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The Simplest System A CEO offers her insights on saving time by using an ordinary notebook to plan the business day and more.
I tried one once -- the kind with a loose-leaf binder with a dozen sections for different types of information. With that system, I had to spend so much time prioritizing my to-do list and deciding where things should go that I could barely focus on running my company!
My method Business management notebook so well in my company, which specializes in book and author publicity, that I now insist that most of my employees use it.
The system helps them do their jobs, and it helps me keep track of their work and my business. Best of all, anyone can use it. All you need is a notebook.
One purpose of the notebook is to keep all the information you need in a place you can always find it, even months later. Then I start listing the things I need to do.
When I finish I pick about five of the most pressing items and prioritize those, with a big number next to each task. I leave the left-hand pages of the notebook blank, so I can jot short notes during conversations or attach miscellaneous information I want to save.
I cross out items as I complete them, then add to the old list until it takes up several pages.
At that point, I carry over uncompleted items and start a fresh list on the next empty right-hand page. For me, that usually happens every few days or so. Each project has its own folder, and I keep extensive notes there. I also have a calendar for appointments.
The notebook I use only for assignments and tasks. In one place, I have all the information I need about -- 1. Everything I want to get done, both personally and professionally; 2. Everything I want to assign to my employees.
The notebook system is the best way I know to stay on top of the many details involved in running a business and supervising people. My notebook is so important that I never take it out of the office, and I insist that my employees follow the same rule.
If I go to an off-site meeting, I take notes on a pad and transfer assignments to my notebook later. Perhaps a notebook seems old-fashioned in our electronic age, but I find it more convenient than even the most user-friendly computer.
If your day is as hectic as mine, why waste time on complex time-management systems? Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. For those, I suggest a business journal at home, where no one in your company will be tempted to read it.
Now I can stop worrying about that normal seasonal dip and instead prepare for it.
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The notebook system is the best way I know to stay on top of the many details involved in running a business and supervising people. OneNote for Projects. by Melissa P Esquibel on June 24, Just use the Ctrl+K shortcut and connect to the page in the notebook with the information.
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