How to stay organized?
In the mist of Covid-19 (Corona Virus), we at JDS WebDesign are hoping everyone is safe, washing your hands frequently, sneezing and coughing in your elbow, and practicing social distancing. Over the next several weeks, we are planning on blogging about how to make your website more business friendly. We will have some tutorials on our favorite plugins and features, which will make your site more efficient.
One of the age old questions is how to stay organized? As you grow in your business, this could be the differences from having a good or bad day. Many services have cropped up in the past several years. To be very frank, I still use the index card method. Purchasing white index cards to write down task for the week and month, and color index cards for daily activities is an awesome organizational tools.
Incentive are built into my system, with days (usually hours off…for completing weekly task by mid day on Friday). How about a few of my favorite services to assist with staying current on task, inventory, and finances (which should be apart of your organizational concerns). So let’s dig into how I stay or attempt to stay organized.
Asana is the best services for keeping up on your task. Using the free version, I receive annoying emails about upcoming task and delinquent task. The ability to keep your clients on notice, with regards to the progress of the project is invaluable. The ability to provide clients with task, such as content gathering deadlines has become an invaluable tools. You can schedule meetings and keep everyone on the same page. Just for your information only, I use Asana and the index cards together. I need to see the visual index cards and receive the annoying emails. I guess everyone has funny quirks…mind is Asana and index cards. Go figure…
Toggl is a time measuring tool. Toggl runs about $20.00 a month. It is a great investment. Most use Toggl, when billing clients, as you can click on the tool and it will measure the time you speak to a client, as well as the time you have spent on a client’s project. Which is GREAT!!! It offers a single click to track time. It will log time, no matter where you are on the web…no need to log into the site to track time. You can measure all your pain points and what actual task are taking up the majority of your time. My biggest use of Toggl is the measure of cost verse time for projects.
Wave as it called, even thought the domain is waveapp, is a free invoice service. You can use this application for accounting (see how much you spend and receive…my cpa loves it). You can use it to bill clients by sending invoices, collect payments (even has recurring tool) with paypal, stripe and checks. You can send receipts. It has many other features…but I only use the invoice, and accounting. Such a wonderful tool…when I was using another popular tool, which I will not name, my account took over an hour a week. Waveapp has cut that time down in half…love, love, love it.
Hopefully you will try each of these tools and let me know your thoughts.
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