Pretty much since mid-September I’ve had THREE Things I’ve been worrying about. Hosting a wedding party for a dear friend, a half-marathon, and a trip to Baltimore. As of right now? They’re all over.
Now, I’m fully expecting to use today as a DETOX day. See, everything I’ve needed to tackle recently in my life has been put either on an ASAP list or an AFTER list. Meaning, it needs to be done IMMEDIATELY or it can wait until the big three have passed. The AFTER list is about 42 pages long.
So, today is going to be a day where I sit down and go through all of the crap in my life I’ve been putting off until AFTER those three things. A day where I realize how behind I am on everything else. A day where I decide I’d rather go back in time and live in the limbo in between those events so I don’t have to actually do anything on my To Do list. A day where my family will wonder where I am and they’ll find me curled up in a fetal position in the corner mumbling incoherently.
It’s going to be great.
I’ve been polling around to see how everyone stays organized with task lists in their lives. I’ve decided that the big tool that works for general obligations in our family is the Google Calendar. It helps us keep track of everyone’s schedule. But, the day-to-day lists of stuff I need to do for the kids’ school, my volunteer obligations, social events or workouts? That stuff is the hard stuff I’m managing.
Digital notes on the calendar or the phone don’t seem to work for me. I’ve tried but I just seem to convince myself that it doesn’t need to be noted in digital format unless it’s just an event on the calendar. The generic tasks like, “Call about the banners” stuff seems too small to enter on the calendar. Also, the “tasks” like that needing to be done? I think my brain processes those better if I write them down, and then check them off later.
But what do I write them down on? Do you use a digital calendar AND a paper calendar? Or is that overkill? It seems silly to use both. I’m carrying around a notepad right now, but it’s just like a fancy “TO DO LIST” with no real organization by dates or anything. I’m not sure if that’s the best method.
So…how do you stay organized with daily tasks? Because I’ve forgotten more daily things lately than I care to admit. Thinks like “Bring A Bear To School” day or “Deadline For Permission Slip” day. Things that don’t really go on the calendar, but need to be remembered.
And preferably, I’d appreciate if your suggestions involved a necessary purchase of adorable paper products or office supplies. That always seems to help me adopt a new method.
Edit from 2021: I’m not deleting this entry because I want to document how I struggled greatly before the bullet journal 🙂