I love/crave/thrive on being organized. I always have been, just ask my little sister who used to get mad at me when I had to have a "plan" before we played Barbies. Or my daughter who makes fun of my color coordinated closet. But it's just who I am, if I'm not organized, I get a little crazy. When my older sister lived here, I used to go to her house quite often just to help her organize and dig out of her piles or keep her on task. She even asked me to teach a class for her Relief Society (women's church organization) activity. I really had fun with it and was honored she asked me. I thought I'd share some of my ideas from that activity on being organized and what works for me in a series I call "A House of Order". So here's my first in the series, start your organized day by having a plan.
I know, not a new concept. Many of you probably have something you use, IPhone or something similar (I think I'm the only one is the world without one), planner, calendar, scrap of paper, but how is it working for you? I find that if I have some sort of idea for the day, I can get a whole lot more done. However, I still haven't found the "perfect" way for me. I don't like electronic things, for one, I don't carry my phone with me so I wouldn't look at it much. I have a family calendar hanging on the fridge, works great when I remember to write things on it. :) I also have a planner/notebook thing and it's okay, but want to try something better. So I've decided on a clipboard with a daily or weekly calendar on it. I've found several all over the internet, and I'm testing out which one I like best. Easy to try it all and if it doesn't work, all the new planners will be out in stores for the next few months. Here are some of my favorites I've found.
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Here is another one I really like.
Another great, free one is at http://printables.yourway.net/daily-action-planner/. Sorry, I couldn't get a picture of this one. This one is also editable, type your plans in and print it up, or just use it on your computer. It is a daily calendar, but also has areas for "Calls", "Emails", and "Notes". Really useful.
Finally, I really like this free printable from Clean Mama, to use with the other calendars.
I like to take 5 minutes after the kids are in bed and I'm just watching tv or whatever to plan out my next day. Really easy, and makes a world of difference in the next day.
So how do you organize your day? Are you all electronic or a list maker or both? What works or doesn't work for you?
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