Using Nozbe and my 2 paper planners for daily lists are the keys to this busy mom of 5’s mostly-organized life. Combining an electronic planner with paper planners gives me a balanced approach to being organized without being a slave to my planning system.
Nozbe functions as my master brain or filing cabinet of lists. I have about 20 different projects set up in Nozbe covering all the areas of my life: blogging, family, volunteering, and school. Any time I start a new project with a list of tasks that need to be done, even if they’re not dated, I set up a project in Nozbe. I also keep lists related to context, i.e. all computer-related tasks are grouped together.
Each task in Nozbe can be assigned to a project, a context, or both. You can include due dates and even make tasks repeat on a regular basis. The beauty of Nozbe lies in its integration with Evernote, my favorite electronic filing cabinet. I can tag notes in Evernote with the name of a project in Nozbe and see all of the notes when looking at my projects in Nozbe.
I can also add comments to each task. If I’m working on an article or a long-term project and need to save references, I’ll put them in the comments. I access Nozbe across all my platforms – iPhone, iPad, and laptop.
While I keep a monthly wall calendar in the kitchen for the family, Google Calendar is my personal calendar. I can carry it with me on my iPhone or iPad. Thanks to the power of Google Calendar, my children’s schools post their calendars publicly using Google Calendar. I can subscribe to the school calendars and carry them with me everywhere.
I also use Google Calendar for blocking out work time. If I’m scheduling an appointment or volunteer time at school, I can see how these commitments will affect my work time during the week.
Family Life: Daily Docket from The Art of the Simple
Daily Docket from The Art of the Simple is my daily paper planner for managing our finances, kitchen tasks, home keeping, and family-related tasks. The daily docket combines a task list, a hourly general plan for appointments, today’s Most Important Tasks, a dinner plan section, healthy habits section, and a miscellaneous note area. At the top of the page is a space for writing inspirational quotes.
Blogging: Daily Action Planner from Life Your Way
I use the project-based Daily Action Planner from Life Your Way for my blogging/writing. I have my blogging tasks organized by writing, networking, site maintenance, and finances. I use the note section on the daily action planner for post ideas to add to my list or editorial calendar.
Pulling It All Together: The Weekly Review
I cannot say enough about spending 30 to 60 minutes weekly reviewing what’s coming up for the next week. I have a list of items to review:
- Google Calendar
- Tickler Files
- Projects in Nozbe
- Notes written on my daily planners
At the beginning of each month, I review the school calendars for the month. If I stay on top of processing things in these areas during the week, my weekly review goes quickly.
What are your favorite tools for staying organized?