Life is busy. But here’s the thing. It is busy for everyone. I do not like being that friend that spaces out and misses a coffee date, or the wife that forgets that my husband has a big work meeting or a mama that misses a school party!
Here are some of the tools that I use to keep organized.
Google Calendar: I use this like nobody’s business. It syncs to my phone, so pretty much I always have access to my calendar. I get reminders on my computer AND phone. I add events for my personal calendar. If I have something that means that my husband needs to be home with littlebird–I invite him to it and add a note saying that he needs to make sure he’s home, OR if he has something schedule I know to get a sitter. I am starting to use this feature if I make plans with a friend-I invite them to my google event too.
I also use this as a reminder tool. I will schedule reminders such as schedule dentist appointment, call and cancel this credit card, when library books are due, etc.
Paper Calendar: I do like to keep track of personal goals, and some to-do lists on paper. For this I use a simple paper calendar. This year I am using a cute personalized one my mother in law got for me.
EverNote: This app has changed my life. I have barely touched the surface of all this app can do. Right now I use it for meal planning, blog planning, storing recipes (food and essential oil). I also create notebooks to store vacation notes, health information, home information, work paperwork. I can access it on my computer and my phone. I can add pictures instantaneously, sync PDFs and link to websites.
Waking up Early: This might seem silly, but if I wake up at 5am, 2 hours before littlebid wakes up, that is 2 WHOLE hours I have to think and plan clearly. I don’t spend all this time planning/organizing, but it gives MrBird and I a chance to sync up about our day or week’s schedules without being interrupted. It also gives me time to plan and assess. I might be a little more tired from waking up early, but I am certainly less frazzled!
Patience/Grace: Despite my best efforts, I am human and imperfect. I miss deadlines and I make errors. I try hard not to beat myself up over these things. I give myself grace, and realize that I am busy, and have a lot going on. I try to figure out what happened and see if I can prevent the same mistake from happening again. AND I apologize to whoever I impacted with my error.
What are your must-have tools for staying organized?