My mind has been cluttered with reminders, questions, doubts and to-do lists. One sure-fire way to clear your mind is to write it all down, in no particular order, just write it down. Clearing your mind is the first step to successful time management.
Once you’ve done that you can break the list down into tasks on your calendar. Currently, I enter all social activities, extra curricular, lessons for the month on the icalender on my computer, which I can also sync with my cell phone. Then, each Sunday, I write everything for the week on a weekly dry erase calendar.
I’ve been known to forget something that was written on the calendar. So, it is a good idea to set reminders on your phone for important dates and meetings. I’ve also sectioned off part of the dry erase calendar to include my meal plan too. And there’s a notes section where I write down what we need from the store.
EDITED 12/12/16: I now use a monthly dry erase calendar (shown above) to keep track of appointments, events, and family plans. I’ve also created new systems for meal planning and keeping a running list of groceries. These changes are working better for me. The key to creating successful routine is to be a student of yourself, your habits, your lifestyle, figuring out why things work, why they don’t and implementing changes.
But, I still have my own to-do list swirling around in my head. So, I’ve decided that I would really benefit from using a personal planner again. When it comes to to-do lists, I’m a pen and paper kinda gal. So, I want a binder filled with pages on which I can scribble notes, plan blog posts, make to-do lists and keep up with weekly commitments.
Seeing the binder that Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia created was just the inspiration I needed to make my own.
Using a planner has been life instrumental in helping me achieve my goals. I highly recommend it.
See you in class,