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1 Simple Organizing Tool that will Change Your Life

You all know how much I love to-do lists and planners. Well, I have discovered something new which I am absolutely CRAZY for!

This organizing tool is EXACTLY what you need to manage your time better and be more productive and efficient - starting right now. It's super simple, easy, and customizable to fit YOUR wants and needs. Read the article to find out more!

Let me back up a moment. A lot of my work, for both my blog and for the work I do with clients, is ongoing long-term work. That means that I have to chip away at these projects a little bit each day. And that can be tricky to keep track of and manage, especially when it’s time-sensitive projects such as social media!

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But then I discovered this new organizing tool that is absolutely perfect for helping me to juggle everything I have to do every day or second day or once a week…

Write down a list of everything you need to do, divided into clients or projects, and place it in a plastic sheet protector.

Use a dry erase marker to check things off as you do them throughout the day. The next morning, you can wipe it clean and start over!

I can’t believe how genius, simple, and effective this tool is.

I got the idea from Mama Miss, when I recently purchased her mid-year blog planner (which is a really nice, super comprehensive resource! I highly recommend it!).

The only issue I had with her daily maintenance page was that it included some things that I don’t do, and it was missing other crucial things for me.

So I created my own version.

My page is divided into two columns, one column for SaganMorrow.com work and one column for my major clients. From there, these are sub-sectioned out into tables (such as “Blog,” “Facebook & Twitter,” and “Other”), which include three columns: a blank space for me to check things off, the actual task itself, and then the approximate amount of time that task will take me.

I find this tool to be extremely helpful in juggling all of the different work I have to do each day, and it’s oh-so-satisfying to check things off as I complete them! Using a dry-erase marker over a plastic sheet protector makes this an environmentally-friendly organizing tool, too, and one which you can keep reusing day after day.

This type of tool is perfect if you ever feel a little overwhelmed, as it breaks projects into very manageable pieces. It also ensures that nothing slips through the cracks—which, of course, is extremely important for your own work and for your client work.

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Have you tried this tool? Does it work for you? Is there another way that you organize your work that you’ve found to be super effective? Share in the comments below!

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  4. Thimgan

    I use a 1 week dry erase board, so that I can easily change my tasks. I also am limiting myself to 3 priority tasks per day,(alla Tim Ferriss) so I am able to fit it all on there. For client work, I’d probably need something like you’re using. Right now, this is for business building.

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