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Organizing my time and information

post #1 of 9
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We focus a lot in this forum on decluttering/organizing our things and our spaces (and decluttering/organizing relationships is covered by personal growth and a number of other forums) but what about time and information?

Things I've done this week to organize those areas.

Time:
I've written out both a weekly and daily routine.
I've gone through and set up automatic payments for our monthly bills so I don't have to think about them or think about paying them.
I've compiled the information for accessing the accounts in one place so I don't have to hunt out that information each time.

To do for time: Buy a wall calendar.

Information:
I've created a spreadsheet with our monthly bills.
This also includes the amounts outstanding on our debts, and available credit card balances so that information is in one place and easily retrievable.
I've grouped various handouts on craft projects and medieval dance into a folder.

To do for information: Buy a filing cabinet.
post #2 of 9
Mindfully managing my time has been a HUGE project for me. I know HOW to organize, clean, and motivate myself, but scheduling that around my needs, my toddler's rhythms, and my husband's schedule? Not so much... I'm getting better, though, and speaking of he is out right now and I have tasks!
post #3 of 9
Good job! I am always working on these two...
post #4 of 9
If you are online a lot for email (especially if you use Gmail), this is a really good article on productivity. I looove this blog. If you scroll to the bottom of the main page, the most popular articles are organized by category.

Zen Habits Blog
post #5 of 9
It has taken me years to recognise that I can't get too elaborate.

What's working for me is a calendar book, like a month to a double page almost letter size book.

On the inside front cover I have typed out and stuck all of our accounts and utilities, login names and reminders for the passwords. I got my husband's pay schedule and have written in every pay day. On the first blank day square of each month I write outstanding checks, and cross them off as they're cashed. Utilities and direct debits go on the right hand side of each page by date they will be due.
post #6 of 9
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If you are online a lot for email (especially if you use Gmail), this is a really good article on productivity. I looove this blog. If you scroll to the bottom of the main page, the most popular articles are organized by category.

Zen Habits Blog
OMG awesome. I also enabled a ton of other stuff like accessing Gcal and Gdocs right from mail.

Soooo nice.
post #7 of 9
I have been using Gmail for years - was one of the original 1000 non-Google employee Beta testers, and I am constantly amazed at how innovative it is. I think the ultimate triumph is my G1 phone (T-mobile), because now I have seamless access to my Gstuff anywhere. Love it.
post #8 of 9
I have the speadsheet for the bills, what I do is a printed form that I can write in the information every month then go back and put that into the actual program so I can budget easier and see where our money actually went. Having my "bill sheet' as I call it ... Oh I love it soooo much. I can quickly glance at any time and see what we have due and when and how much, I have Who, statement date, min. due, date due, balance, pd ck # amt pd, and date pd. That sheet tells me everything that I need to know.
post #9 of 9
I actually need to get off of MDC and work on my Book of Hearth and Home. It's my pagan homeschooling mom version of a Home Management Binder. I lurve it! ::::

It's not even done and it's been saving me so much time and energy remembering what groceries we have, what I want to do for meal plans, what needs to get done that day, ideas for sprucing up the apartment, etc.

I'm going to enter the Apartment Therapy kids room contest, so DH is taking pics of the kids room tomorrow. I'll ask him to take a few of the binder and of the entryway we just finished too.
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