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I’m always on a quest to be more organized or try a new organization method. I have a calendar, a to do list app on my phone and my computer but I always find myself coming back to my favorite office tools.
For years I have tried to look organized by others’ standards. Clean desk, neat and tidy files, and everything in its place. But my brain just doesn’t seem to work that way. I feel more productive when my entire desk is covered with papers, files, my laptop and three or four pens. Oh, and then the row of Post-It Notes on my laptop and beside my phone and along the side of my desk.
But the reality of my life and my organization is that I am more organized in piles. I read an article many years ago about the difference between horizontal and vertical filers. I definitely fall into the horizontal filing category. In my life, most people file things vertically in filing cabinets. In my office, a piece of paper that goes into a file folder and then in a drawer is lost forever for me. But papers in a stack on the corner of my desk, or in front of my computer are documented in my brain and I’m usually able to find the letter or invoice in short order in my piles.
Because of this, the typical calendar and phone apps don’t seem to work so well for me either. I love making lists and crossing things off. I have also been known to add things to my list that I’ve already done just so that I can cross them off the list! My husband just laughs at my “false” sense of efficiency.
Part of my challenge using my paper calendar is that I might want to change something. I like to have a flexible schedule and also a neat and tidy calendar.
This is where my stacks of Post-It Notes come in. I absolutely love Post-It Notes! I use them for literally everything! I have found that I love to make lists on Post-It Notes. Once I’ve crossed off all the items, I can crunch them up and toss them out and feel very efficient!
I recently purchased a Post-It Note calendar and I absolutely love it. I have the calendar hanging on my fridge and use if for our family calendar with the events and commitments for each family member. I have also used it as a menu planner so we can see at a glance what the menu plan is for the day, week and month.
This particular calendar has magnets on the back so it sticks to the fridge. It also has a great selection of colored sticky notes on the side that are the exact size of the calendar squares. So, if I need to write a note for a particular day, the Post-It Note fits right in the box.
Last week, I took the previous month’s calendar page and turned it over and used it to organize my blog topics for the month. I used a different color for each type of topic. This has worked so well for me because I can then take that little sticky piece of paper and put it on my phone to remind me of the next topic I need to write up.
I also love using Post-It Notes for my reminders. I have a great reminder app on my phone, but more often than not, I will write my list on a Post-It Note and stick it to my phone! I love the technology of my phone and my computer, but there’s just something tangible about a little piece of colored paper!
What is your favorite tool to help you stay organized? What is your favorite use for Post-It Notes? I’d love to hear your ideas.