideas, this is a must have. Plus, you can sign up for a free account!
Keeping organised when working with clients is a huge part of running a successful business. If you are managing multiple projects at one time, it’s easy for the workload to pile up.
Asana is the perfect project management tool for a small business owner, and it’s free! I like to create projects for each branch of my business; design, strategy and blog, etc. Then I add sections inside of each project to break down my tasks.
Asana is my favourite project management tool because it is so versatile. It allows you to customise your tasks, add tags and set due dates. You do get more features if you pay for the upgraded plan, but the free version is perfect if you are just starting out!
Have you ever heard the phrase, “my brain has too many tabs open”? I thought so, and I bet you think that multiple times a day.
You're in luck! Pocket allows you to save URL links and sort them using tags. It’s great for saving blog posts to read later, storing articles for research or even saving images and videos from the web. Organise your saved links by using tags and starring your favourites. You can quite literally keep everything in your pocket with the handy iPhone app!
A simple notebook
Yep, seriously. A paper notebook. I know I have focused on digital apps throughout this post, but I just had to include this in here. I would recommend you carry a notebook with you at all times, or at least have one next to you when you're doing work.
I find it extremely helpful for when I’m planning my work day, or if an idea strikes. I still use my laptop to research online, but I like to doodle my thoughts down on paper. The simplicity of a pen and paper can bring out your most creative ideas and is highly underestimated.
You’ve discovered just a few of my favourite tools for keeping myself organised. I would love to hear what some of your favourites are, please leave your comments below!
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