Tools/tips for helping with organization
Here are some tools and suggestions to help organize projects, documentation, etc. I’ve tried a lot of things in the past, but here are some things that I’ve been doing recently:
I’ve been using a program called GoalCentrix for the past 6 months. I’m pretty happy with it, but I still prefer using MS Project for more complicated project plans.
This program allows you to organize goals, projects, and individual tasks. This is great for tracking “everything” going on, regardless if it’s due tomorrow or something you want to get done a year from now.
I’ve recently started using mind mapping software to help with organizing any topic that I’m researching. MindManager X5 has been one of the best mind mapping products I’ve used.
I personally like to have a central place where I can keep notes, journals, misc documentation and little tid bits of knowledge/hacks. I’ve been using a program called General Knowledge base. This is a great tool for organizing all kinds of information.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen
Here is an intro: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/Instruction/gtd.html
I’d really recommend reading this. I skimmed this a few years ago and am now re-reading it. Definitely great tips, and some pretty specific advice.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey