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How do you stay organized?

Postby levicc00123 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:06 pm UTC

From the humble paper planner to David Allan's Getting Things Done, how do you tay organized in your daily life?

I personally use tomboy notes as my GTD system.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby postinonthenets » Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:38 pm UTC

oh man, I don't.

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby wst » Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:42 pm UTC

I rarely know the date, so I just ensure I have everything with me all the time. Which amounts to about 20kg in my bag. I hardly feel it now though.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby icanus » Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:57 pm UTC

todo.txt sits on my desktop, tasks are inserted at the appropriate place in the order. when they're completed, unless they're things like "get milk", they go into done.txt.

Occasionally a particularly involved project with lots of sub-tasks merits a %projectname%todo.txt

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby It Should Be Real » Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:29 pm UTC

A planner. :D Lots of felt tips, gel pens and glue.

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Tautology » Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:01 pm UTC

Usually, I don't, despite the fact that I am a horribly forgetful person.

If something is really, really important, I'll use my phone. It has a sticky note application so that I'll be able to read a note I left myself if I look at my phone's main screen. I've found this to be the only way to guarantee that I'll remember anything because I check the time on my phone every other second.

I've tried other methods of organizing myself but it always ends in failure, because I forget to check it. Sigh.

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Schmut » Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:57 pm UTC

I rarely maintain organisation, though this past week has been different. I've kept myself busy developing a couple of websites and writing scripts for a couple of short dramas. I didn't consciously decide to do it, but every night when I'm done working for the day I've been jotting down all the things that I must do tomorrow. Several pages back I've got a list of things to do within the two weeks I have off from uni. Now, nearing the end of the first week; I'm actually on schedule.
But, I'm sure as soon as uni starts up again my method for organising this break will be long forgotten and I'll fall back into anarchic routine.

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Chuff » Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:59 pm UTC

A powerpoint calendar >.>
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby thatthatguy » Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:09 pm UTC

Back in school, I just put everything I anticipated needing in a week in my backpack. I'd go through my notebooks and do whatever homework there was and put it back. This method breaks down when projects too large to do in one sitting come up. Dang highschool study habits that don't work so well in college/university.

Now that I'm trying in vain to get by in the "real" world, I take a few minutes every morning and update my "to do list" spreadsheet. Every week or so I sit down with my boss and we go over what's on the list, drop things that are done/not important anymore and add new things he wants me to do. All in all a pretty good system if you have an attentive boss willing to spend 15 minutes a week keeping you productive.

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby The Big G in Charge » Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:04 pm UTC

There's a notepad widget for google desktop, usually any random important thought goes there as soon as I have it

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Velict » Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:37 pm UTC

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Yeah, I've largely stopped using non-digital planners at this point in time. Electronic is just so much more convenient.

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby benjhuey » Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:55 pm UTC

I've begun using a planner. Unfortunately, all I write down is a schedule I've already memorized.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Luthen » Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:06 am UTC

Generally I don't "keep" organised (I can keep everything together in my head). However, as recently things have returned to levels similar to end of high school, I'm going to have to get another A5 tiny diary.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby You, sir, name? » Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:00 am UTC

I don't.

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby J the Ninja » Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:50 am UTC

iCal. BONUSES: It has a dashboard widget and syncs to my iPod. I tremble and wonder at the thought that I was a full time student and had a part time job for several months without it. Now I can't imagine juggling both of them without my electronic calendars.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Cynwulf » Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:42 am UTC

You people are all weird.

I have... eight, that's right, eight yellow sticky notes all over my desk at the moment.

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Postby Kyran » Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:56 am UTC

And so that's why the specific cal...wait..where am I?

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby mrcheesypants » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:31 pm UTC

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Postby ‮eseehC­­­ » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:57 pm UTC

I use either a few textfiles in the "textfiles" folder on my deaktop or a note on my phone - I have a large collection of small pointless notes that I have no intention of deleting and which I look through for a bit of nostalgia every now and then. I'd get a whiteboard, but I wouldn't be able to put it in this room (near my computer) anytime soon. I'll maybe get one when I move out and have (slightly) more freedom in decorating my living space.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Naurgul » Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:09 pm UTC

I have a todo.txt in my documents which includes two lists: The active tasks and a hierarchy of goals and tasks. I have at most 5 active tasks at once, which I copy to gmail's Tasks. Each morning, I check to see if there's less than 5 active tasks and I add some appropriately. Then, when I'm about to do something I allocate time for it on my calendar (Again, I use Google's solution). The whole thing is probably a bit of an overkill but with my procrastination being what it is I need every tool I can get.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby _Big_Mac_ » Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:56 pm UTC

A combination of todo.txt and yellow stickynotes.

I try to either have little work in todo (so I don't get the "where do I start? hmmmmmm" procastination thing) or bulletpoints with short, achieveable and measureable goals. A sticky note for a game I'm writing looks something like this:
28 III 2009
1. Integrate OIS into ControlSubsystem
2. Make a model of a wheel in blender
3. Have dimX, dimY and dimZ read from .cfg


Note that when I task myself in making a model of a wheel, I don't try to import it into the game engine, texture it or do anything else with it afterwards. I have a set of goals and I do nothing more than them (unless I'm left with time after finishing everything).

Be realistic with yourself, completing a set of small goals feels much more fulfilling than not finishing a big one. It feels good ticking bulletpoints at the end of the day. It's better to task yourself with too little work than too much - just keep it regular and you'll be way ahead.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Ptolom » Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:34 pm UTC

I combine the ideas of stickynotes and todo.txt with gnome stickynotes.

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Gojoe » Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:42 pm UTC

Whiteboard all the way!
Also, notes on phones works so well. I mean it beeps! We have a utility at work where i set a date and a time, and it will text my phone a preset message. I use that to remind to do work things (like update my times). Once you get into the swing of things, you can use these things less and less.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Whelan » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:29 am UTC

I don't either, but an iGoogle widget called countdown helps me remember when specific big things are coming up. The school given planner is useful too, sometimes.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby thatguy » Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:20 am UTC

Stacks.

Also, constantly trying to shirk responsibility.

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby stolid » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:58 pm UTC

Like someone said earlier, I have todo.txt on my desktop as well. I occasionally write notes on paper at my desk. At school I turn a book/binder side ways in my locker (high school) if I'll need to take it home that day.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Jessica » Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:05 pm UTC

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby year in the sun » Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:29 am UTC

organization is for . . . um, what's that thing that klingons are always saying stuff is for?

i don't. i know this is going to sound weird, but i'm almost prepared to swear now that trying to 'organize' makes me start forgetting stuff i would ordinarily remember perfectly adequately if i just left that side of my head alone. i never bring as much chaos on myself as i do when i try to 'get organized'. i might pack every item of my work clothes into my bike bag in exactly the order i'll need put them on when i get out of the shower. but in the process something else, something crushingly vital, will vanish entirely out of my mind. i'll drop my house keys into a letterbox, or my wallet into a garbage can, or absentmindedly courier the cat off to arkansas, scoop oatmeal into the coffee machine . . . i've kind of learned to Fear my moments of organizational inspiration.

basically, the seat of my pants seems to have a far far better idea of everything that's going on than the part of me that i use for thinking with. i guess i should wonder a bit what that means.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby thatguy » Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:30 pm UTC

OK, in order to get organized before I go to college, I have recently purchased a whiteboard/corkboard combo and a notebook-y planner type deal.

Any suggestions on how to make sure I actually use them?

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby stolid » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:24 pm UTC

You could draw funny (related possibly) pictures on your board.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Schmut » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:37 pm UTC

stolid wrote:You could draw funny (related possibly) pictures on your board.

That's how generally make notes at uni. Rather than the boring suggestion that we write down relevant information as it is spoken to us, I listen and wait and summarise everything with relevant pictures. It's actually very effective.

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby Cynwulf » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:15 pm UTC

stolid wrote:You could draw funny (related possibly) pictures on your board.

This is more or less a universal constant. Typically whiteboards in the working world are also filled with inane crap.

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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby eternauta3k » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:32 am UTC

I write down assignments along with the rest of my notes. Since I rarely read them, I rely on remembering everything. It's simple and scales to any number of tasks! And by that I mean it's a mess I'm gonna have to fix eventually.
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Re: How do you stay organized?

Postby TheCitadel » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:38 pm UTC

When some very important event is coming up, I change my bracelet from one wrist to the other. It annoys me all day, but at least I remember that I had to do SOMETHING. I used stickynotes all around my room too, till I found out I kept forgetting to read them. Now I just keep track of the things I have to do with an appointment book. I don't read that either.
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