A new year, undoubtedly, means new resolutions. Whether the idea of making resolutions fills with excitement or that opening sentence just made your eyes roll, there is a universal truth we can all agree on: getting organized and staying on top of priorities is a never-ending challenge of business owners, executive, and managers. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite tools for getting sh*t done!
- Bullet Journaling. One of our team’s favorite tools over the past year or so, the Bullet Journal method is a great tool for prioritizing tasks. We’ve each adapted this method to meet our individual needs and work habits and that adaptability is what makes this method so functional!The basic concept: create one list each morning (or the night before for my fellow night owls out there!) with all the tasks & events that need your time & attention. For example, my list includes the things I need to touch for clients and Lab Tactical… but also includes reminders about friends’ birthdays, yoga class, and travel plans. This balance between personal and professional responsibility helps reduce the time you need to spend prioritizing your day to the best, most productive you possible. Learn how to start your own Bullet Journal here.
- Rocket Book & Moleskine. An overlooked tool of organization is the right notebook… and there is something to be said for incorporating the analog into our digital world. According to a 2014 Muller & Oppenheimer study, The Pen Is Mightier Than The Keyboard, taking notes with pen and paper vs. a keyboard can increase your retention of information! Moleskine notebooks are archival quality and come is a wide variety of sizes, colors, and page options (such as blank, ruled, or grid).
The biggest challenge, however, can be sharing those notes and insights with the rest of the people on your team. Enter RocketBook. We are big fans of this unique notebook because it pairs an app with the notebook that easily allows you to take a picture of your notes and share them via email, upload to a digital notebook (like OneNote or Evernote), or share to your favorite file-sharing service (like Google Drive or Dropbox.) This makes for a seamless transition between analog and digital, allowing you to make the most of both worlds.
- Evernote. This is one of best digital notebooks on the market. It’s easy to use, offers free and paid options, and allows you to createa searchable archive of your notes and ideas. In your Evernote account, you can create a “notebook” for each big project, concept, or topic. For example, you may want a notebook for each product line you’re focused on or for each branch location you oversee. Additionally, each note you create can be tagged with keywords (of your choosing) to easily search and reference notes you have created and archived. Last but not least, Evernote also offers a web clipper as a plugin for Google Chrome. This handy tool lets you extract and save web content (text, images, or links) with about 2-3 clicks which makes it really easy to share information with colleagues or simply revisit the details at a later date.