Not long after I started at InsideCounsel as editor-in-chief, I began incorporating some of my own best practices into the editorial department. I knew how my predecessor had managed the team--I had worked for him for several years--but in a lot of ways his style was very different from mine. And although he ran the department well, I needed to instill some best practices I knew would work for me and my management style.
My best friend quickly became Microsoft Excel. I immediately created Excel spreadsheets to manage my annual budget as well as assignments to InsideCounsel's freelancers. I also had spreadsheets to manage internal responsibilities of my editorial staff and to build future editorial calendars. For two-and-a-half years, these simple spreadsheets have gone a long way in helping me save time, and as a result money, for my department