There are some things in life that I keep highly organized, and other items that I procrastinate about and they are never organized. My schedule and to-do lists are always organized, and I like having cute things to make the process more fun. I can't do the whole iCalendar thing. It's not fun, it's not pretty and I hate the annoying beep reminders. So, as you can see, iCalendar goes against everything in my being.
I started with a planner in elementary school, so it's been a routine for a long time and it's the only way I can keep my plans organized.
I keep a separate planner at work, which I leave on my desk at all times. I don't like mixing my work appointments in with my life/blog schedule. It stresses me out a bit to be honest, and it's easier for me to leave work at work and focus on that work/life balance a bit more.
I also like using a simple, month view only planner and a pencil to brainstorm a monthly editorial calendar for the site. If there are any posts I absolutely have to get up within a certain time frame or on a certain day, I put those down first. Then, I fill in with ideas in pencil. I know I can always erase and move around if I need to with a pencil.
I love the additional pieces Sugar Paper designed this year including the document holder, two different size padfolios and the weekly deskpad/mousepad. I've been using the document holder to carry my iPad. The large padfolio is perfect for toting around to jot down random ideas, thoughts or people to email. It allows me to keep everything synced and together, which is exactly what I need.
So, how do I use everything to keep myself organized? Most importantly, I put everything in my planner. From workouts to devotional time at night, phone calls to make, places I need to be, dinner at home or out, family members out of town. You name it, I write it all down.
I also use my planner to keep track of financial goals and my budget. I don't really go anywhere without my planner during the day when I'd worry about those things, so I keep it all in one place and never have to worry. I love this 2016 planner because it actually has a dedicated place to add financial goals, which is the first time I've ever seen a planner with that spot. It works perfect for me.
Highlighters, pens, pencils, washi tape, and binder clips keep my schedule organized enough that I can take a quick glance and know what's coming up. Sit down for 15-20 minutes and organize your key on a scrap piece of paper. I use pink highlighter for fun events or a night out, yellow highlighter for phone calls I need to make, black pen for birthdays, and pencil for just about anything else.
Make sure to check out the holiday gift wrap Sugar Paper designed for Target this year as well. Happy shopping!