Yesterday I posted about the fabulous online course with Victoria Hudgins on the AltSummit Channel about organizing your digital world. Today I’ll finish my detailed explanation of what she taught us as well as a few other
pinteresting interesting points. Exciting stuff!!
10 Day Digital Organizational Challenge
- News Feed (Web-based Aggregator)
- Social Media
- List Making
- Inspiration Private
- Inspiration Public
- A Plan for Reviews
- Buy yourself something pretty!
Social Media – Do you have a personal and a business Facebook page? Do you have a personal and professional Twitter account? Then you should be using a Social Media Dashboard! Victoria uses Hootsuite, but after a bit of digging through that ever helpful reference called the internet, I found that Beautifully Invisible was able to give me the pros and cons for each of the most common programs.
Desktop – I know I’m probably the last person on this planet with a computer that didn’t realize that putting things directly to your desktop uses up more memory and makes your computer run slower in general. I’m sure I’ve heard this before, but it never clicked until Victoria said it. I usually only use my desktop to put pictures for inspiration posts or things that I have no clue how to categorize, but no longer! I now have a hand dandy folder under My Documents with these things.
List Making – You can ask my best friends growing up…I’ve always been a list maker. In my Student Daytimer I had a list for places I wanted to go, things I wanted for my Birthday, etc. Thank goodness the digital world is so evolved to let me do this online – AND I CAN EVEN TAKE IT WITH ME! I personally am a huge fan of Evernote and Sticky Notes. Evernote has so many features that I just can’t go into them all, but here are my favorites: voice recorder instead of typing (useful for interviews or catching a sound clip), notebooks (further organizing your notes), sharing from your PC to your phone (because I think of the best things when I’m out & about), and adding pictures into notes.
Inspiration Private – You might have thought of this (especially if you are a designer or blogger), or you may not…there are some things that you might not want to share with the blogosphere…YET. So if you are working on a blog post, working on a new product, a new design, etc., you might just want to keep it to yourself. One way to do this is to use Evernote or keep folders on your computer.
Inspiration Public – As the 3rd largest social network, Pinterest is one of the fastest ways to keep your public inspiration organized. Create boards to keep all of the similar items together. Another program to use is Thoughtboxes. It is an online brainstorming program that makes getting together with your co-workers or getting feedback (you can even use it for a meeting agenda) so much easier.
A Plan For Reviews – Now that you’ve set yourself up for success, you need to make sure you manage your digital organization on a regular basis. Otherwise, you might fall into disorganization again. I plan to quickly check these items off of my list once a week in order to stay organized.
Buy Yourself Something Pretty! – I am positive that if you ask my husband, he will tell you that I already do this on a regular basis. But I think I might buy another organizational tool for my business (perhaps Sage ACT) when I finish this checklist!
A place for everything and everything in its place.