So, readers…help a list-crazy-but-never-quite-organized-enough person out.
I’m a sucker for the Next Best Thing (NBT) that will magically keep me organized, and yet I rarely commit enough to anything to give it a fair shake.
I’m all about the lists, but WHERE to keep them? And HOW BEST to use them?
After an intensive discussion yesterday with ubertechnology user friend Rush who uses everything and makes it work for HIM, I’m still left wondering what will work best for me.
And this Web 2.0 world full of zippy, cutesy, helpful free apps is just a giant candy jar for people like me who aren’t always sure that a simple pen and notepad, calendar and address book work better than the NBT.
Use Gmail to corrall and mastermind all email addresses? Use Google calendar and contacts? Use this beautiful new address book from Real Simple? Use Ta-Da Lists? Use Backpack? Use Sandy? Todoist? Jott? 30 boxes? Google stickies? Remember the Milk?
I’m not over burdened with traveling and meetings, but I do manage, like all of us, tons of projects at home and at work with plenty of easy-to-forget details in both places.
It can’t be harder to manage than my life already is—any system I adopt can’t be its own project! It has to be visually appealing, it has to be intuitive and I need to be able to access it easily at home and at work.
I’d love to hear about your system, any system, and why it works for you, even if it is just a gorgeous Moleskine notebook and a freshly sharpened #2 pencil.
Because I’m going to stick one of those pencils in my own eye if I can’t get more organized than this.
Edited again to add: I had no idea how much I would love hearing about your systems. Please, keep sharing! This is like organizational p-o-r-n.