What do I actually use to stay organized and on track? Well it’s an ever evolving cycle of items as I continue to learn what does and doesn’t work for me. I always have more organizational tools going at once than I strictly need which I don’t think is a bad thing. I also don’t think that I’ll ever get to the point where I’m done perfecting this system. To be honest that idea excites me to no end. Continue getting more and more efficient as life progresses, being in the mindset that it’s okay that life changes and that I have a broad array of tools to help me cope with that. I actually really like that idea.
At any rate here is what I use now
1. Thrive Book.
Obviously. This is my baby. It’s my main goal for the year. It’s what keeps me sane. It’s also constantly changing in terms of layout and function. I start off really liking something and using the crap out of it and then quickly realize that feature could be better distributed and move it else where. I’m constantly changing the layout, the number of spaces I devote to certain aspects. I’m struggling with the wording being too specific or not specific enough. This thing is supposed to be so much more with a date book and it’s really helping me figure out how to express all of my coping mechanisms in actual words that would be helpful to other people. But how do you get all of that across without writing a book to go with every page? I’m working on it and slowly but surely it will happen.
2. Google Calendar
I deleted my Sunrise Calendar app this week after I realized google calendar does everything I want Sunrise to do and more. Not to mention I have so many google calendar widgets and functions available on my phone I really don’t need yet another calendar to deal with.
When the new year came around I reformatted all of my habits to more accurately reflect what’s important to me and what I want my days to look like. So far so good. I’m trying really hard to be honest with myself and to not lie to the thing. That was honestly a problem I had because I’m always on quests with my party and I didn’t want to hurt them too! But then that was just me avoiding my responsibilities. No more cheating!
4. Various MayDesign Notebooks
I have three that I keep on me at pretty much all times: My regular lined paper notebook that is my budget planner, my meal planner insert (old format, I am eyeballing the new format so hard right now!), and one of the new inside page layouts: the colorful hexagons, which I use as an idea keeper. I love these notebooks. I have had my budget journal and my meal planner for well over a year. I think I’ve had my budget journal for two years, and they are keeping up flawlessly. I’m not kidding either. These things are always in my purse or in my work bag. They aren’t falling apart, nothing has torn, the pages have been spilled on and still hold up. I definitely recommend hitting up their sales when they happen because while these little guys might be expensive, they are worth it. Not to mention there are new inside pages all the time and new cover designs coming out constantly. I love it!
Seriously. I got a new phone, an LG V10, and it has so much integrated google functionality I could die. There is the Google Now Widget which I love, the calendar works with my phone notifications flawlessly, and the voice feature (Google’s Siri) does everything for me. I mostly use it to remind me to do things and when and IT DOES. My new phone is google widgeted out. How do iPhone people live without widgets honestly? Telling google to remind me of things is the greatest idea ever. I’m not always around my planner, and I’m not always wanting to stop what I’m doing to take the time to write it down in my phone calendar. When I’m at work I have sticky notes, when I’m not, I don’t. This works for me and I’m really excited and also just a little embarrassed that it took me this long to use this function on my phone.
Those are the main things I use in my everyday life to keep my on track. I also have sticky notes. Shout out to sticky notes, you da real MVP. For real.
Aside from those I’m mostly just trying out new apps and new journaling techniques. I’m working on my mindfulness and reflection and so far it’s working. Writing is my number one way to do that but that’s an integrated feature in the Thrive Book too. So I’m working on my organization, I’m working on my mindfulness, I’m working on kicking ass.
What do you use to keep your life in shape?
Until next time,