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Get Organized Now! NEWSLETTER By Maria Gracia March 11, 2017
Thought of the Week from Maria
One of the Most Important Organizing Tools in My Life I have a number of organizing tools to keep my environment looking nice (label maker, baskets, storage containers, drawer sorters) and my life on track (notebooks, binders, index dividers, file folders). Still, there is one organizing tool I have that is the most important to me…and that is my calendar. I have my Outlook calendar synced with my iPhone. I know many folks still like a paper calendar, and that is fine if it works for you. But let me tell you why I personally prefer to use the calendar on my phone: 1. My phone is always with me and it’s lightweight. 2. My phone holds year’s of data, so if I want to schedule something two years from now, I easily can or if I want to search for something, doing so is a cinch. 3. My phone reminds me (several times with sound and with vibration) when something I have to do is coming up. Even if, heaven forbid, I lose my phone, I have it set up to automatically back up, so my calendar can easily be retrieved on a replacement phone, my computer, or other device, like a tablet. My calendar is like having a secretary with me all the time…tapping my shoulder, advising me to move on to the next scheduled task, project, appointment, or event. There is something I want to mention in relation to this. Like many people, I do a lot in a given day, and if I included every little detail in my phone calendar, each day would have dozens of entries, Here’s what a sample weekday in my phone calendar may look like (in “list view,” which is what I use most of the time): 6:30A Wake up 7:15A Drive Amanda to school 8:30A Zumba Instruction 10:00A Call Smead Office Supplies for Video Conference 11:00A Work on Daily TO DO List for Work 12:30N Lunch 1:15P Radio Interview with PBS 1:30P Work on Daily TO DO List for Work 3:00P Pick up Amanda from School 4:30P Take Amanda to piano lessons 6:00P Dinner 7:30P Work on Home Projects You’ll notice that at 11A, 1:15P, and 7:30P, I have a more general notation in my phone calendar. I’m actually using my Daily TO DO lists for both work and home in conjunction with my phone calendar. Once those times roll around, I immediately go to my TO DO lists and complete a whole bunch of tasks and projects that are appropriately chosen and prioritized. The calls at 10:00A and 1:15P are in the phone calendar (as opposed to just my paper TO DO list) because they were important enough to get a phone reminder. Your calendar is your key to getting and staying organized. Yes, you can always choose to rearrange your calendar when something comes up that you “have” to do (like bring the dog to the vet) or that you “want” to do, (like taking a longer lunch with a friend), but it’s your calendar that’s going to help you stay on top of things, without the risk of you forgetting something important. So, while baskets, file folders, and label makers are certainly helpful items to have, it’s a well-planned out day, a well-organized calendar, in conjunction with well- prioritized TO DO lists…with reminders…and, of course, personal commitment that will decide whether or not you’re accomplishing what you set out to do.
In Closing “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” ― Thomas Edison And remember...Being organized creates a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life! Warmly, Maria Gracia Get Organized Now!
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