Most busy wild women are always keeping an eye out for the holy grail of time management tools. I admit it, I've been through a number of ways to try and management my time, tasks and life... generally always taken by the glitter, sparkle and wooing of the latest gadget or app. I remember toting every imaginable Franklin Planner -- I usually wound up breaking the spine because I crammed everything in.
Right now I've been fairly comfortable using a combo of my Google calendar and Evernote. Years ago I learned a very simple and functional organization/filing method from legendary time management specialist Brian Tracy. It's called a 45-file system. This is a tickler file that lets you plan and organize your activities and callbacks for the next twenty-four months. This is how it works.
First you get a box of forty-five files with fourteen hanging files to put them in. The forty-five files are divided as follows: There are thirty-one files numbered one through thirty-one for the days of the month. There are twelve files for the months of the year. January through December. The last two files are for the next two years. This is a wonderful system that you can also use with hanging files in your desk drawer.
Another blogger described it well - here is her blog posting:
About a year ago I was introduced to a simple and frugal method called a "Bullet Journal". Here is the link:
All you use is a notebook and a pen - imagine that! It's a beautiful thing and I encourage you to check it out. I actually blogged about it last January! Click HERE to read it. I tucked it away in my memory banks, and would like to try it out, but right now I literally am juggling so many balls in the air that I'm just not ready to sit back and try to revamp my organizing methods! I think I would like to take a mental health day this summer and steal away with just myself and my laptop and a journal/pen -- and rework my life!
But, in the meantime, I invite you to try these recommendations in your own jugglefest called life, and do please comment or email me and let me know how it works for you, or what methodologies you find successful in your own time and life management!
Coach Linda Bush