I’m a planner. Like, borderline OCD planner.
I’m a bit of a control freak, I’ll admit, but I have to be. My parents consistently ask for help with things they can’t manage since they aren’t computer-savvy; as the U.S. citizen in my marriage, I’m responsible for managing insurance, car registration, etc., for my Aussie hubby (who is still learning the ropes over here, and yeah, it’s quite different from Oz). And there is simply no way to remember all the bills, work deadlines, business meetings, personal obligations, birthdays, and blog responsibilities without capturing it all somewhere. Or in a few places:
I’m definitely a gadget girl and a technophile, but when it comes to managing my household and life, I’m a total paper girl. For years I used a Franklin Covey planner, and have since switched to Filofax, and love it. Even though my iPhone spends most of its existence in my hand, I don’t find electronic planning as efficient as paper. I like to see what’s coming up on my calendar, and the more I see things on paper, the more I remember them. I also like to check things off that I have completed.
And you know what? Making a list and checking things off is actually good for you. It reduces stress, and gives you a sense of accomplishment so you feel motivated to stay on track. I know I feel a sense of calm every time I check something off. That’s one less thing for me to focus on or worry about.
I use my iPhone (and Macbook Pro) to manage contacts, social media, personal email, and all blog stuff. For everything else, I use two planners: a large one for work and home, and a smaller one that fits in my handbag.
My must-haves for staying organized:
- Filofax A5 (a red Finsbury) is what I call my brain. EVERYTHING goes in it. Work schedule, all appointments, invitations and social engagements, bill deadlines, work notes, travel plans, etc. If it’s not in the A5, it doesn’t exist in my world! It goes to work with me, and I refer to it at home daily.
- Month on two pages, and one-day-per-page refills in the A5.
- Filofax Personal (black Guildford) for disposable shopping lists and personal appointments or blog notes.
- Week on two pages refill for the Personal, plus ruled paper and transparent envelopes for coupons.
- Black rollerball pen: Uniball Impact 207 is my current fave. I also have a pink Uniball Vision rollerball at the moment. But rollerball, always.
- Pentel P205 mechanical pencil with .05, 2B lead (yeah, I’m that particular). All appointments are written in pencil, since work meetings, etc., frequently change.
- Pentel Clic Eraser.
- Post-It Flag Highlighter (in pink, of course)!
Are you a planner? How do you stay organized?
PS: The final post in my Seven Deadly Series is coming on Monday. You don’t want to miss it!