December 21 – Sharing My Secrets! Organizing Tips for the Hustle and Bustle of Everyday Life.
“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” -Benjamin Franklin
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe
“A good system shortens the road to the goal.” -Orison Swett Marden
I will be honest with you. I am a perfectionist and I might be a little OCD. The level of my OCD depends on the person you ask in my family. 🙂 I have written about my battle with anxiety. I have not hidden that fact from this blog. What I have learned about myself is that if I can stay organized then I am less stressed. I am the type of personality that has to have something tangible in front of me or I feel lost or overwhelmed. I had been looking for a planner that I liked for a long time, but could never find one that had everything I needed. Around the time my anxiety was at its highest point, right after I got on anti-anxiety medication, I reached a point where I needed to feel more “together,” so that I felt somewhat in control of everything that was going on around me. Logically, I think I understand why this works for me. I have felt so out of control this past year with everything that was going on in my life. I couldn’t control certain events and I definitely couldn’t control the actions of some of my family and friends. I have learned that if I have a schedule in front of me of my day to day, then I feel like I have some form of control. And I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I get to mark something off my list. So I thought that I would share with you what I created that helps me function and get things done. 🙂 I know that I am not the only one out there that struggles with feeling out of control and that wants to feel organized. So here are some of my secrets to staying organized.
I created my own planner!
What You Will Need:
- Binder (I used 1 1/2 inch, but you can use any size depending on what you want to use it for)
- Sheet Protectors
- Daily Planner Sheets
- Sticky Notes
- Pens (I like a bunch of different colors)
- Highlighters (I use a bunch of different colors)
How I Created My Own Planner:
- I let my kids create for me a beautiful cover page for my planner. ❤
- In the slips in the front, I put sticky notes, highlighters, and pens.
- I start placing my dividers and sheet protectors.
- In the first sheet protector, before my dividers, I put anything that is really important at the time. Whatever I need to keep in the forefront of my mind. For example, a doctor’s appointment, the boys’ dentist appointments, or their reminder cards for their yearly checkups.
- The first section of the dividers is where I put my daily planner sheets. I put each sheet in a page protector. I fill out the month and dates on each sheet. Then I start writing in my daily to-do list. I know that some people will think I am crazy for handwriting this, and I get it. There is just something I like about writing it out. However, feel free to type it up if that is easier for you. This is the whole point of this post, create a planner that works best for YOUR needs. 🙂
- I usually write up enough days for 8 weeks. I keep them all (in sheet protectors) in the first divider section.
- Then I started creating each section:
- Ask Ben: I put anything here that needs to be discussed with my husband. I don’t use this as much as I use to. My husband was working offshore for 5 weeks at a time so I needed a place to put things for when he got home.
- Important: I usually use this section for passwords, bill information, or any type of information that I usually need several times a week. For example, our wifi password. 🙂
- ASAP: Anything that needs to be taken care of ASAP. For example, this past summer my husband had to have two surgeries, and I kept all paperwork pertaining to his surgeries here.
- Big Projects: Anything that we have going on that is bigger than everyday stuff. For example, we had to get a new roof this summer. I kept all that information here.
- I also keep a place for my prayer list and grocery list.
I hope this gives you some ideas to work with. Even if you don’t recreate my planner step by step, maybe this will give you a starting point. I created this because I couldn’t find anything that fit my specific needs so if you are having the same difficulty, take my advice and create your own. Find what works for you. I am all for whatever makes your day easier and gives you a little less stress and anxiety.
Happy Planning!!! 🙂 🙂
“For unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6