If you're going to write consistently, and proficiently, you're going to have to keep track of a lot of stuff.
There's the stuff for your blog:
- Drafts / Works in Process
- Links to articles and websites
- Photos and other images
- Prior posts you've written (to link back to, or to share)
- Product review notes (if you review any products)
Double all that information if you also write a monthly newsletter. And again if you're active on social media.
It's a lot to keep track of - And that's just from your writing! What about the rest of your stuff: client files, prospects, appointments, task list items, receipts and paperwork for the cpa... Yikes!
The simple answer is to think to yourself "yeah, I should remember that for later" or "I can always look it up when I need it." But it's not that easy - after a few months (and especially after a few years), there's no way; it's simply too much information. In fact, you probably won't get past those first few months without being organized.
How to Organize
I always say to use whatever method works best for you. Digital or paper, ios or android - anything that helps you remember is fair game.
I use Evernote. Big time. For everything.
One of these days I'll write a good post on how I setup my Evernote system, and why/how it works so well. But for now, I'll point to Part 1 and Part 2 of an Evernote post I wrote back in 2011 - it's a good place to start...
- Chris Butterworth