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How can I be more organized?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Allie Albatross, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Allie Albatross

    Allie Albatross Junior Member

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    I've read that alot of people like to keep their daily tasks written down on just plain notebook paper, but my desk never really has any room, and I prefer using my computer to write tasks. I've thought about putting together a To-Do webpage, and setting it as my Active Desktop. I also tried making a folder for each method I was interested in, and keeping a daily log of of my actions, but that slowly died off. Maybe I'm just one of those people that will never be organized? I mean, just look at my actual computer desk. Anyways, I'm very open to suggestions and methodology's that fellow BHW members take advantage of.

    Excuse the mess, I'm currently packing for when I go to college.

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  2. wawawiwa

    wawawiwa Regular Member

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    why don't you use google calendar,
    it offers you even a free sms notification of your event.
    just make a schedule of what you need to do and keep the discipline.

    btw, you should upload those pics to digg, may be you'll get dugged, :icon16:
     
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  3. low key

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    nah. but thanks.
    WTH is all that stuff on your desktop?

    Some gamboy crp and a nintendo ds and all those cartoony figurey thingy things.

    edit: wait this just gets better. you have a ps2 thin, ps3 and an xbox. You use a gameboy? WTH. A PSP and a nintendo ds.
    And those cartoony thingy things are even in the way of your TV!
    WHAaa

    I mean all those consoles in the same place. What for?
     
  4. dragon77

    dragon77 Power Member

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    use excel and notepad to make agenda and keep important information together in one place
     
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    keinehabe Supreme Member

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    it's seems you are still just a kid who wanna '' play '' with other toys :) ... it's not yet time for you I think to think to be more organized lol .... :)
     
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    the 2nd pic reminds me of my bed
     
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    I use a Franklin Planner and stick to my daily task list
     
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    First i would get rid of all those anime figures , I doubt you play with them anymore ? Doubt they are for that anyway , more like collecting or such ..., Pack those manga's on box and put on somewhere, you can read all those online. Sell those DVD's and get 10tb HDD space and you can DL most of them from web.

    Also if you write on paper its only task of few seconds rather than some computer file you need find it open it and save it, also same thing every time you need find what you was supposed to do.
     
  10. Allie Albatross

    Allie Albatross Junior Member

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    Would anyone that actually keeps a tangible journal, be willing to upload a picture? Just want to get a general gist of what it's supposed to look like. Someone also suggested using an online service "Remember The Milk", which I may look into. I certainly am not going to litter my monitor with sticky notes all over the place, like I've seen at my bank.
     
  11. mmBob

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    try this: http://www.treepad.com/treepadbiz/
     
  12. Allie Albatross

    Allie Albatross Junior Member

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    I tried a little experiment this morning, going for the webpage plan. Didn't quite workout as I intended. As I started listing what I needed to get done...it became more and more apparent that I had no clue what actually had to be done. Now that is something to think about. My failed attempt is below.

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  13. Alex Brooks

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    I'm trying to be orginised myself and to stop saving so much crap to my computer, I do a lot of reseach each day on new methods and what not, now I just open a ebook, not asve it, then jot down notes on the ebook's method to remind me later. :) I find it much easier over all and if I need to, I'll write up what I need to do to perform the method. Although I should really keep better track of my earnings/spendings/etc.
     
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    Getting Things Done---By David Allen.

    Read it and worship it.
     
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    * Habit 1: Be Proactive
    * Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
    * Habit 3: Put First Things First

    Habits 4, 5, and 6 then address interdependence:

    * Habit 4: Think Win/Win
    * Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
    * Habit 6: Synergize
     
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    throw anything that is for entertainment purposes out. get it out of the way. your work enviroment should be filled with things that are workrelated so that you stay in a work work mindset.

    ps: r u blowing all your money on anime porn? that set up would make anygirl think twice of fucking you if you managed to get her to your room in the first place.
     
  17. Keedev

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    No point in keeping all that junk open on your desktop. Get a dry erase board.
     
  18. Rhianni32

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    Whichever format or process you use to keep a list of tasks be sure that it doesn't cause new problems.
    Like if you have a website for your tasks don't make it hard to get to, login, edit, upload, save, whatever.

    Personally I just use a regular old pad of paper that tears off along the top.
    I make 5 columns, 1 for each day of the week that go about halfway down. Then I draw a line across the paper halfway down the page.
    The top is for my tasks and every Sunday I map out a rough idea of what I want to accomplish. Find, install, and test an article rewriter is this weeks.
    Then each day can have their tasks to check off. X backlinks on site Y etc.
    The bottom half is for notes and scribbles of things I find online.

    I also use sites.google.com. Yeah yeah its the evil G but I've found its a useful way to store documents and organize all my different ideas as I am copy and pasting different IM techniques and pieceing all this stuff together as I learn. For those familiar with Microsoft sharepoint its basically that.

    I've found that making lists not only helps me stay organized but keeps me motivated. It breaks things up into manageable tasks and is easy to work then from starting with nothing and ending with making tons of money.

    As for the anime....
    get it off your desk. give yourself some space to work and remove the distractions. I can appreciate a collection of good manga and figures. Walmart or Target should have shelves that are cheap and you can put them up easily. Place your figures there that you dont want to get rid of. You'll still have them on display but they wont be distracting.
     
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  19. goldengod420

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    Well, I at times had trouble keeping things together and papers can pile up real easily and before you know it, you have a mess. Here is what I have done in order to keep many different ventures running as smoothly as possible.

    1. Build a workspace. My workspace has grown and now takes up close to the entire downstairs at my house, but once upon a time it was a small office. I cleaned the room completely and then figured out what I needed and where it would go. A clean and efficient workspace will do wonders. Keep nothing there that is unneeded. I started with a small desk and my computer and that was about all. Minimal works well.

    2. Organize your paperwork. Some people have more paperwork than others. When I first started in the IM game, I used one of those large folders with a bunch of different sections. I kept track of who I was working with and also reports of the business I was doing. This worked well for awhile, but eventually I outgrew it. I now have multiple file cabinets and trays for invoices, incoming mail, and outgoing mail. At the current point, I have a lot of paperwork I generate so this is needed. Figure out the volume you need to organize and then find the solution.

    3. Calender. I have one of those big calenders that sit on the desk that I do multiple things with. First, I write down all meetings and obligations that I need to fulfill. Next, I set deadlines for projects at the beginning of each month and then update at the beginning of each week. I am one of those people who can find themselves on several projects or procrastinating if I do not have a deadline. Set goals and deadlines. They work. Also remember, set attainable goals. Do not say I want to make $1000/day. Find the steps you need to take to make $1000/day and then attack those goals. If you set goals to broad then you will find yourself with a lot on your plate and it will slow productivity. Narrow down to what you need to do and do it.

    4. Dry Erase Board. I have like 5 of these hanging up around my office space. I tell you, this is the best thing I have. I saw one of these boards at my parents house awhile back from when my dad used to coach my soccer team and I "borrowed" it. It is pretty big so I use that as my main board. I set up everything I need to get done that day on that board. It also serves to let a couple of people I work with know what needs to get done. It really keeps me on task. Another example is I keep track of orders for shirts, signs, and lettering on another board.

    These are all just suggestions. Find what works for you and keeps you on task. If these things don't apply to you, then find what does. The key is to plan out what you need and then make it happen. I hope this helps. :)
     
  20. 195471

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    This is what I do:

    1. I keep my desk clean and uncluttered.
    2. I use a legal pad to make a list of things that I want to get done the following day, and I cross things off as I complete them. Anything that doesn't get done goes onto the list for the next day. This is a method from A1ex M@ndoss1an that works really well for me (see link below).

    Code:
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Internet-Marketing-Action-Secrets-How-to-Create-Your-Master-To-Do-List&id=1012729