So I thought I’d give you a glimpse of mine.
Pre-2007 Caitlin didn’t even know what a planner was, much less how useful it could be. To be honest, I’m not sure how I managed to function (not to mention pass high school and keep up with my extracurricular activities) during this dark period of no organization. Flash forward 6 years and I’ve got a system that involves my Google calendars (color coded – of course), a wall calendar, a day-by-day calendar, and an elaborate to-do list. Excessive? Perhaps. But the combo helps make sure that nothing crucial falls through the cracks and enables me to allocate time for my special projects (like this blog, and my 25×25 goals!).
Here’s the run-down:
My wall calendar provides an overview of the coming month, including upcoming trips and big events. I also use it as a meal planner and to record my work-outs with gold stars (yes, seriously). Thin strips of washi tape with meals written on them show Adam and I what we are having for dinner all week at a glance and shiny gold stickers help keep me on track with my fitness goals.
It also does double duty as eye candy. Last year, I had a fantastic calendar featuring sepia-toned pugs (yes, I have a problem), and this year’s model is a calendar version of the book “1000 Places to See before You Die.” There’s a beautiful picture for every single day of the year and ample space to write.
The lynchpin of my system is my to-do list. I tend to start at list on Sunday afternoon for all my goals for the week – chores, manicures, blog posts -they all end up here. I also use this notebook for my grocery lists (as you can see from my “Target” run list above). It’s compact and easy to throw in whatever bag I’m using on a given day.
The newest addition to my organization system is a day-by-day calendar. I scored a Pug-A-Day calendar at 75 percent off in the mall last weekend. $3.50 for 365 adorable pug pictures? I really couldn’t say no. I keep the calendar at my desk and tear off the day’s sheet when I leave work. I use the lines to write down things I need to remember for the evening or for the following day. I used to do this anyway using post-it notes, so the pug notes are something of an upgrade.
How do you keep organized? Do you aim for form over function? Keep even more calendars and lists than I do? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants (you brave, brave, soul)?