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How Do You Stay Organized?

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Staying organized and on track is a constant battle.  It is something I’ve struggled with my entire life starting back in my school days and now into my personal and professional life.  Now that I’m working for myself, it’s even MORE important that I stay on top of things and prioritize my days and weeks.  

I’ve always been a big fan of spreadsheets, lists and color coding.  I know…I’m a nut, but I like to write down what needs to be done and check it off as I go.  Seeing everything laid out in front of me has been a good way to wrap my head around what lies ahead.  It’s always a good feeling to see a red line through a bunch of things…to feel like I accomplished a goal.  

I was feeling like my phone wasn’t cutting it (probably because I couldn’t physically cross things off), so last year I purchased a giant planner from Erin Condren thinking that having every thing always right in front of me would help.  Look at this thing…it’s gorgeous!

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It’s so colorful and has tabs and stickers and ALL THE THINGS!  I bought myself some colorful pens and went to town organizing my life.  It was wonderful…for about 3 months and then I didn’t want to lug it around anymore.  After having everything in my phone for so long, why was I going back to this?  It just wasn’t working.

So I went back to what I knew worked for me, but tried to perfect it a bit.  I bought a small notepad that I could bring along with me to jot down notes or ideas, and I came up with a better electronic calendar system.  I’m still color coding, but now it’s all in my calendar.  At present, I have 6 different categories and always keep my calendar in the background for quick reference.

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I also utilize Dropbox A LOT so I can access my documents from anywhere.  It has become a real life saver.  Yes, I still make lists with little check boxes to mark off…I don’t think that will ever go away, but I feel like everything is a bit more streamlined now.  

So even though I’ve found this system that is working, I’m not sure that it is the best.  Are there apps out there I should look into?  Are there workflow programs that can help with better timeline organization?  I’m pretty sure that organization and time management are going to continue to be a struggle for me in my business, blogging and personal life as I keep looking to be better in these areas.  I wonder if there is some sort of magic out there to get my brain in order???

I would love to hear how some of you stay organized and any tips and/or tricks you might have up your sleeve to help you be more productive.  Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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5 Responses to How Do You Stay Organized?

  1. […] week I’ve been thinking a lot about organization and efficiency of time.  I’ve got A LOT going on these days and I’m always looking for a way to get more done […]

  2. I hear you! I bought a moleskin, thinking it would help. I try tons of apps, and Dropbox is the only thing I’ve stuck with. I’ve used Evernote, but only because I can use it offline (I take the subway underground to work) to draft posts. But I always come back to Google Calendar.

    Farin
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  3. I love my Cozi Calendar app. It’s accessible from my phone and from a computer. Task lists, color coded calendar – it works for us!
    Jill F. recently posted…Grandparents DayMy Profile

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