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How a Naturally Disorganized Person Like Me Keeps Her Sanity and Gets Things Done

I hear this all the time:

“How are you getting things done? I know you work for Copyblogger now. How are you keeping Big Brand System going at the same time?”

To which I reply, “Well, there’s Piper.”

Piper is my secret weapon. Piper is the content manager here at Big Brand System. She keeps the blog posts flowing by wrangling guest writers (and even me) into line when it’s time to get a post ready for publication.

And she keeps all Big Brand System email communication going by putting together those great-looking blog post emails and Weekend Digest newsletters thousands of you receive.

But it’s not all Piper. Because lots of business people have help. And just having extra help isn’t enough.

Because at the heart of it all has to be some kind of system for moving things from ideas to finished product. And when you’re running your own business, that system starts with you.

My organizational crutches

Years ago, there was a commercial that started, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.”

That’s how I feel. I wasn’t born an organized person. I’ve struggled with disorganization all my life.

But I’ve developed a few systems I’ve used very successfully to help me along the way. So now I can play an organized person every day I show up for work.

Some of the systems are super obvious:

  • Don’t work all the time.
  • Prioritize, so you know what to tackle first
  • Plan ahead so you’re not caught by surprise
  • Get help: you can’t do it all alone

Plus, there’s one special secret weapon I use every day

Don’t laugh: it’s a to-do list.

You use one too, I’ll bet. But yours probably looks different from mine.

My to-do list has been honed over years. I’ll probably keep refining it, but for now, it’s a simple — but powerful — system that helps me to accomplish great things.

What does your to-do list look like?

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2 thoughts on “How a Naturally Disorganized Person Like Me Keeps Her Sanity and Gets Things Done”

  1. I wear a lot of “hats” at my work. Keeping track of everything threatened to overwhelm me. While it’s not a traditional to-do list app, I have found Trello (https://trello.com/) to be simple & flexible enough for project planning and to-do lists. My $0.02.

  2. I am so happy to see that the Brown Bag Webinars have returned. They are so good. I enjoy your podcast Hit Publish at Rainmaker FM as well. 😀

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