Author: Randolph Infinger (@dolphin_finger) Organization+ Software= Success
Organization and efficiency is something everyone is always striving to be better at. Here’s a short list of some of my favorite software/apps that have made organization easy while working in the music industry:
Slack: Organize your team
Emails can be overwhelming when working on multiple projects as sometimes threads are lost or details misplaced. Slack allows you to create seperate “channels” to communicate with team members regarding specific projects. The instant messaging that is provided in these channels is amazing for quickly asking a question without cluttering inboxes or interrupting work flow.
Dropbox: Organize your files
If you’ve ever lost data due to a computer crashing or lost hard drive, you know the feeling of losing your hard earned work. I put almost everything in Dropbox including venue contracts, financial documents, photos and videos, release/marketing plans and much much more. Dropbox also makes it incredibly easy to share your files with others how you wish. I find myself sending a dropbox link out almost everyday. If you’re not so keen on Dropbox’s price, Google Drive is a fine alternative.
Remember: one local backup, one offsite backup, and one cloud backup for safe measure. (Yes, it’s overkill but hey you don’t want to lose that awesome video you made!)
Evernote: Organize your thoughts
I write everything down; if I don’t I know I will easily forget. Evernote takes note taking to a whole new level. This isn’t just a checklist app, but a comprehensive list that allows audio recording, links, tables, you name it. Personally I love the cloud feature because I can start a note on my laptop and finish it on my phone at a later time.
Omnidisk Sweeper/Disk Doctor: Organize your computer
If you work in photo or video editing, you probably already use a program such as these to get rid of those pesky cache files. Often people complain of “bogged down” or “slow” systems and this is the first step I take to help remedy that. With laptops/computers being the primary way we conduct business, we have to treat them with same respect we would take treating our cars. Think of using something like Disk Doctor as a quick oil change for your system!
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