I cannot promise you that I have all of the answers to achieving success in life but I have figured out a few things. One of them is that I can have it all and the other is that in order to have it all, I have to stay organized.
I have searched for years to find the perfect system to keep me and my “have it all” attitude moving in a forward direction. I finally realized that like many other problems that I face in life, the perfect solution is usually the one that I create for myself. I would like to share my system for staying organized with you. It is a work in progress so make sure you check back often because I may make some adjustments as more people begin to use it and provide feedback. I encourage you to submit your ideas also for making the system more user friendly.
- 1 1/2 inch three ring binder with clear view front (to insert an information sheet with your company/project logo *keeps your eye on the prize*) and pockets in the front and back (to store information until you have time to file it)
- A zippered pouch with three holes so it fits in the front of the binder. Inside of the pouch store pens/pencils, a mini stapler, white out, scissors, a sharpie, a highlighter and a calculator. You will prepared for almost any project that comes your way, no matter your physical location. It feels like you have your desk with you everywhere you go.
- A month by month calendar so that you have an overview of where you are supposed to be and what you are supposed to be doing for the next year and a half. This is not the place to write specific details rather to give you a general idea of what your will include. This is especially helpful if you travel a lot or attend a lot of events. One of the worst mistakes you can make is to over-commit yourself.
- 2 set of tabs – one for the days of weeks that you want to track (Monday through Friday = 5 or Sunday through Saturday = 7) and a set for your projects (list the projects that you want to track i.e. household budget, committees that meet regularly, work groups). For me the tabs are the key because I keep my daily activities filed under each day of the week and store memos, emails that I need to have readily accessible, old meeting notes/agendas, etc so that I don’t have to constantly search for information on my desk or in my BlackBerry.
Need some help getting organized? Email me (email@example.com) to discuss some tips to help you create a system that will allow you to have it all!!