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Double-Checked: Use Checklists to Stay Organized

Staying organized is key to staying on top of your workload. It’s far too easy to let projects pile up when you’re storing them in your mind palace. I hate to burst your bubble but there’s not as much space in there as you might think.

People get distracted. We lose ourselves in one task and neglect others because something else stole our attention. We’re also prone to making excuses, going to insane lengths to procrastinate.

Start using a checklist/to-do list.

Time is a precious commodity none of us have enough of. Every instance you forget an appointment, miss a deadline, or push a project back instead of prioritizing it, you lost minutes of productivity that quickly turn into hours. As a startup, revenue and growth equate to how much you can get done in the shortest amount of time possible.

Make a list and check it twice. If it’s good enough for the big man in red, it’s certainly good enough for you.

Download An App

It doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone, Android, or Google phone these days. If you need help with something, there’s an app for that. Google even has their own: Google Tasks. It’s free and simple to use, so there’s no reason not to give it a try.

There are other options, of course, if you want to get fancy. Evernote, Bear, Todoist and Wunderlist are just a few of the to-do list apps available to help you get organized. Each has a free version and a premium version, in case you want to spend money on some added features.

Check out the app store on your phone, test out a couple, and stick with one that fits you best. None do? Well…

Use Your Phone’s Calendar

…there’s all always the calendar on your phone.

Why clutter your phone more when you already have a useful organizer at your fingertips? You can add events to specific times on individual days. The option set alerts allow you to bypass secondary alarms since you’ve set it to go off and remind you in the calendar itself.

Whether it’s the calendar on your phone or an application like Google Calendar, there’s no need to learn something you. These are basic option practically everyone has access to. Take advantage of them.

Consider Trello

Trello is a great option for task organization that looks like an app but is actually a free website. All you have to do is sign-up to start testing it out today.

You have a job board that you add cards to that can be moved, edited, archived, and, most importantly, have checklist added to them. Think of it as a digital corkboard where you can pin up various projects.

Not only is it great for personal use, but you can add people to the job board as you see fit. Use your Trello account to delegate tasks or keep it to yourself.

Whatever keeps you ticking off that checklist.