Getting Organized for Your Search

Finally I found a way to get organized and get the things out of my head and into a to-do list I can really use to be productive … NOW!  Do you know the feeling?

This is what I did:

I worked through Michael Linenberger’s latest edition of his book: 

I was so impressed with my increased productivity that I’m now working through his next book, 

Master Your Workday Now!: Proven Strategies to Control Chaos, Create Outcomes, & Connect Your Work to Who You Really Are.

I really appreciate these two books.

Why?

Because I have quite a few projects going at the moment that will really increase my value to my clients and I could not have even begun to make meaningful progress on them without his help!

The first book is about getting control of the “fires” – be they email or interruptions from well-meaning staff and colleagues.

The second book helps you move up Maslow’s pyramid to goals and visions for your whole life.

We are all working on more and more projects with less and less time. 

These two books really cut through the noise and get to the heart of the day to help you manage your priorities, your attention, your energy and your time to accomplish your important goals.

Since then I’ve discovered Contactually, a way to stay in touch with the important people in my life.  It is a great “tickle” file and has templates to help me know what to say.

And I’m trying out Workboard by Velocity. It may be more “horse” than I can ride.

What helps you be productive and make progress toward your goals?  I’d love to hear in the comments below … thanks!

I’ve also found a few other methods of organizing a job search.  I don’t know how well they work but have included them as resources:

JibberJobber: www.jibberjobber.com

SuccessHawk: www.successhawk.com

What do you use to manage all of your tasks for your job search?

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