Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Great FREE Planning Tools

I'm forever looking for new, better ways to stay motivated and organized. One thing I've found out about myself is that I need to change my methods as my life changes. I wish that I was one of those people who could find a system and stick with it forever! Not going to happen for me. I eventually get bored with the current plan and it falls away. Time to look for new inspiration! So for me, the secret is not just in starting, but in starting again and again. I have also finally accepted, that although an electronic calendar works very well for me, I need my todo list to be on PAPER. I need to write stuff down to make it happen. Even though my iphone is always nearby, it's just too easy to ignore tasks that require me to open an app to view them.

I have a simple little spiral notebook that I use to keep up with whats gotta' be done. Brook Noel's book "The Change Your Life Challenge", was the inspiration for my notebook. I've stuck with the basis of her plan for a couple of years but I like to print out different planner pages to paste into the notebook when I need to "mix it up" to stay interested. I'm a big fan of Charlie Gilkey and his productivity strategies. I recently discovered that he offers his planning calendars FREE on his website. What a great resource!! Here's the link: Productive Flourishing 

According to my newly revamped list, I should go start the orders I took at Saturday's show before I have to leave to pick up kids from school. So happy planning to you! If you have organizing tips you'd like to share, I'd love to hear about them!!