Monday, August 31, 2015

Get It Together, Girl!

It's been quite a while, hasn't it?

When Lexi emailed me about joining the blog hop, I was ALL IN. Mostly because I love when people blog about their planners and productivity and all the things.

I am a shameless yenta.

While this blog post could be about approximately eighty seven bazillion different things, I decided to concentrate on my one true love: list making.

Am I one of those people who writes things down on her to do list just so I can cross it off?

Obviously. Come on, y'all. What did you think?

I work a 40 hour work week, I'm in graduate school, and  I write. It's a lot to juggle, and it means I need to be super organized about all the things. Especially deadlines.

To keep track of what I have to do, I use the following:
-my paper planner (Erin Condren)
-Google Calendar (all of Google Drive, really)
-Sticky Notes (an app on my laptop)
-approximately all of the Post-Its

(For pictures, check my Instagram.)

All hail the planner. I use both the month-at-a-glance as well as the weekly.
I use the sticker method, which I learned about from Victoria Schwab. And as a teacher, I appreciate and understand the magic of stickers. I use little labeling circle stickers- nothing fancy.
One sticker is equal to 1000 words written (if pink, yellow, or orange), or a half an hour of exercise (if green). I chose 1000 words as a sticker marker, because I do 1000 word sprints, and it's easiest to count this way. I keep track of the precise amount of words by that day in the weekly part of the calendar. The stickers make for a great overview and approximation of how many words I wrote a day.

The stickers I use on the planner can all be moved around, which makes for a cleaner planner. It also means I actually use the stickers.

I use little post its on the weekly pages. I'll break up my lesson plan into activities and books that I'll use, and post it them all on the day I'll be using them. If I decided to switch things around, it's painless and clean.

I also use post its to meal plan, because if I don't meal plan, I will inevitably forget to make lunch and that never ends well.

Most deadlines that I put in my paper planner, I'll put on Google Calendar, too. And set all of the alarms for everything. Work, school, and writing are all color coded, as are subtopics in the three. Cover reveal will be a different color than Deadline will be, but they'll be in the same color family.
I have access to my Google calendar on my phone, so I can add things in as soon as I know about them. It also means that I'll get notifications not only via email, but on my phone, as well.

Sticky Notes is a magical app that came with my laptop. It's basically virtual Post-Its, which are just excellent.
I have four main Sticky Notes on my desktop: one for writing, one for work, one for school, and one for miscellaneous things. Those four main Sticky Notes I use as a never ending to do list. I'll write down all the things I need to do (and break them down into manageable tasks), and when I'm finished with a task, I'll change the task to italics. Every few days, I'll go through the list and delete all the things I've finished.

I have Post-Its everywhere. On my planner, in my notebook, on my walls, on my laptop....anywhere where you can have a Post-It, I probably have one. I'll write down short term to do lists on lined Post Its, and stick them where I know I'll be seeing it. Sometimes that's in my planner, sometimes it's just on the screen of my laptop, so I can't avoid it. As I mentioned before, I use little post its to write down different activities or deadlines and shift them around if necessary. I flag pages in my notebook with little post its if I know I'm going to be needing something specific that I've written down, and use them in textbooks to keep my place on the page.

There's plenty more in the 'How Does KK Attempt To Keep Her Life Mostly Together' blog post, but this seems enough for today. If you want me to blog about any other part of HDKKATKHLMT, let me know, and I will.

(Or I'll post pictures on Instagram. Because YAY Instagram!)

Make sure to check out everyone else's posts over the next few days, and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Have a wonderful Monday!


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