(This is Part 1 of a three part series on getting my life together.)
For years at work I’ve used a Franklin Covey planner to keep myself organized. While it is an excellent system, it’s not really working for me in regard to things at home – like bill paying, meal planning, errands, etc.
At home, I have a time management situation. And a bad memory situation. I am super forgetful and lately, if it’s not written down, it doesn’t get done. I completely space things off unintentionally all the time, which is bad. Juggling events at the fitness center, baby plans, doctor appointments, bill paying, blogging :), sewing, devotional time, and all the other day to day household stuff like cooking and cleaning leaves me feeling like I am living in a daze. I get easily distracted and overwhelmed and instead of taking care of things, I find myself avoiding everything.
So in an attempt to stay on top of things, I usually have about 7 random lists (from shopping lists to things that need cleaned to sewing/craft ideas to blog topics) scattered throughout the house, which usually results in the lists getting lost and being unable to locate them when I need them. And then I get really super frustrated.
One thing that I’ve decided to attempt in 2011 is to be better organized in my household stuff. My first goal was to find some sort of weekly planner for household matters. I wanted something super simple and streamlined that I could use every week to track bill paying, meal planning, and household duties. I came across this free weekly planner on Tip Junkie and thought that it was completely what I had in mind. After using it for the past couple of weeks, I decided it was good, but it wasn’t entirely ideal. I didn’t like that I was only looking at a week at a time. I like to plan ahead when possible; it’s helpful if I can look ahead a week or two and make my to-do list accordingly.
Over the weekend, I found the “Organizher” line of products at Target. There are few things in life that I love shopping for more than planners and organizational products. They make me very happy. I loved 99% of the “OrganizHer” products that I saw…my husband totally doesn’t understand this obsession, but that’s ok. Anyway, I found this “Write and Wipe” monthly planner, which is precisely what I’ve been looking for. Room to jot down lists, appointments, meals, etc. It’s magnetic, so it hangs on the fridge, and it’s a dry erase board, so it’s super easy to use and make changes to when necessary. Love it.
Having it at the ready will allow me to keep track of everything in one place: make notes, jot down phone calls that need to be placed, errands that need to be run, groceries that need to be purchased, etc, in addition to household chores. My hope is to spend some time on Sundays planning and preparing for the upcoming week.
If you’re searching for something similar, Tip Junkie listed a bunch of different download and ideas; you can check them out here. They are all free downloads, so if you’re in the market for a weekly planner, they may be worth checking out before plunking down cash for something.
Making a list won’t necessarily get things done, but it’s a step closer to crossing a few things off my list. And that in itself is a step in the right direction.
Another organization solution that I would like to try will help me get household clutter under control before the kid arrives. I read about in the Duggar family book I recently read. Part 2 coming tomorrow!