Don't Drop the Ball

We all have hundreds of tasks, emails and messages pulling at us throughout the day. And because of this flood of information, it becomes easy to miss something important. Whether it's a task you need to complete, a project for review or approving a decision, letting something slip through the cracks will cause headaches later on.

The biggest enemy of organization (and peace) are the last minute, forgotten responsibilities. If only you had remembered about that particular project weeks ago, the pressure to have it finished would be much less. But the deadline is Friday, and you have to scramble to get things done.

The ball was dropped.

The solution for mounds of work is to stay organized. Plan ahead, and finish a project before it's due. Know when and where to archive emails, take meeting notes effectively and refer back often. Get an app for your phone that will remind you of important tasks (I use the built-in Reminders app on my iPhone, with alerts).

Even though the work load may seem torrential, don't miss a beat. Don't forget a task. When you're in a meeting, write down anything pertaining to you and review later. Then, if you realize a task doesn't apply to you, erase/delete it from your notes. Remember, there's never a valid excuse for "oh, I forgot about that."