I discovered this amazing program after my high school English teacher wouldn't stop raving about it. And now I know why! It's so handy for organizing all of your different departments of your business. I use it for everything in my life - prepping for physics tests, organizing fellowship applications, boring grownup stuff like keeping receipts, and especially for running a business. I write all of my blog posts in Evernote, and organize notebooks by departments like collaborations, shipping, and press.
2) Google Calender
If you're not using this, you have to sign up instantly. Not only does this include a Tasks lists for reminders and unscheduled activities, the most exciting part is that it comes with colors! Below is a partial snapshot of what one of my busiest weeks look like. Don't just vaguely label each event "Study" or "Write." Be determined and focused, not pseudo-motivated! As you can see, for some activities, I am very thorough.
Do: "Write Organization blog post (include Google Cal/Evernote), email Bead Amigas for potential collab, edit photos from Pasadena photoshoot (change color balance)"You get the idea. The difference is huge. Vagueness makes procrastination easier since you don't have a clear idea of what you want. By planning out exactly what I need to do for each time slot, I get right to work without procrastinating since I know I have to finish this in order to stay on schedule.
Don't: "Write some blog posts, edit photos, email people"
Do: "Read Ch. 25: Metallic Conduction, annotate lectures w/Morse Code method, draw visual map for Ch. 25 , review questions for office hours @ RH 524"
Don't: "Read and study Physics, go to office hours"
If you do mess up, don't fret. You're only human! Give yourself more time than you think you need to manage your business. This allows you to shift things around and make up for what you didn't do the next day.
Thanks to the inimitable Cal Newport for introducing these scheduling tips.
I've modified them into a style that works for me and it's amazing what a good schedule can do for business matters and academics, especially.