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 Maximize Productivity Using Organizers, Planners, and Calendars 

Organizing your tasks, events, and goals is crucial for staying on top of things and maximizing productivity. Here’s a breakdown of how you can effectively use a combination of organizers, planners, and calendars:


  1. Digital Tools:
    • Calendar Apps: Use digital calendar apps like Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar, or Apple Calendar to schedule events, appointments, and deadlines. These apps often offer reminders and the ability to sync across devices. Google calendar allows you to link with your teens calendar so you can integrate the two so you don’t end up scheduling a work meeting when you need to be driving ‘moms taxi’.
    • Task Management Apps: Consider using task management apps like To-Do List, Trello, or Asana to list and prioritize your tasks. These apps allow you to break down your goals into smaller, actionable steps and track your progress.
    • Note-Taking Apps: Apps like Evernote, Google Drive or Microsoft OneNote can help you jot down ideas, make to-do lists, and organize information related to your projects. Again I tend to scatter amongst various apps. Narrow down which ones are your favorite and stick with them.
  2. Physical Tools:
    • Planners: Choose a planner that suits your preferences, whether it’s a daily, weekly, or monthly planner. Write down your appointments, tasks, and goals in your planner, and carry it with you so you can easily refer to it throughout the day. I am one who needs the page a day, I have never been a fan of the tiny little squares when there is so many things to write down.
    • Notebooks: Keep a dedicated notebook for brainstorming, jotting down ideas, and taking meeting notes. Having a physical notebook can be helpful for capturing ideas when you’re away from your computer or phone. Pick up some small dollar store ones and keep different ones with different topics. I’ve seen them attached with elastics to make it a mini 5 subject notebook.
    • Wall Calendar or Whiteboard: Hang a wall calendar or whiteboard in your workspace to visualize deadlines, milestones, and events. Use color-coding or different symbols to categorize different types of tasks or activities. Whiteboards don’t work well in my house, things often get wiped off by accident. Or someone uses a marker that is not a wipe off marker. The family does appreciate it when I have a monthly calendar up that they can see what is going on for all of us.
  3. Integration and Synchronization:
    • Sync your digital tools with each other to ensure consistency across platforms. For example, link your task management app with your calendar app so that your tasks automatically appear in your calendar.
    • Regularly review and update both your digital and physical organizers to keep them current. Schedule weekly or monthly planning sessions to assess your progress, adjust your goals, and plan for the upcoming period.
    • Consider using automation tools or integrations to streamline repetitive tasks, such as setting up recurring reminders for regular activities or syncing tasks between different apps.
  4. Flexibility and Adaptability:
    • Be flexible with your planning and willing to adjust your schedule as needed. Unexpected events or changes in priorities may require you to adapt your plans on the fly. Create a ‘when the poop hits the fan plan”
    • Prioritize your tasks based on urgency and importance, and be prepared to delegate or defer tasks that are lower priority or can be handled by someone else. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to decide what is most important.

By combining digital tools with physical organizers and adopting a flexible approach to planning, you can effectively manage your time, stay organized, and achieve your goals.

Do you prefer digital tools, pen and paper or a hybrid method?

I am a hybrid method person, I love paper and pen and lists but digital is so much more convenient for on the go. I just need to stick to one digital app or make sure they work together or I end up with stuff everywhere and spend way too much time looking for stuff.

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