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Have you worked with people who seem to remember everything and always complete their tasks on time? Most likely, they weren’t born with a bigger and better brain but have found ways to rely on it less, says project manager Liz Hanson. She recommends productivity apps and provides a practical how-to guide on developing a personal organizing system that will help you master your daily tasks and earn the trust of your colleagues.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to develop a personal organizing system, and
  • What apps and software can help you stay on top of your tasks. 

About the Author

Liz Hanson is a digital project manager at Fuzzy Math, a Chicago-based UX design firm. 



Project managers are constantly bombarded by incoming requests, deadline reminders, calendar alerts and in-person queries. Staying on top of your daily tasks requires an effective “personal organization system” – an overarching set of rules that determines how you use the many productivity and time-management tools available. To come up with your own system, ask yourself four questions:

  1. What type of “inputs” do you receive during the day? – List them all, including Slack notifications, calendar alerts, paper-mail deadlines and meeting follow-ups.

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