Tips for List-Making

If you know me personally, you know I am an organizer.  I love organizing myself and taking time to write things in my planner, and I enjoy helping others with this too.  Heck, my dream job is to be a Professional Organizer.

So by this nature, I am a list-maker. ¬†I’m the one who makes a to-do list everyday, and swears by “write it down so you can cross it off.” ¬†It just helps me feel productive and successful.

Here are my top tips for list-making:

  • Give your lists titles. ¬†This will help you keep lists separate, and know exactly what you are trying to accomplish.
  • Write down everything. ¬†No task is too small when it comes to making lists. ¬†Write down tiny tasks so that you can have that accomplished feeling upon crossing them off.
  • Start a new list everyday. ¬†Starting a new list everyday will help you focus and understand what needs to get done for a given day. ¬†Transferring items that didn’t get finished the day before will help put the current day into perspective and keep items from being forgotten.
  • Keep ongoing lists. ¬†Make lists that will take time to complete, and maybe even date items as you complete them. ¬†This helps to complete larger tasks in more manageable steps.
  • Switch up where/how you make lists. ¬†I make lists in all kinds of ways: using stickers, checkboxes, with washi, crossed-off, etc. ¬†Make all kinds of lists in many different ways – you will find that some ways are better suited for one kind of list.

These are the most relevant and applicable listing tips that I use and live by, and I hope they help you too!

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Planner Organization: Monthly

So, if you know me at all, you probably know that I am an organization junkie. ¬†And the culmination of all my organizational efforts is… (pause for dramatic effect) MY PLANNER. ¬†For almost two years now, I have sworn by the¬†Erin Condren Life Planner, and I still don’t think I will ever buy a different planner ever again. ¬†This planner seriously has everything I could have ever wanted: months, days, morning/afternoon/night sections, stickers, pockets… I could go on. ¬†I know they’re expensive, but they’re totally worth it. ¬†Okay, rant about EC planners – over.

Organizing my monthly calendar is one of the most important things I do with my planner.  Taking the time to write everything down in my monthly at-a-glance keeps me organized and ready for anything.  Whenever someone asks me if I can take an extra shift at work, or if I can grab dinner, or really anything else РI need to check my monthly calendar.  Here is a picture of my monthly calendar for February. (I sometimes decorate with stickers)

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I use different colored pens to color code things on my monthly calendar, for example work is in blue, sorority in purple, classes in dark pink & mint, other events in light pink.  I am constantly adding more things and categories and more colors, so my calendar is basically never the same from month to month.  I use stickers that came with the planner such as doctors appointments, dentist appointments, plays, etc., but I also had personalizable stickers made from Erin Condren.  I use these all the time for sorority events, work events, dinners, and many other things.  I also make use of the blank stickers that come with the planner.
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I then use the Martha Stewart Home Office Removable Labels for school projects and exams.

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Taking the time to figure out this system has really paid off for me, because I really am very organized and rarely do not have something written down in my planner.  This allows me to be able to be less stressed, and be able to see everything for that month in one spread.  I think that this can help many people become more organized in their lives, or at least give some tips to help with organization.

Are you an organization junkie?  Is your planner your best friend?

More juice later! – Jen

Back to Class!

So…. I’m finally heading back to class tomorrow after a month off – and I’m not looking forward to it. ¬†I always dread going back to class because I hate school. ¬†And I say this every semester when it starts, and then I don’t really mind class every week, especially since the weeks fly by when you’re in college. ¬†I took today to prepare myself for class tomorrow by printing syllabi, putting dates in my planner, and getting myself organized, as well as doing some assignments for my online class. ¬†Thinking about going to bed early in order to wake up at 7:30…. wahhhhhh.

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Well, here’s to everyone going back to classes and good luck this semester!!

More juice later! – Jen