I don’t know about you all, but I struggle to stay organized on a daily basis. I wear a lot of hats, and what works while I’m in homeschooling mom mode doesn’t necessarily work when I’m keeping track of numerous appointments. And all of that is completely different from staying focused on what I’m writing.
I’m one of those people who likes to be organized, and someone who absolutely has to write everything down. If it’s not written down, half the time it doesn’t get done. I’m also a huge fan of check lists.
In addition to a large desktop calendar, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tools that I rely on every day to stay organized.
Planners – These Do It All Planners are magnificent. Not only are they good for seventeen months, but they have plenty of space each week to keep track of everything, tear-off shopping and to-do lists in the back, and a bunch of stickers to use on the month-long calendar pages that are included. I actually keep two of these at my side. The Mom Planner is used for all things kids and appointments. The top row is for appointments and activities, the next row down is to keep track of our son’s school and seizure activity, and the third row our daughter’s home school studies. That leaves three more rows to use however needed.
Then I have a second one dedicated strictly to keeping my writing organized (and yes, I added a Wonder Woman sticker to the cover). In this planner, I keep track of important dates coming up, newsletter schedules, book promotions and releases, word counts, and more. Not only are they great for keeping me on track now, but I keep the old ones to look back and see what I might have done this time last year with a book.
Word Count Pages – I keep track of my words written when I’m working on a new book. I usually just write them down at the end of the day in my planner, but this time around, I tried something new. I made a diagram to color in with each 500 words added to the book. This has been a lot of fun, and I think I’ll be doing this for my future books as well.
Rocketbooks – Some of my absolute favorite tools are my Rocketbooks. If you haven’t heard of these before, they are fabulous notebooks. I toyed with the idea of ordering these for some time before my husband bought them for me. When combined with Frixion pens, it’s perfect for perfectionist note-takers like me. LOL I love that I can erase anything I write by using the erasers on the pens. There’s an application that I’ve downloaded to my phone that makes taking pictures of these pages easy and automatically e-mails them or uploads them to an appropriate folder in my Dropbox. Once I’ve taken pictures, I can then dampen a cloth that comes with the notebooks and easily wipe away all writing, giving myself fresh pages to start over with.
These Rocketbooks are wonderful because I no longer have to keep track of six other notebooks or remember which one I wrote something down in. I’m one of those people who always uses pencils because, if I mess up stuff on a page, I need to be able to correct it, otherwise I have to start over again. Being able to easily make changes, take a photo of my notes, and then start over with a clean page makes all of my little OCD tendencies so much easier to deal with. lol
Google Calendar – Finally, I rely heavily on my Google calendar online for any and all appointments. Reminders are sent to my phone 30 minutes before the appointment (or earlier, if necessary) to keep me on track.
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