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Chapter 10. A Crash Course in Getting Or... > Setting Up Mission Control - Pg. 104

A Crash Course in Getting Organized 104 Action Tactic If your brain just doesn't seem to be wired for organizing, you might find that the book Organizing for the Creative Person by Dorothy Lehmkuhl and Dolores Cotter Lamping speaks to you. Setting Up Mission Control This entire book is about getting things done, but a particularly important element in being productive is to start with the basics: appointment books (planners), calendars, lists, and scheduling techni- ques. The first thing you need is a mission control where you keep a calendar, appointment sched- ule, to-do lists, and daily action lists, as well as additional optional data such as addresses and phone numbers and ex-pense records. Your mission control can be a ready-made organizational system that you buy in an office supply store or get through an organizational seminar. These planners have brand names like Filofax, Day Runner, Day-Timer, or Franklin Quest, to name just a few. If you need to carry your planner around with you during the day or in a briefcase or bag between office and home, these are good options because they are portable and come in a variety of sizes. They also come with a choice of attractive cover materials and colors, if that matters for your professional image.