If I were a topic my name would be, Organization.
Organization is something that is extremely important to me because it keeps me on track and I love the sense of accomplishment I feel after checking something off my list.
I have now broken my life up in to 4 different sections and have a notebook/planner for each.
Planner: This is for all areas of my life. I just use a different color pen for each section’s activity
- Personal: Green
- Bakery: Blue
- Blog: Black
- Work: Red
1. Personal/Work(within this notebook I write in Green (personal) and Red (work) to differentiate):
Green Notebook contains the following:
- Weekending To-Do List: For example, this is Weekending 8/3, so I have that title at the beginning of the page and anything that I don’t complete gets an arrow and moved to the following page for the next week’s to-do list
- Ideas/Projects: This is where I write down what DIY projects or activities that I want to do in the future or soon.
- Goals and To-Do list for work
- New Books and articles that I need to go back and read
- Things I need to research
- Planning Trips/Vacations (i.e. what to pack, activities, etc.)
Blue Notebook contains the following:
- Business Ideas
- Tips and Best Practices
Black Notebook contains the following:
- Name of Blog
- Layout ideas
- Page titles
- Content Ideas
- Blogs I follow
- Article/Post notes on Blogging
Black Graph Book contains the following: Magazine clippings and pictures of things that I like and want to add to my blog. Inspiration!
So before each month begins, usually the 3rd or 4th week of the month, depending on how many weeks it has, I write out what I want to do in that month and on which days. I google activities and plan them into my schedule. I then compare and change as needed with my work schedule. I then type it into my Outlook calendar and write it in my hard copy calendar.
I still do leave certain dates open because things come up and with my work schedule things could change.
Best Practices (ideas that I have borrowed from others and that I have adopted into my routine):
- Check to-do list at least 3 times a day to ensure that you stay on track (you may even want to give yourself deadlines so that you make sure to complete all tasks you assigned to that day)
- Make sure to check planner at least once a day and make updates and notes (it is amazing what you can learn about yourself a year from now from looking back at your planner)
- Sync all calendars regularly so that you are getting the most up-to-date information when checking schedule to make plans ( you don’t want to double book)
- Carry the essentials with you in your bag! Make sure that you check your list before leaving the house. Sometimes it isn’t necessary for you to bring all materials (unless you are going to Barnes and Noble or Starbucks to spend your whole day like I do sometimes!)
Start small and work your way up! I say that if you are new to planning and scheduling then start with work. You will be forced to keep it up because it is your job! Once you have this down, then you can start to expand to other areas and the transition will be smooth because you have experience.
Hope this helps!