I like to consider myself a rather organized person. I am a huge fangirl of Excel and iCal and am never without a pen and paper. However, there are some times when all of my organization can get overwhelming (do I really need three different notebooks for personal notes?), so I like to bring myself back to the organization basics.
- To-Do’s. I have a weekly to-do list written in my planner, a daily to-do list written in my notebook or in a daily planner, a monthly to-do list, social media to-do lists and an ongoing to-do list all at the same time. This is what works for me, but I highly suggest writing at least a daily to-do list every single day. There are apps that you can download where you can write down and set reminders for your to-do’s, but nothing beats seeing it visually on paper in your own handwriting.
- Time. Whether it’s for management or scheduling, timing is most important. It’s great to have a daily to-do list, but what works best for me is when I actually schedule in my to-do items. This is where my daily planner comes to play. I can see what times I have classes or appointments, but I can physically arrange and make time for the other things I need to do.
- Convenience. If you don’t know already, I am a paper planner girl. I have been ever since I was in elementary school. Even with the boom of technology and digital calendars, I stuck with my paper planners. There was one time in my early college years when I tried only using my iCal and I just could not get along with it. Now, I have a paper planner that I use for everything, but I have also learned to fall back in love with iCal. It is the most convenient option when I’m on-the-go with only my phone or when sharing appointments with others. In order to use it more, I have been trying to make it a habit to check it daily and made it one of my shortcuts on my phone. Staying organized requires that you have a quick glance at your schedule and if a digital calendar is most accessible, embrace it.
It may seem trivial to be so concerned with how to stay organized, but there is no way to accomplish your goals, get your tasks done and, essentially, live the life you love if you don’t have a handle on what is going on in your life.
You can check out my whole paper planning organization system here and I would love to know how you stay organized!