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Don't Agonize, Organize

Pick a Day, Any Day

A study of business executives found that a majority of them cited Tuesday as their most productive day of the week [source: Management Today]. What's yours? Try to schedule your most important or toughest tasks for high-energy times of the day and week.

The first step in getting organized is to write down the things you need to do. This is an ongoing process and a key to effective time management. The goal is to get it off your mind but make sure you deal with it. It doesn't matter whether you do it with fancy computer software, a personal digital assistant, a smartphone or a simple pad and pen. Use what works.

Next, set up an effective filing system. Again, arrange it in a way that works for you. Whether it's organized by time or project, this will give you a place where you can store the material you'll need -- and find it later.

Organize your work flow. Some of us are naturally neater than others, but a desk piled with random heaps of paper and festooned with sticky notes almost guarantees wasted time. Clutter is an enemy of efficiency.

One way to begin the organization process is to keep a time log for three days. A realistic look at how you are currently using -- and misusing -- your time can be both a guide and a catalyst for organization.

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