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Four Things That Help Me Stay Organized (well almost!)

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Not too long ago someone asked me how I kept track of my projects, ideas and to do’s. The question came after I had proceeded to tell them how many projects I had going on and that I had mismanaged my time just a little bit (well, really A LOT!) by agreeing to do a few too many things. But thank goodness for the tips I share below because they are helping me stay sane!

Here are four things I do to I keep myself on track:

  1. I use my phone CONSTANTLY! Thank goodness for apps like Evernote and Voice Memos. If I’m at a place where I can quickly type or dictate my notes into Evernote, it’s a wonderful way to have those notes all synced to your devices (I’m an Apple girl so everything is on my MacBook, iPad and iPhone). Once I’m back home or where I need to be, I can go over them. When I’m on the road I use my Voice Memos app with my Air Pods. I have even outlined several books on my many trips to and from the beach.
  2. Believe it or not, I have two calendars: I use Google Calendar that stays updated on all my devices but I also have a paper planner. My Google Calendar is great because I usually have my phone or iPad with me. My paper planner stays home because it is really a planner and a journal at the same time. I use it to make sure I have appointments written down but the rest of the planner I decorate and record events from the day. It’s a way to be creative and journal my day.
  3. A Tickler File. Yes, the good ole tickler file still works wonders for me. If we have prescriptions to be filled, a bill needs to be paid on a particular date, etc., that piece of paper goes behind the date its due. It may to an old way of doing things but it still works for me.
  4. Routines! Have no idea where I would be without routines. I have a daily, a weekly and a monthly routine. I then have the lists separated: one for my personal life and another for my business. Even though they are in Evernote with checkboxes beside each task, I pretty much have them remembered by now. But when I decide to change things up (like I’m getting ready to), using a checklist in Evernote is a perfect way for me to stay on track.

Now I can’t say that I’m always organized – far from it. But these 4 little things help me stay on track especially when I have so many irons in the fire like I do right now. So now I ask you: how do you stay organized? Any tips for me???

Big Hugs!

Miki

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Miki Bennett

Inspired by a passion for wholesome adventure, Miki Bennett is the author of two contemporary women’s fiction series: The Florida Keys Novels and Camping in High Heels. A love affair with the beach and lifelong experiences with camping led her to write romance novels that bring humor and paradise to readers’ fingertips. Her stories touch the hearts of all who read them.

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