I tend to think of myself as an Organized Person. It may not look like I'm organized, but I do tend to get things done on time, be where I'm supposed to be fairly close to when I'm supposed to be there, and know where things are.
Today's Ten on Tuesday topic is Ten Ways to Be More Organized. My suggestions:
- THINK organized! It's a state of mind. . .
- Plan ahead. Lay out your clothes for tomorrow before you go to bed; keep your work-out stuff packed and ready to go; check your calendar BEFORE you head out the door, etc.
- Embrace the high-tech tools! For me, it's iEverything that keeps me iOrganized. Between my iMac, my iPad and my iPhone. . . I've got it covered.
- Embrace the low-tech tools! Of course, there's nothing like Post-It notes, the hand-written grocery list and the stand-by planner. (I am in the process of converting from the old-school planner to the iPad planner, so right now . . . it's a little of both.)
- Keep things handy. Tom and I make use of a white board (in the photo above) that we keep on the kitchen counter. We jot down things we need to pick up from the grocery store, or we write each other notes. It's always there. We tend to use it.
- Keep things portable. I have little "tool kits" that I keep at the ready. (My knitting "tool kit" is in the photo above.) If it's in kit form, I grab-and-go. (Some of my tool-kits include knitting stuff, work-out stuff, touch-up make-up stuff, office supply stuff, and - in season - gardening stuff.)
- Use reminder tools. I couldn't function without my pill-minder!
- Make lists. I always keep a little notebook in my bag (it's the one with the dots design in the photo above). It's only purpose is to jot down lists and notes of errands, etc. I carry it right into the grocery store with me and cross things off as I shop. When I fill one up, I replace it with another.
- Use colorful files and supplies. I'm not a color-coordinated organizer, but I do like pretty file folders and desk supplies that make me smile.
- Manage the paper flow! (I'm always struggling with this one. . .) We make use of a giant bulletin board in the back closet to capture schedules and calendars.
(Please note I did not share a photo of my desk or any of my closets. Organization? What Organization?)