As the years went by and I entered the workforce, working in a law office, I started to also keep a calendar for appointments, meetings, trial dates and pleading due dates.
In 2000, I took the Franklin Covey class “What Matters Most” and started using one of their planners. Additionally, I have always been into making lists for shopping, errands and various “To Do’s”.
A few weeks ago, when I started to think about preparing for 2016 and buying refill planner pages, I realized that I was using more planning tools than I really should be. I started 2015 with one planner (the Pink Arc Planner) and one small purse calendar, that I always carry with me. Sometime during the year, I lost my initial focus, or the planning system was not working for me, and I added a few more to the mix.
I started using a Page-A-Day Moleskin bound book for projects at work and also used Outlook to keep track of meetings, deadlines and project deliverables. Then for my birthday in February, I was given the small book with my initial “R”, which I use to write my errand and shopping lists in and I really like a lot. It eliminates the single sheet lists and post-its that I used to take with me to remember where I need to go and what I need to buy.
I also wanted to get myself more organized and set goals in my personal and blogging projects. Hence, the other Arc notebook/Planner with a section for Scrapbooking, each of my website/blogs (Pittsburgh Grammy and Hobbies with Heart), and health/fitness To Do’s and goals. I was also keeping a spiral-bound book and a couple plastic folders with miscellaneous notes on scraps of paper for blog post ideas, websites to research and people to contact.
When I realized how many different places I was keeping information, I was in disbelief. That is when I realized that I was Over-Planning and not really being focused and productive at all. There were too many places to write things and too many places to check to make sure I was accomplishing my goals and not missing any deadlines or appointments.
It was quite apparent to me that I needed to get a better Plan for my Planning in 2016. I must simplify and consolidate all of this into a better working solution to keep me from getting overwhelmed and being unproductive. While each of these serve a very important purpose for me, I know it’s a bit excessive and I am really trying to come up with a solution.
I’ve purchased the 2016 refill pages (Monthly and Weekly) to update the Pink Arc planner. I will consolidate all the sections from the other Arc notebook into the Pink one. I will still carry a small calendar in my purse along with the cute initial notebook for my shopping errands. And since I also have the 2016 Moleskine book, I will utilize that on my desk to keep track of my daily business tasks and goals. As for the random notes and papers in the folders, I plan to scan those and keep only digital copies on my laptop and will make this a practice everytime I have such notes, to eliminate the need for this clutter.
I have downloaded the Evernote App and have been trying to find the time to play around with it to see how I can possibly use it to get myself more organized with my scrapbooking and crafts. I hear that many crafters use it as an inventory system and also to save articles and websites for future reference, instead of having notes and random scraps of paper like I do currently.
I’d love to hear what type of Planners you use and your feedback on their effectiveness.
2016 will be a work in progress for me. I am hoping that I can come up with a more streamlined way of Planning that will suit all my needs.