Organization - at home, in the office, in the calendar, in the head

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Every day I remember to put into practice my New Year's resolution, which if I were to call one word it would be: Organization.

 

At home, in the office, on the calendar, in the head. It's been a month, but there are some first successes in my account. Although on a daily basis I still dig myself out of too many tasks that I have always taken on my head, working on a broadly understood organization may turn out to be a good topic for my blog, work on which is also my New Year's resolution.

So I challenge myself: ReOrganization

 

Where do I start?

 

Calendar in paper version

Until now, I combined planning in a paper calendar with a phone calendar that I have synchronized with the computer. In addition, a notebook for notes that do not fit into any of the above places and relate to what I am currently working on.

 

For several years, I have been using calendars in which each day has a dedicated, separate page (or Saturday is on one page together with Sunday). And guess what? It made it very easy for me to fall into the trap of taking too much on myself. When planning tasks and seeing only one or two days at a time, I had the wrong impression that maybe even today I do not have much time, but "tomorrow" I will definitely find it.

 

It led to situations in which I took more than I could do, and there is probably nothing worse than the feeling that something was not done in time, that someone was disappointed.

 

From here for this year I bought a calendar with a view of the whole week in a vertical arrangement, with hours from morning to late evening.

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Thanks to this, when planning tasks, I can see the whole week at once, I flip through the paper and look at it for two weeks. Thanks to this, it is much easier for me to determine if and when I am able to undertake the next task, and if I undertake it, plan it well in time. I can see immediately which weeks I have very busy, and which are looser, without having to page several dozen pages. Result?

 

I better predict the duration of individual tasks, and I have a picture of the whole week in my head.

 

The second important rule I introduced is planning everything in the paper version of the calendar, and enter only tasks that are precisely defined in time, such as meetings, into the calendar on your phone / computer.

 

On-line calendar

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Since I am at the phone / computer calendar, I decided to use the Google Calendar application. On the other hand, I created 3 separate calendars that display simultaneously in different colors: two business, which I provide to the appropriate employees to be able to apply changes to them and organize the work of the office, and a private one that I share with my husband.

 

to-do list

wunderlist blog task list

 

The third tool that I use to plan - this time short, usually undefined in time tasks - is the Wunderlist application, in which I also use the division into work lists, separate for different projects, and private lists, and in them I find lists as obvious as:

- tasks for today

- shopping, divided into shops and departments, for example, separately food and drugstores, so that the stores do not waste time remembering, not to forget anything and buy more than I need,

and less obvious, such as:

- ideas for gifts: often around birthdays or holidays we wonder what to buy to our loved ones, and I'm sure that our loved ones have repeatedly told us about what they like and what they feel like throughout the year. I try to write down such things on this list, thanks to which I don't have major problems with the right gifts

- movies to watch: reading a magazine, browsing the Internet or watching trailers at the cinema, I often told myself: this film I have to watch! But later when I'm looking for a movie for the evening, it's hard for me to remember valuable items, and now I just fire up Wunderlist and save the title of the movie. I have a similar list for books that I want to read

- blog ideas: that no interesting topic escapes me

- Wish List: here I write my small and bigger dreams to come true.

 

I am very curious how you like my ideas for organizing work times and more?
And of course I will gladly read about your favorite ways to organize your time reliably.

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  • 19.09.2014

    I don't have the slightest problems with organization, though with modesty yes 🙂
    I use an electronic calendar synchronized with the phone, but I haven't got rid of the paper completely - each of my projects (I run two blogs, I have my own Agency and Governess School, and additionally I am a time management trainer and conduct training) has a separate notebook for all kinds of ideas and inspirations. And, of course, the obligatory "to do" notebook. This system works for me for several years and I don't need any applications for it to work.
    I really appreciate the challenge. I would love to find out how you are doing right now?

  • 24.06.2014

    I had the same problem there, unfortunately I'm still struggling with it, I have two separate calendars in a paper version - one at work, one at home for projects, notes and notes, I have noticed recently that I also enter too many things on a given day and then I unconsciously translate them for the next day and so over and over again 🙁 both my calendars have a day view and I have to try the schedule for the whole week - maybe it will help me
    I use the Listonic application for my shopping list - I recommend it, it worked for me right away 🙂
    I have to try Wunderlist, you made me curious 🙂
    greetings and will remain permanently for sure 🙂

  • 09.03.2014

    congratulations on organizing 😀

  • 08.03.2014

    I also tried with the "day by page" calendar, explaining to myself that I would put everything I have to write down and do ... and it was a disaster ... I will try your idea - a week on the page ... then you can go! 🙂

  • 04.03.2014

    I love the subject of organization, I love to write down, take notes, draw ... I'm still learning, that's why I read your post. I was touched by a shoe with duct tape and the name of the blog <3

    I greet warmly!

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  • 06.02.2014

    And I thought I didn't like roses anymore ...;)

  • 04.02.2014

    pink rules

  • 04.02.2014

    I have notebooks, post-it notes and write everything down 🙂 Before the wedding, the priest even laughed at me and asked if I had written a sermon to him 😉

  • 04.02.2014

    I manage to comprehend everything with one calendar, telephone and lots of sticky notes sticked to the computer monitor;) And good memory is useful;)

  • 04.02.2014

    I use ANY.DO, simple, working, perfect. 🙂
    I just bought a calendar with a view for one day, but I always look through the week (to see if I give myself too much headache), so I think I won't fall into this trap.

  • 04.02.2014

    If I don't forget, the movies that I want to watch are saved in a notebook in my phone, gifts in the calendar (I have been using paper for a long time), and as for books, I use the lubimyczytac.pl portal (I write what position I want to read, which I already have in your bookcase etc.

    Regards 🙂

  • 04.02.2014

    Wunderlist great thing, thanks I already installed :) show this shoe with tape;)

  • 04.02.2014

    Wunderlist great thing, thanks I already installed :) show this shoe with tape;)

  • 04.02.2014

    wow what an organization: D! I'm a totally chaotic person and I will probably never be able to grasp myself in my life 😀 I envy you this because I always do everything at the last minute and every 5 minutes I forget something, but I stopped fighting because I will never win 🙂

  • 03.02.2014

    I am very organized. I do not need an application, there will be a postcard. This year, for the first time in a long time I decided to keep a calendar but such a big one with just one sheet a day, so that it could also be used as a notebook. I don't know if it's a good idea because they say from everywhere that the calendar and the notebook are separate instruments. Until I work professionally it will work and then I will think.

    • 06.03.2014

      I have quite the same - paper is enough for me. Sometimes I write something down on my phone ... so that it buzzes at the right moment ... that's it 🙂

      The head hurts from an excess of some things 🙂

      Have a nice day!

  • 03.02.2014

    I like your solutions very much! I also link the paper calendar with google and I use the notepad on the phone for loose letters.
    Ideas for gifts have long wanted to write, but I forget about it, the same with movies and books. Good luck!

  • 03.02.2014

    I am completely disorganized. My mother must remind me of everything and I always forget everything. Therefore, I have carefully read the proposals for better organization, which I will try to incorporate some.