I know you have one. We all do. You know that pile of mail on the kitchen table – the grocery store fliers, the bills, the credit card applications, the coupons…
I used the kitchen table method of organization for years. But as my kids got older and my “things to do” list grew, I found myself forgetting things like paying the phone bill. Not good.
Since I’m the web administrator at Stacks and Stacks, you’d think I’d have a great online way to keep track of it all. But I don’t. I’ve never found anything that let’s me keep track o my life like my trusty paper planner.
Old fashioned? Maybe. But there’s something about writing it down. Makes me remember it, I guess. And I like to see everything on one page.
I don’t have to worry about the privacy of my data, or a website going down, or a company going out of business with the contents of my life.
My other trusty organization tools: the shredder and recycle bin
I actually spent a few years before I found the planner that, for me, is “The Perfect One”. It has monthly tabs and is large enough to hold bill sized envelopes, and snaps shut so I don’t lose anything.
Now, I sort the mail as soon as it enters the house. Junk mail goes into the recycle bin; the coupons I will use go into my wallet; those tempting credit card offers go straight to the shredder; and I write all my bill amounts and due dates into my planner so I know when to pay them online, (see, I DO use the Internet) then I shred those too.
It’s all life stuff
In my opinion, there is no “work stuff” and “home stuff”. It’s all life stuff. So every morning I check my planner to see what needs to be paid, what appointments I have to keep, where I need to take my kids, and what fun thing I get to do with my husband when it’s all done.
How do you keep your life in order?