I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while, & had a question. I’m just starting out my freelancing career while I’m still working full-time, which means I spend a lot of my time gathering job posts & email addresses, but wanted to know the best way to keep track of everything. I mean, what are some of your tips & tricks to keeping that sort of info organized & usable?
Organized? Who, me? Well maybe, or at least well enough so I don’t miss much that’s important.
I start with a solid calendar and goal setting/tracking package called GoalPro. That’s where I work out my goals, their dates, the reasons I want that and also track appointments. I also make appointments with myself for the writing. For example, this post shows up on today’s calendar as blog2. I have a phone appointnment in about 10 minutes – they’ll call me and I’m already prepared.
As far as jobs, when I’m searching for jobs to post here I’ll sometimes send an email. More often I email the link to myself so I can consider the offer more carefully and decide how I want to respond. If I haven’t responded in three or four days I delete the email I sent myself and move on.
My emails are hand sorted into a ton of folders I’ve set up as needed. I also usually add email addressess I want to keep in my email’s address book.
Paper tends to stack up for a week, and I sort it and throw most of it away on many Fridays. If I don’t throw it away I file it.
Now, I suspect our readers have other organizing tips. Please share them with us.
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