As readers of my blog know, I have struggled for years with actually getting organized. I have been through every planner or planning method I could find over the years!
I have found something that finally works! I have downloaded the PDF Version of the Best Self Company’s Best Self Planner. The PDF and the Best Self Journal are meant to be used as a paper planner but those don’t work for me so I converted the PDF into a digital planner by importing the PDF into the Goodnotes app on my IPAD! This is actually working for me! I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and I am making continual progress on my goals for the next three months!
The Self Journal Website: https://bestself.co/products/self-journal
The Self Journal PDF Download: https://bestself.co/products/self-journal
The journal keeps me focused on the important things and to celebrate the stuff I did get done that day/week so that I don’t focus all the time on the stuff I haven’t gotten to yet but instead spend some time celebrating what I did finish! This helps me to not get discouraged by all that still needs to be done.
I also like the gratitude sections to help me appreciate what I have and the good things in my life. I thought when I first started using the BSJ (Best Self Journal) that this would be one of those sections I wouldn’t really use but I do enjoy it. I am feeling better now. Even when things don’t go as planned, the Gratitude Sections help me to be thankful and hopeful instead of always thinking of what I don’t have or what I want for the future. Sometimes you just need to refocus so that you can appreciate the now and not always be thinking of what you can have in the future. I need to focus on appreciating the journey and not the end result some of the time.
More to come soon,
Getting Organized Status
Well, as usual I have fallen off the bandwagon on my getting organized resolution. However, this year I am determined to persevere! I started off February with a new try at keeping myself organized. I have changed my system somewhat but I am determined to be organized this year. I was using a combined digital/paper system for most of February. I like the feel of writing my notes on paper. I want to be able to go back and review the notes and my daily activities. I was using my iPhone and iCloud to have my tasks and calendar organized. Being able to access my tasks and calendar wherever I am is invaluable!
As I moved through February and into March I have determined that the paper planning just isn’t working for me. I have once again went to a digital system but this time I have commited to using OneNote as my planner. I have setup my planner in OneNote by creating a notebook for each year and then a section for each month with a page for each day of the month. I created the entire year ahead of time so that I can plan for the future without worrying about setting up new pages. Also, now that I am using onenote, I have reviewed my previous notebooks and I am organizing all my notes into the same format notebook. I am planning to spend some of this next weekend finishing this organization of all my old notes so that when I need to find a note I have taken in the past I can search all my old notes through the OneNote search features. I need to have information with me all the time especially without breaking my back to carry my planner!
I have been working on my work-life balance during this past three months. I am trying to be more “present” in the moments with my family and not always thinking about work even when I am not at work. I actually am spending more time with them and enjoying that time more.
Using my digital planner, I think I am becoming more focused at work! My notes are keeping me organized and with the new keyboard that I got for my planner I am able to type my notes and have them be searchable! I can actually find the note that I took about that meeing or on that project without having to carry a 40 bag with me all the time!
More to come on my quest to become organized in the coming months!
I hope to add more genealogy information over the weekend!