My Big Work Planner

work-plannerAll this talk about notebooks ("My Favourite Organising Tools #1 – Notebooks" and "The Evil and Catch-All Notebooks") got me thinking…I have my planner for my personal stuff and my bils and appointments – but what about work?

I have so many tasks to keep track of at work. My inbox serves as a sort of urgent to-do list, but I also have a list of regular things to do every day, and then some specifics things for certain days of the week. Then I have things to do on the first and fifteenth of the month – ACK! How can I keep it all organized?

Well, here it is; Eva's Big Work Planner!

It's a large binder that lies flat on my desk. I've divided up into Monday through Friday, 1st, 15th, and a section for blog notes and ideas, with colorful plastic dividers that have a pocket in them for discs and miscellaneous stuff.

For each section/day I have made a to-do list and placed it in a plastic page protector so I can use a wipe-off marker to cross things off as I do them. I placed the page so it faces me from the left side of the binder so I can have paper for notes on the right.

Then for any out of the ordinary type reminders or to-do's, I have my trusty sticky notes. If I don't complete those on any given day, I can move them to the next. Or if I know I have something like a conference call on Thursday, I'll just put a sticky note on Thursday's page to remind me.

So far it’s working great!!

Any more inspiring notebooks out there?

6 thoughts on “My Big Work Planner

  • April 2 2008 at 4:58 am
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    Eva, I LOVE your system, esp the post-its that you can move from one day to the next.

    I do that with monthly tasks

  • April 4 2008 at 4:48 pm
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    How do ya like that! I have the same planner :)

    Aren't those dividers with the pockets in them the best?! Long enough for the tab to stick out beyond the page protectors too.

    I call mine "Sanity" – it totally keeps me on track. I use one for home, one for business – I even have a couple I use as cookbooks. (I stick new recipes I've printed in the pockets of each section – if I they're keepers, then I stick em in page protectors…which wipe off when I spatter something on them)

    What I think I love the most is that there was little to buy. Other than the section dividers, everything else was either repurposed, typed up in word, or free templates.

    I've probably tried a hundred different systems – doesn't it figure that the basic freebie works the best for me.

  • April 5 2008 at 5:46 pm
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    We could go into business and make a million! :)

    Thanks for your comment!

  • April 5 2008 at 8:26 pm
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    I have a similar household planner. It has sections for Bills/Finances, Routines, Grocery /Menu Planning and my Son's School section, oh and Medical Info. I made it earlier this year and LOVE it! It is in a basic binder with clear plastic sleeves and dividers just like yours.

  • April 7 2008 at 10:13 am
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    That's great, Alyssa! It is amazing how the simplest solution is often the best one.
    :)

  • January 13 2009 at 10:38 am
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    Wouldn't it be safer for the evil thoughts to write them down and then shred the paper? What is the purpose is keeping them after you have vented them? It seems that keeping evil around would keep its contamination lingering and causing more discontent and indiscrete behavior rather than getting rid of it and growing beyond it.

    I think I might start this myself. The clarity gained by documenting my terrible thinking should help me to mature in my emotional life and show me when I need to ask for forgiveness from another person. The shredding should help me to leave the burden of the evil thinking behind me.

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