Keeping Organized – The Old-Fashioned Way

By Kathryn Magura

I love technology and gadgets. I think I’ve made that clear over my time blogging here. I’m usually someone who could be considered an early adopter of technology, social media, and fun gizmos to use. That said, the one thing I haven’t really found a way to utilize technology for is keeping organized.

What do I mean by organized? All the things I need to get done: work, life, whatever. I use an iPad for work, and keep my work to-dos fairly organized on my iPad, but I’ve never really found a good app anywhere that’s helped me keep track of all the things I need to do in a way that makes it easy and intuitive enough for me to want to keep using. I’ve dabbled in apps like Evernote, but I’ve never really been able to make it stick.

As I’ve grappled with trying to figure out why I haven’t found a good way to organize my life via technology, I’ve noticed some colleagues who have gone back to a more traditional/old-fashioned route to keep organized. One of my coworkers uses a notecard system to keep everything she has going on with work and life organized. Each notecard is broken up into categories, and then stored by topic. I am continually impressed with how well this system seems to work for my coworker, but have also felt intimidated trying to see if I could adapt her system for my needs.

I have spent most of the last two weeks on-boarding a new staff member. One of the first things I noticed was the black notebook my new staff member carried around with her everywhere. During meetings and conversations, I’d see her make note in the notebook, and it got me curious. During our 1-on-1 this week, I finally asked about the notebook, and how exactly she used it to keep organized. Apparently the method she used to keep organized is called bullet journaling. I didn’t know what this was either, so she explained it. Thankfully, the person who devised this method created a video to help explain: 

Pretty cool, right? I decided I wanted to give bullet journaling a try, to see if I could keep all the competing priorities in my life organized in a way that keeps me as productive as possible. I will be sure to keep you all posted on my progress along the way.

So tell me, how do you stay organized? What tips do you have?

Keeping Organized – The Old-Fashioned Way

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