One point I like to drive home in my Consulting, is how much easier life’s tasks become once you write them down. Visualizing the goal takes it to an extreme level, but the first step in any organizational plan is to write it down on paper and set baseline goals from there.
A paper planner gives you the option to section off organizing projects or routine tasks by using dividers. Giving each divider a unique label will help you focus in on your goals. For this specific example, we’ll say that you need to have a guide for when your kids have sports practice, school events, Doctor appointments and vacations. Achieve organization by creating a tabbed divider for each goal and whenever you need to refer back to often. You can create anything from simple grids to beautiful color-coordinated tracking sheets for anything quick reference.
You have so many options these days – Either purchase pre-made templates at the office supply or designers from Etsy, you can find a million designs and styles. Or you can simply create your own printables from your personal computer. Whether using Word, Excel, Publisher or any other software program that designs your form, there are endless possibilities. (I have a lot of free templates, found in the menu at the top of this page as well).
Keeping your planner with you is an option – there are so many sizes, easily tote-able in your purse or work bag, even pocket-size. Another option is to house it in your home office space or wherever you do your planning. Many of my clients have set up command centers right in their kitchen.
Some great subjects to set up in your planner that will keep you organized are:
- Cleaning Schedule
- Work Schedule
- Business Goals
- Children’s Schedule
- Perpetual Calendar (Birthdays, Anniversaries, Community Events, etc.)
- Vacation Calendar
- Meal Plan
- Weight Loss Plan
- Workout Schedule
- Money Management
- To Do List
The possibilities are endless, but one thing is for sure – if you rely on routines and schedules to get the job done, this will absolutely make it possible to organize your life.
If you need an organizational plan, consider getting a planner and creating an outline that will set your goals in place.