Saturday, July 28, 2018

54. Five Tools for Planning, Organizing, and Time Management

Meeting goals doesn't just happen. It takes planning and good organization tools to get there. Below are my five favorite tools for planning and working toward my goals.


1. Calendar
This one seems obvious but there are a lot of different calendars you can use. I like to use a small calendar that has a monthly view and then a daily view. It's also small enough to keep in my purse so that I can refer to it when there isn't wifi to access my phone.

You don't have to spend big bucks on a calendar if you don't want to. There are tons of free printable layouts available with a simple Google search. The important thing, as always, is to find a calendar system that works for you.

2. Google Calendar
I also recommend using an electronic or web-based calendar of some sort. It doesn't have to necessarily be Google. I use Google calendar because my work, small business, and personal email accounts are all through Google Suite, and I sync each account's calendar. I also have a Google calendar app on my smartphone that I can use on the go (if there is wifi).

3. Bullet Journal
Bullet journals can feel overwhelming when you first start learning about them. So many bullet journalists are highly creative and artist in the way to set up their journals. Your journal does not necessarily have to be highly artist. You can use a simple bullet journal system. My own bullet journal is really simple, but I credit my bullet journal for my ability to stay on track with everything I'm trying to accomplish.


4. Toggl
Toggl is an app that allows you to track how you are using your time. You can break your work sessions down to clients and then specific projects for clients. Using this app allows me to keep tabs on how much time I'm spending on different areas to make sure I'm not neglecting anything. I don't micromanage my time with this. For example, I don't track things like brushing my teeth or non-work time in general. I keep the categories large like "teaching" which encompasses a lot of different activities. I've found that if I try to get too specific with my categories, I spend more time managing the app than working and then it becomes counterproductive.


5. Tomato Timer
The tomato time is a website and app you can use to break up your work time with break time. This is typically called the Pomodoro technique and I like to do 45 minutes of work followed by 15 minute breaks. You can set the time for any chunk of time which means you can easily make this method work for you however you need it to.

So, that's it! Five tools to help you with planning, organizing and time management. If you use any of these tools, let me know how they go for you.

If you're interested, here's my video post on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrrL9oA5wjw

d'Artagnan

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