2015 … Really?
Sort to folders: I’m a content junkie, so I enjoy getting information that I can share, but I have created folders to more effectively manage my email box. I also set up rules, so when related emails come in they immediately go into their marked folder, allowing me to go in and read them when I am ready and not fill up my inbox.
Desktop: Clean up your workspace. I like when I do this. It just makes life easier. I try to keep spots on my desk for specific things. A pile of paperwork related to phone calls I need to make, a section with paperwork related to emails that I need to send, another for work I need to tackle. I still work within a pile system, but just having the piles divided goes a long way.
Use the Sky: Consider using cloud-based tools to share and save documents. Google Drive lets you store up to 15 GB for free, while giving clients or colleagues access to collaborate. We are starting to use this tool more. I love using Dropbox for documents and pictures. It gives you 2 GB of free storage and offers easy ways to get more free space.
Note-taking: One key to staying organized is effective note-taking. I still use a dedicated notepad at my desk and also love Evernote, which is an excellent free app that gives me access to my notes on all our computers as well as my phone and iPad. If you are a Post-It note fan, 3M has an app and there are several other sticky note apps.
Throughout the year business ebbs and flows. For me, the fourth quarter is pretty crazy. On the FreePromoTips side of out business, we are talking with suppliers about how we can help them reach distributors as they budget for 2015. And we are developing new, innovative ways to communicate business-building content. Watch for a new SuccessTracks format that’s coming soon.