A wise man once said, “That life without organization and discipline is havoc.” It is true. Are you pleased with how you organize and keep track of your daily, weekly, and monthly responsibilities? Is getting organized for 2019 on your to-do list? Today, I am sharing how I saved my sanity using a system I devised. The system is simple; it’s a combo of my paper ‘day’ calendar and my ‘monthly’ MacBook Air calendar app.
Getting organized: Let’s do this!
My cup is full, as is yours. I lead a very relevant life. It is hard to describe my days of plenty. But, allow me to say that they are gobbled up with constant business. I am occupied, preoccupied, engaged, pressed for time, disorganized yet organized, can’t find this paper or that number, often frazzled, always dazzled. This is problematic!
Like many of you, I tax myself to my limit. I know that I am not going to change because I want to see… I want to do… I enjoy taking a big juicy bit of life, daily!
And so, I decided it was time to figure out a new system to better organize my routine, my life! My ultimate concierge gifted me with a beautiful red hardcover paper ‘day planner’ at the beginning of last year. It has turned my life from one of chaos to one of bliss.
From January until May, I said to myself, “Never in a million years will I use the day book calendar.” Why, because I had to see my ‘month’ at a glance on my MacBook Air.
Finally, out of utter desperation, I picked up my red paper day planner realizing my present system was not working. I was always chasing my papers, not rainbows. I would forget to type in a date on my digital calendar.
Finally, I sat down and asked myself, “How can I best keep track of my compiled lists of papers, social, business and other appointments, return phone calls in order of importance, our travels and social life, birthdays, anniversaries, my husband, the Grands, the children, my pooch America, my two homes, the bills, my girlfriends, manicure, haircut, and all the many etceteras of my life?”
For those of you who have my problem, I have concluded that using two calendars, a paper ‘day journal’ and a ‘month at a glance’ digital, has helped me organize and restructure my life.
How I am getting organized in 2019
These USED TO BE my problems:
~ I wrote down phone messages on notepads sitting next to every phone in our house. I had my messages here, there and everywhere.
~ I receive verbal phone messages and return phone numbers on my iPhone that I cannot call back at the drop of a hat. I constantly get beep alerts and notifications that stress me out to the nines! I had no order of recording.
~ I receive at least 100 daily emails; I color code important ones with red flags and still can’t find them. I scroll and scroll, and I am, at times, ready to cry out of frustration.
~ I run into someone on the street, jot down a note on my iPhone note app and forget to look at the app!
~ I suddenly remember that someone called, as I am walking down the street, jot it down on a piece of scratch paper and find it two days later at the bottom of my purse and say to myself, “OMG, I forgot!”
~ My digital calendar occasionally forgets to sync into my iPhone and vice-versa.
~ I have, on rare occasions, missed an appointment because I misplaced an appointment card, lying at the bottom of my handbag.
I am pleased to tell you, darlings, most of my unnecessary stress had been alleviated, thanks once again to my ultimate concierge.
My paper day planner has come to the rescue.
All of my reminder notes, appointment cards, phone messages written on little papers, invitations and for lack of a better word, the rest of my stash is gathered together each afternoon and goes into one location… my red daily paper planner. Here are a few that are similar to the one Shelly gifted me, for those of you who need some help in this department.
AT-A-GLANCE 2019 Standard Diary Daily Reminder
Get yours for $29.99 on Amazon, here.
Tools4Wisdom 5 x 8 Planner 2019
Get yours for $23.72 on Amazon, here.
Webster’s Pages A5 Patent Red Planner Kit
Get yours for $43.96 on Amazon, here.
Here’s how I am now organized
With red book and laptop in hand, I record my daily to-dos in my paper day planner or on my digital calendar. My invites and daily appointments are recorded in both and my ‘stash’ of handwritten messages on the appropriate page in my day planner. I take my phone messages and notes off my iPhone and record in my day planner, in order of importance. I lastly write by hand my ‘to do’ list for the following day.
Let it be said that the time I spend doing the above is extremely relaxing and rewarding. I have my life in order at a glance. I am proud of myself.
I have found a perfect solution that fits me ‘to a T’. Like a new dress, it always needs a little alteration. I know there is no perfection in life so I am happy, relieved and content using my two-calendar system.
My ultimate concierge, my husband Shelly, once again, came to my rescue. Darlings, I hope, if you need help in organizing your life through a daily scheduling plan, I have come to your rescue!
Do something GOOD today: Destress & organize your life! Whether it be with an app, scrap paper, or a planner, the daily organization can help relieve some unneeded tension in your life and leave you free to embrace the adventure… as planned! 😉
Are you ready to get organized for 2019? Whats your plan? Please share your thoughts with me via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or in the comments section below.
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I love your comments about getting organized- I, too, write things down in a million places- my computer calendar, my phone and 2-3 notebooks.Then i make myself crazy b/c I cant find the notes- sometimes miss an appointment and just generally make myself crazy trying to get organized.
I am trying to decide between big red book Webster Pages and Standard Diary, If I could see them it would be so much better. Honey, can you send me any more info -details about how you organize. I would be so so appreciative.
Many, many thanks
PS Would you possibly send me your phone # or an email where I can reach you.
Love your post. Aren’t we all disorganized if we lead a busy, full, productive, challenging life? My system is to discipline myself to sit down each morning BEFORE I get crazy busy & put all that has to be done that day into my Outlook Task program. I jot down appointments, contact information, etc. in my phone & then MANNUALLY synchronize the 2. Not everyon will do this but it works for me. At the end of the day, I delete all the tasks accomplished & the ones not, will pop up in red to remind me the next morning of what is priority for the day.