Posting by Jerimiah Owyang on his personal blog on staying organized

Jerimiah Owyang, Sr. Anyalyst at Forester Research: Social Computing writes about staying organized in his blog. The link and article follow but you'll need to visit his site to see the many ideas on staying on top of things.

Jerimiah writes:
I've got a pretty intense schedule, in the past I've written about the many tasks of an analyst in the day job, and I also spend time being in the conversation by maintaining this blog, being active on twitter, maintaining communities in Facebook, and attend many events. I've got a personal life, spend time at the gym, am a husband, and have a social circle that's not even connected to the tech world.

Technology isn't always the answer to everything, in fact I actually don't use a digital device as they take too long to input, aren't always available, are fragile, and there are risks of battery life limitations and data loss, so I use paper.

Here's how I stay organized:

I use a Moleskine, the medium size in fact, but any book will do.

I use two pages each week (or more often) to organize my tasks.

For every task, I create a small checkbox, for items that are urgent, Ill mark with an "!" mark. As I complete tasks, I'll check them off. Just about every week I'll recreate the list, reprioritize, and consolidate. I find that writing the tasks down actually helps with me subconsciously brainstorming, and reviewing you go to bed at night is a great way to put your internal employee (your unconscious mind) to work. This is why you'll often notice my blog posts come in the early morning, I sort my problems at night.

On the top left column, I list out all of my personal tasks to take care of, house, car, bills, important dates, medical issues that need to be dealt with.

On the lower left I list out blog ideas, (you never know when you'll get them) it's important I write these down, as sometimes I'll forget, and that's very frustrating. Both of these rarely exceed the whole page.

Now on the right hand column, this is dedicated to my work requirements, and it quickly fills up the half of the page in no time.

When I see more than 10 tasks, I know it's time to start to really focus by prioritizing, turning off distractions, and hunkering down to get my work down.

This process has been working well for me, although I'm not a star analyst, I'm meeting the requirements of a new analyst, and so far, I've not dropped too many personal tasks.

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Comment by Arthur Jones on May 22, 2008 at 1:39pm
Thanks for posting Jerimiah Owyang's blog on staying organized. I read the blog and comments and discovered a few interesting tools I was previously unaware of. Tools like "Remember the Milk" and "Wet Paint" that I will be trying out.

Art Jones


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