Out of all the adjectives people could use to describe me, I’d venture to say “spontaneous” is not one of them. I am a super goal-oriented-list-dependent-plan-aheader. There’s a part of me that wishes I could just do things on a whim, or procrastinate from time to time, but I’ve learned that thorough planning and working ahead makes me feel less anxious and better prepared. Bottom line: I function better when I’m overly organized and know what to expect.
In order to stay organized and properly plan out the various facets of my life, I depend highly on agendas. Yes, agendas…plural. I have one larger planner that I keep on my desk at home, and a smaller, more portable one, that I can carry around with me. I know this seems excessive, but its the system that works for me.
I know what some of you are thinking, Welcome to 2016, Molly! We have cell phone calendars, now. Trust me, I tried exclusively using a calendar app on my phone, but I quickly realized that wiring things down, the action of putting pen to paper, is something I couldn’t completely give up. Physically writing things down helps me to better remember them as opposed to just typing important things into an app. That being said, I do use a calendar app (iCalendar) on my phone in addition to my two agendas.
Now that you know what I use to stay organized, I’ll walk you through the process of how I stay organized.