Birgit Kuester February 28, 2021 Planner
Another thing you can do is get yourself one of those fantastic diary planners. These business diaries or organizers are exactly that - the key to being well organized. Once again you need to adopt the habit of writing your plans and ideas down as they come to you. Think in writing. When you know the next appointment you will have - write it in. This includes important phone calls, business meetings and family get-togethers. This way you are really utilizing the true benefits to a calendar.
Make sure you keep your organizer in a place where you can easily see it and get to it throughout your day. If you are going somewhere take it with you. I keep mine on the dining table. I work nearby so I just go over to it to get back on track. Build it slowly. Rome was not built in a day. Whether you have opted for a pre-made weekly planner, a binder you are filling in with templates or an electronic time management piece work on filling it in a little at a time. Set aside some time each day to prepare a section or a page. Spend no more than 30 minutes a day on it or you may get overwhelmed and tired. If you are working on your cleaning lists build them when you clean a room. That way you will know what cleaning details you will need to list. Do one room at a time.
First pick an organizer that will work for you. A weekly planner, templates that you can print off and put in the binder of your choice, or an electronic organizer. Choose the style you are most likely to use. Not everyone wants electronic. As much as I like gadgets a little zippered binder that is filled with my own templates works the best for me. At the very least, to manage your life details your organizer should contain... calendar to do list phone numbers If you plan on also using your organizer to help you manage your plan then you will also want templates such as... menu planner cleaning lists maintenance lists bill payment list plan inventory grocery list.
All physical objects have an associated thought template. The physical representation of this template is in the form of a schematic, a drawing, or an action plan, but the origin of the template is in thought. The function of the schematic is simply to help you remember the thought template! A skilled technician, artist, or planner, if he or she works with the thing long enough, can eventually manifest that template without aid of the schematic. When you lose that template of thought, even if you have the schematic, you lose the knowledge that enabled you to build it. A blueprint for a house, for example, is incomprehensible to someone who does not know how to read blueprints! That is because the thought template that created the blueprint is absent.
Time is the self-proclaiming constant in any project. Resources, schedules, even requirements can change but no one can manipulate time. And, from my own experience I can attest that "rushing against time" never works. Time always wins that race! This is why "planning" is your trump card. Knowing and understanding your plan and everything you have to do at all times will give you the leverage you need to shift gears at any moment. Schedule your various tasks with enough time to comfortably finish each task properly and adequately. Your motto should be to "do it right the first time and forget it."
Consider it for a second. Why is it that when you ca not drag yourself out of bed at seven hundred to get to work by eight hundred, you may jump out of bed with great passion on a weekend at 5 hundred to spend a day in your favorite hobby or past time? As the leisure activity brings you joy. You are inspired to get out of bed as you know the day will bring you happiness, as opposed to the workday that brings torment. So, in order incenticize yourself to exercise effective resource allocation, you may use the carrot of the Gigantic Benefit of resource allocation instead of the stick your head honcho likely uses--increased productivity. Do not forget, the more time you can release, the more time you may have for your fave activities.