I used to be an advocate of the DayTimer. Remember those? The bulky all-in-one organizers where you kept your calendar, contacts, to-do lists, notes, maybe even your expense reports? If it wasn’t in my DayTimer, it didn’t happen or wasn’t going to happen. But with the advent of the smartphone, the trusty old DayTimer fell by the wayside. I keep everything in my phone now. My calendar, contacts, to-do lists, notes (even voice memos), grocery lists, reminders, etc. You name it, it’s likely in my phone.
Recently, however, I’ve taken another look at the old-fashioned organizer system, especially after an article in the January 2017 issue of RWA.
With writing deadlines, release dates, marketing and promo, book signings, appearances, blog posts (like this one) etc., I couldn’t see the big picture with my phone (or iPad for that matter). I found myself shuffling between my phone, a Word-created calendar, and a calendar on my computer desktop. So, I ordered an organizing system – one recommended in the RWA article, and I’m loving it.
I have my monthly calendar, which also includes a goals and to-do-list, where I can see the big picture and plan ahead. Then I have a weekly view, where I can get more granular. Of course, it also includes note pages, and a nifty laminated list where I can make notes in dry erase marker. It’s really helped me stay organized with all I have going on this year.
Of course, I haven’t found one system that has it all. The paper-based organizer is bulky, just like the DayTimer was, and I don’t want to carry it with me. My purse already feels like it’s full of bricks. So I leave it open on my desk and refer to it daily to see what’s up that day and where I need to be tomorrow. It also shows me where I could be getting overloaded with too many commitments.
There are pros and cons to each system. Here are a few:
I’m still working on my system, but so far so good. What system do you use to keep yourself organized?