Wednesday, January 21, 2009

WFMW- Keeping track of ...everything!

I have that drawer. You know the drawer ladies..... the ONE. The one that you stuff all the things that you mean to do. The bills, kids recent pictures to give away, the "we've moved" notices, coupons you haven't cut yet and sales flyer's.

I am a pretty organized person. Except for my drawer. Its like Monica's closet on Friends. It was causing me strife. I would be sitting on the couch and realize that the bills were due.....tomorrow. Tucked away amongst the moving notices and coupons that were waiting to be cut, I had forgotten. This caused much panic and alot of running around. Don't even get me started on my meal plan stashed away in there, somewhere. Along with my plans, important numbers and list of things to do. I can't tell you how many birthday cards get filed away because the drawer ate them and didn't spit them back out until a month after the occasion.

My mom gave me a hard back planner for Christmas. It has the month and then each week broken down into days. I was wondering what I was going to do with it since I carry a planner with me that has all my info, kids playdates and credit cards in it. It turned out, however, to be the gift of time and sanity.

Not only do I put all my appointments on it, I also put my menu for each day at the bottom so I never forget and the whole family can see. I also use it for personal goals for the day. If I want to get the fridge cleaned out, I will mark that on Monday. It stays on my counter- permanently. It doesn't move for company or plates. I see it every time I walk by and keeps me on track.... woohoo! Whats even better, all bills, cards and important to-do items are kept right there and you know what?? They get done early. I have more time to spend with my hubby at night and relax with some coffee in the morning..... and this works for me!

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Sherry said...

Great idea! I need something to keep me accountable and organized.

Paula Constable said...

That's awesome! I like to have a day view, too. I LOVE crossing off the tasks that are completed! Neat blog. :)

Kirby3131 said...

You said a very key phrase -- It doesn't move. That's the key for me - once I get a nice system like that, I move it's location a few times and next thing I know it's in the drawer!

Excellent reminder & tip!

Have a Great Day!
Kristin (The Goat)

Kookaburra said...

Great idea... I'm just like you in that I am pretty organized except when it comes to the daily papers... like mail, bills that need to be paid, and lists.

Thanks for the tip!

By the way, I looove your blog design... too cute!

Shannon said...

Your planner sounds like a great idea. I'm always on some quest to get organized but I'm never organized enough to finish my quest!

It's a small world - I'm in Galloway, OH!

Faith said...

That's a great tip! I'm organizationally challenged, and have the same problem. Maybe I'll give this a try!

Storm said...

I'm very organized myself and love this idea. What kind of planner is it?

Paula Constable said...

Just stopping back to let you know I posted link on my blog to your great ideas!