Who doesn’t feel the need to bring a little bit of organization to their life of perhaps disorganization. As I begin this journey to becoming a freelance writer, I feel the urge to be more organized. Besides, I think it will help me from going insane! I tend to write notes in random places and toss items in the nearest spot. Things don’t really have a home and have a habit of just ending up somewhere.
Keep thing simple!
Don’t overthink and make the process more complicated, find a system that works and keep it simple!
Choosing your task or to do list
First start by choosing an easy to use task list or to do list that you can work with. Whether it’s an app that can sync with your phone or a simple sheet of paper, choose a method that works for you and stick with it. I like to be able to have access to my list, whether it’s home or while I’m out and about. I have a Tasks N To Do List app on my phone which also syncs with my google calendar, here I can add any task and check them off as I go. The app allows me to keep up with my schedules as well as my family’s, since I’m the coordinator for us all. I also use a sheet of paper that is split into 3 main sections: Today (must be done today!), Notes and a To Do Sections (a place to write things that must be done but not necessarily right away). In my Today section I have that split into 3 smaller sections: Me (things for me personally), CatKWilson (my blog), and Kids (especially since my oldest is now in Kindergarten). I carry this list with me everywhere I go so that I can add to it at any time. At home I have a dry erase calendar to write important notes or events, each family member has their own color marker. I thought of having a board where I use post it notes to write our tasks but it felt like a little too much and I’m trying to keep it organized and simple.
A White Binder
I’ve decided to use a two white binders, one as my personal and one as our family command central binder. In my binder I have sections for my daily, weekly and monthly tasks that need to be completed. I also have a section to write any notes or reminders that I need to know or remember later. I have a simple calendar that I use so that I can say the days and months of the year to help with future planning, this information gets transferred to my wall calendar. At first I was going to have just one binder but I needed a take with me binder where I can put my daily tasks. It seems crazy to have to but in my weird mind it works! I also keep it clutter free of any unnecessary paper so that it says light weight and I can easily carry it along. Our family binder holds important papers for each of us, contacts, household chores.
A Place for everything
Spend at least 15 minutes everyday putting away items or papers in their appropriate homes, even if it’s just sorting the day’s laundry. Keep your things in their correct homes will help keep your life organized. Make your storage spaces easily accessible for the items that you will need constant access to and labeled these spaces accordingly. Start by choosing one particular area of your home and organize it. Group together items that are loose or scattered throughout your home, find or make a home for these items. For instance, keep homework materials such as pencils or erasers together in a pencil box or drawer. Items that are rarely used can be stored out of sight but close by.
Write Everything Down
Here’s also where my white binder comes in handy, in my notes section I can write down any important notes that I will need for later. I find it’s always helpful to have a notes section in one place. In the past I’d write notes on post its and stick them in random places in my calendar. Don’t make life more crazy by trying to remember everything in your head, make it easier by writing down even the smallest task.
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