Random Ramblings: Life Organizer

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Life Organizer

That title makes me laugh becuase some days I feel anything but organized. 
I really do try though to stay on top of things and stay organized. 
My day planner is the thing that I write in every single day.  I use the month at a glance calendar to write appointments, school events and schedules, Jacob's work schedule and of course keep track of paydays, what day bills are due, my photography sessions that are scheduled, birthdays and holidays.  You name it and it is important then it is written in there. 
Now I don't just stop there though.  I then color code everything.  Yes, EVERYTHING.  I think I am a bit OCD in this area, I don't know... I am a visual learner and always have been.  I used to color code my Biology notes in High School and College.  So I guess I just found that it works for me and that is what I stick with. 
After I write everything of importance on the monthly calendar, I then go to the weekly section and write it all in there again. 
I do this for 2 reasons.  I write everything in the month calendar so I can open it there and see the entire month at one glance.  So if I am planning something or need to schedule somthing then it is all in visible sight. 
Then in the weekly section I also write everything so when I am making plans during the week I can see right there what I have going on for the week, or don't have planned for the week as well. 
The spaces in the weekly section are much bigger so there I also write all our daily acitivities each night (or every few days really).  I guess you could say it is sort of like a journal.  It is all random stuff, but just things we did that day, or what we had for dinner, what errands I ran.  Like I said completely random.  I don't know if I am the only one, but I enjoy looking back a month, 2 months, 6 months later and remembering what I did all those days ago. 
Here is my monthly glance from January.  I actually like the way it looks all colorful like that. 

I love that at the front page of each month it has a spot for notes.  I use these alot.  At the beginning of February I made myself a list of blog posts I wanted to write about.  It may seem like, well why can't I just remember that?  Well sometimes my mommy brain takes over and I forget the simplest things.  I often say when I go to the store for 4 things, and no list I will forget 2 or 3 of them lol. No joke.  :)
So since I keep my trusty planner with me at all times, it is just where I write it all. 
I happen to really like the zebra design on the front as well. 

Now here is how I organize it by color.

Jacob's work schedule and paydays - GREEN
Holidays, Birthdays and Anniversaries - ORANGE
Appointments - PINK
Bills due - YELLOW
All things school related for all the kids - BLUE
My  photography sessions - PURPLE

How do you organize your day to day life and schedule?  Do you use a day planner of some kind?  Id love to see your system of life organization.


  1. I love your ideas I'm working on organizing my life and your description of your planner answered a lot of questions I had!

    1. Thank you Sylvia. I am glad it answered some questions for you. Best of luck getting organized.