Life has gotten busy. Business has picked up and just when school let out for the summer! Yeahhhhh! (can you hear my fear?)
In an effort to keep on top of my tasks and clients I have been working on creating a system for over a month. Nothing was working. I tried online calendars, shared calendars, spreadsheets , a notebook and more.
The notebook was actually my preference for tasks, not so much appointments though. These I seemed to need in my Outlook calendar. I needed the popup reminder whether on my computer or my Blackberry.
Fine… appointments solved, now the tasks and client work; which is the crux of my business and cannot be missed. I decided to look around my office supply store and indeed found what was similar to my notebook, but had the structure my scribbler was lacking.
What I ended up with was a planner that has one page for the week and appointment times from 7am to 7pm and the second page is like a notebook page with lots of rooms for notes and reminders. It’s what I thought I was looking for… and having been using it for a week, it has turned out perfectly.
I was re-reading my Time Management book by Julie Morgenstein and she goes into detail about how people can be Visual/Tactile or Linear/Digital. The stress is on discovering what works for you and then using that method.
I guess I am a mix of both; for tasks I am visual and I know it. Clients files are on the desk and the planner is open there as well. I need to ‘see’ my work to do it. But for kids appointments/meetings/seminars I am digital, which has the added bonus of a reminder bell. What systems do you have in place?