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Tools/tips for helping with organization

Submitted by on March 13, 2005 – 8:25 pm 92 views No Comment

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:

Project Management

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.

http://www.goalcentrix.com/

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.

Documentation

For research
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.

http://www.mindjet.com/us/

For personal
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.

http://www.baltsoft.com/product_gkb.htm

Recommended Books

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0142000280/qid=1110585083/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-2940735-7628833

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
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0743269519/qid=1110584958/sr=8-2/ref=pd_csp_2/002-2940735-7628833?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

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