I like looking in different sources for organizing plans. Even a photo can spark an idea. In fact, the photos in this post inspired me today. Just to let you know, this post contains affiliate links to my Amazon account so if you purchase anything here, I will receive a small commission that helps me run my blog. Thank you for your support and now on with the show (post)!
- Keep stashes of items. Look through your items to be sure you have enough things like: business size envelopes and copy paper. It may be time to replenish. I noticed my envelopes are really low the other day and it's imperative that I have them to reach for when I need to mail something. I use copy paper not just for printing but also to put vital things in like a check.
- Keep cards in a box. I use a shoe box for our greeting cards and I made tabs from colored card stock for each occasion, i.e., birthday, thank you, etc. And, I periodically will take a look to see if we're running out of cards and make new ones. Really important to do when a birthday is coming up.
- Find a good planner. Last year I bought The Happy Planner, but I found it was more than I needed and so I didn't use it as much as I thought I would. For this year, I found a smaller planner that just has the month view for 2018 and 19. The boxes are large enough to write several activities for each day and it has some notes page at the back. It is 8-1/2 x 11" size and I found it for a $1 at my local Dollar General. It's perfect for me because I do a lot of writing in my planner. You may want a smaller size or one that has more than just the calendar. What's important is that you find the one that suits you best.
- Keep important papers together. We use an expanding file folder with the alphabet letters to hold all our important documents in. They're not very expensive and easy to carry. I also don't think it's a bad idea to have a backup stored in a safe deposit box. Though most of us probably do paperless, I'm a firm a believer of backup copies!
When planning and organizing, there are some extra supplies that really help. Here's my short list:
- Tabs. If you use a 3-ring binder, you can buy tabs and create your own to fit your planner or organizer. I like the 5-section tabs but they come in many different ways, colors, lengths. The colors are nice because they stand out. Sectioning off my planner is easy for me to go right to what I need.
- Protective sheets. These are great to protect pictures, sensitive papers especially if you don't own a laminator. If you're looking for a laminator, here's a good one on Amazon through my affiliate account.
- Stickers. I LOVE stickers! However, that said I try to not overdo it because again I need to write down tasks, events, and reminders and sometimes too many stickers makes my pages too busy.
- Good writing pens. My favorite is the PITT artist pen (Superfine) by Faber-Castell. It's not too fine and great for writing in my journal. Now, I don't use this pen for everything. For everyday writing, I like Uni-ball pens and they sell 3 in a pack at my dollar store.
- A2 size envelopes that comes with cards. I think having a package of these around to make a quick thank you card is a good thing. Sometimes, I need to get a thank you card done quickly and I can use my artist pen to write "thank you" on the front of the card and a little note inside. And since it comes with envelopes, I don't have to try to find one. I like the plain silver, white, or linen color.
What if you're more of a digital planner? Not a problem. On my computer (Windows 10) I use Cortana. She reminds me of activities, events and tasks I need to do. I'm sure Mac has something like this too. On my iPad, I use Siri which is similar to Cortana. I also use Google Calendar for my Smartphone which sends me alerts and I sync it between all my devices. This way I don't miss anything if I'm not in front of my desktop computer.
Because I'm self employed, it's important I keep up with my time. So I use TimeEdition for that. It's a free software program that clocks me in for my day job and runs reports that I use to turn in my timesheets every month. You can use it for several clients and put in the names of the projects you're working on. I've been using this program for years! I highly recommend it if you have need a timetable program.
I love to look on Pinterest, you find some really creative ideas there so you can search for organizing or planner ideas. I also like looking through magazines. Again, pictures are so helpful for ideas!
These are just some of my tips so if you have some about how you plan and organize, I'd love to hear it. Tell me by commenting below! Until next time, ciao!
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