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How Do You Organize Your Time?

August 20, 2009

Big question, right? I mean literally – what do you use to organize your schedule? Daily routines, chores, tasks, lists of things to do, events, future plans…

I ask because I use the heck out of my Google calendar. You can set it up to have different layers of calendars and I love it! We have:

  1. One for actual things to go to (events). This has been a huge help now that we’re getting busier with playgroups and park dates, etc.
  2. One for Tasks (my reminders of things I’d forget if I didn’t have my head screwed on.)
  3. One for my Daily Routines (which is a joke – but I’ll leave that for another post when I actually get myself together more!)
  4. One for meal planning (which I will admit is also a joke – I don’t use it. I created it with high hopes of monthly meal planning and that just doesn’t happen. But it does exist:)

I love that along with putting things on the calendar, I can set it up to send me an email to remind me to do things. It’s gret for work if I tell a customer that I’ll get in touch with them about “X” by “X” date – it helps to keep me in line and remember. Plus, even with all of the things like the household tasks that never happen – some of it happens. It’s often because I look at that calendar, so I figure that it’s better than nothing getting done!

{Etsy Seller TLscraptags has some amazing and fun lists and calendars}

How do you stay organized? Any great online tools? Do you love an old fashioned pen and paper system? A calendar on the wall?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2009 10:30 pm

    I use 2 moleskine notebooks – the large 5.25″ x 8.25″ size.

    I use a squared one for my calendar, and I draw out a complete week every 2 pages. I use that one for appointments, VIP task list & menu.

    I use a ruled moleskine for pretty much everything else – shopping lists, client notes & to-do lists, etc.

    I tried to use the computer & Google calendar, but I really really love physically marking things off of a list. I’m weird like that. πŸ˜‰

  2. seekingsibling permalink
    August 31, 2009 10:44 pm

    I’ve started using google calender and it’s awesome! I do all of my lesson plans on it and then sync it with my iTouch. I can publish info from there to my websites (homework, etc) I always have my touch with me, and when I put appts into it, it automatically syncs as soon as it connects to the network. It’s the most organized my appts have ever been!

    If Ben were as cool as me, he’d have a google calender too and we could link calenders and I could invite him to events and stuff πŸ™‚

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