In part one of the Organizing Your Life series we will talk about to do lists and calendars. As a work from home Mom I feel sometimes as though I have 10 plates spinning at once. If I don’t write something down the moment I think of it…I most definitely forget. I stay organized with the help of three things: Google calendar, the app Wunderlist and my Whitney English Day Designer.
First, I have several Google calendars. One for all of our family events and appointments that my husband needs to be aware of. Another for menu planning. And another for birthdays & anniversaries with reminders a couple of weeks in advance so that I may pick up a gift. I write something down here as I soon as I commit to something. And then really only glance at this again as I have my weekly planning session and transfer appointments, events, and dinner into my Day Designer.
Wunderlist is essentially my big list of to-dos. Several lists, really. I have lists for our home, my blog, our business, holidays, and even one for my husband. For someone who has never kept a to do list before…this is something he actually uses. He can set up reminders for payroll, schedule making, and I can add the occasional task all without nagging. For me, if something comes to mind that needs to be done I quickly write it in the “inbox” to be organized later. I can add a due date if it’s something that’s urgent.
For some the Google Calendar & Wunderlist combination might be enough. But me? I feel very overwhelmed looking at my big list on the Wunderlist app every day. I like to only plan a few tasks a day. As I mentioned before I sit down once a week (usually on a Sunday) and plan the upcoming week. I take a look at our events and appointments as well as our dinners in my Google calendar and transfer them to the Day Designer. And then I take a look at the upcoming week in Wunderlist and plan accordingly.
Then this pretty little gem sits on my desk in my office. If you don’t have a Day Designer you can purchase one here.
Next week we’ll continue the organizing your life series with talk of how to tackle the paper trail.