Get Organized – Here are 4 Useful Tools

Last week I talked about the basics, one of the most overlooked client attraction systems for fitness professionals. In a nutshell the basics are this:

Give your clients results – results that they otherwise could not achieve on their own and they’ll be a referral generating machine for you. You know what they say: “word of mouth is the best form of advertisement” – because it costs you nothing.

This week I want to shift gears a bit and talk about productivity and organization. We’re all given 24 hours each day, but some of us get a whole lot more done in that time than others.

People always ask me how it is that I get so much done with all of my websites, software, products, and events. Well, in addition to having a solid team around me, I use some tools that help keep me organized and productive.

And you should too.

Here are the top four tools and resource that I use and recommend to others who want to become ultra productive and organized. Best of all they cost nothing or next to nothing.

1. Google Desktop: http://desktop.google.com/
This little baby rocks! I use the sidebar and gadgets feature the most. My sidebar gives me instant access to news, stocks, weather in the places I travel to the most, and my to-do list.

Every morning I write in my things to do for the day and I go through and get them done. It’s really cool to see them all checked off by the end of the day. What a great feeling of accomplishment.

2. Cha Cha: www.chacha.com
How can I describe this one? Basically, it’s a human powered search tool. In other words, you can use it just like a regular search engine or have one of their live online reps do the research for you and come back to you with the most relevant results.

In the meantime you can be working on other more productive things. This thing really saves a lot of time if you have specific, time consuming research that needs to be done.

3. Elance: www.elance.com
Here’s another cool one for you. Got an ebook to write but don’t know where to start? How about a ghostwriter? Want several articles published but don’t have the time? Or maybe you want a virtual assistant to answer your calls and reply to your emails. You’ll find thousands of freelancers at elance ready to work hard for you.

4. Contact and Lead Management: http://www.freecrm.com/
Actually one of my clients turned me onto this one recently. If you’re actively marketing your personal training business and want to organize your prospects, clients, leads and marketing campaigns then this is the program for you.

Similar programs like this cost a couple of grand, ACT comes to mind. But this one is f.r.e.e. I’ve been using it for the last month and I really dig it. The cool thing is that it’s really intuitive and easy to use.

There you have it…four tools and resources to organize yourself and increase productivity. End result? More clients.