In my personal quest to be one of the organized I have tried out dozens (okay, WAY more than dozens - I hang my head in shame) of datebooks, time table strategies, and planners. Almost all of them revolving around the clock and calendar, instead of the tasks to be done. I would try, fail, and with renewed promise try and fail again. Of course thinking, if it has it's own aisle in the office store clearly it is the best method. Ugh.
Let us walk through the repeated course of events, shall we? I would find a new, improved planner. Maybe it is in booklet form - my personal favorite, I would imagine myself penning and accomplishing so very much, or more forward into the advanced technology with some computerized form. Please remember that I married the guy who had and actively used one of the first PDAs. Personal digital assistant for those youngster among us. So the pressure to move forward to streamlined, paperless process is high. I should have stopped there and glared. I love paper. I collect paper. I write with a pen and paper first, then type (although I have promised to attempt to use the computer more... it isn't going smoothly). I still melt away with smell of an old book. - Paper ramble over, back to the organization attempts. - With new method in hand the night before I would plan the coming day in great detail. Grand plans of how I would accomplish this or that between 8am to 10am, and so on. Looking back I am surprised i had not schedule bathroom breaks too. At some point (usually before noon) during day one some item would get pushed forward for whatever reason, I would need a clear-my-freaking-head break from a creative project, or I would just fall behind. Then EVERYTHING is behind. Something would get bumped to the next day. great. I hate, and i do mean hate, being tardy or late with or to anything. I am the person a half hour early to appointment. I bring an old book.
For day two, in all my positive glory, I would schedule in more broad terms. This being an effort to ease the foul mood that would wash over me if the schedule I set forth failed. Terms would become broader and broader until once again carry all the real to-do items in my head alone and the planner would be just symbol of a dream with a few appointments scattered.
Now, it wasn't always a few days. Sometimes I would carry a method on for months. Some of the most stressful months for me and anyone around me. What use is a system that stresses and causes more hassle? None, that's what. The fact was my day and needs aren't time table/clock based. I have few hard scheduled appointment. I have, in personal and professional life, a task based life. Add in my need to bounce around and ramble, good luck date book! So in my effort create a system for a tasker, I create to 8 x 10 charts, if you will. 8 x 10 so I could easily frame them with something pretty. Beautifying and organizing in one go. I use dry ease markers on the glass, so I may use them everyday. Now I check things off as I go. Daily, weekly, or monthly lists, areas for notes, and even a spot to remember my personal needs. If I need to stop midway through and come back later, no stress.
What do you think of my home organization chart?