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Write it Down! 

by Rachel Paxton

Daily planners, electronic organizers, post-it notes, lists...they're all ways to keep track of your daily schedule. And I've tried them all!  I don't know why I've been resistant to writing things down. I start on a new system for a week or two and then I'm back to trying to juggle everything in my head again.

So what's the easiest way to keep track of your schedule?  After looking for the fool-proof way to keep my daily activities straight, I finally realized that my problem wasn't that I hadn't found the perfect organizing solution, the problem was that I didn't want to take the time to write things down.

After realizing the source of my stumbling block, I understood that I was just giving in to the urge to trust my own memory.  I didn't want to admit that I couldn't keep everything straight in my head anymore.

I never thought I'd be a mom who was working, carpooling, attending meetings, volunteering...it's enough to drive any sane person insane!

To keep my activities in order, I now use a combination of a daily planner and a large desktop calendar.  The point is not how I'm doing it, but that I have a system.

The daily planner keeps track of phone calls to make, lunch dates, meetings, appointments, and other activities. This calendar is for personal, family, volunteering, and church-related activities. I make notes of items I plan to accomplish each day and/or week, and then check them off as they are completed. This planner fits in my purse and includes phone numbers, addresses, and dates I want to remember. I use a daily planner for one year and then replace it with a new one. The old one is filed for future reference. 

The desktop calendar organizes work-related activities. On my work calendar I keep track of phone calls to make, reports to issue, appointments to schedule. I know when time cards need to be filled out, and what day to water the plants. I know who is scheduled for training when, and what invoices need to be approved, and on what day. I can look at a month at a glance, and at the end of the month, regularly scheduled activities are transferred to the next month. The calendar for the previous month is folded up and filed for future reference.

Ever since I have been writing things down I have found my life is so much more organized. My brain got tired when I tried to remember everything myself. Now I write things down as I think of them and check them off as I complete them. When I'm tired and can't think my organizers remember for me.

About the Author
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the owner of Organized-mom , featuring the Easy Organizer, loaded with tools to help you plan, schedule, remember events, keep in touch, get your family on an organized schedule, prioritize, and more.

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