Mike Monteiro's book isn't about organizing. Rather, it's “a guide to making a living as a designer.” But given the topics covered — including getting clients, creating good contracts, and getting paid — the book can easily have appeal beyond the design community.
And organizing wisdom can be found many places — including this book. Let's start with a three choice comments that Mike makes regarding projects:
The success of every project is the hundreds of little commitments made along the way.And I also liked this note about (lack of) organization:
The minute a deadline is in jeopardy notify the other party. There are many reasons for missing a deadline, but there is only one for not notifying the other party.
Nothing derails a project faster than waffling over decisions, whether it's taking too long to make a decision, or revisiting decisions that have already been acted upon.
Most late payments are a matter of disorganization. ... Until you have evidence to the contrary, assume your missed payment is a matter of disorganization. That's the most likely possibility, and easiest to fix.On a personal note, though, what I most appreciated wasn't the organizing-related advice, but this:
Carefully choose the projects you take on. Choose to leave the world better than you found it. Improve things for people. ...And this:
We have limited resources, whether natural, financial, or cognitive. Don't contribute to people wasting them on crap.
The clients you choose to take on define you.