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post #101 of 185
I forgot -- in all my binders -- see post 96 -- i have 1/2 a big brown envlope hole punched and in teh front or back .... i put in there all teh things that need to go int eh binder as i come across them ... since really i know i won't get out the hole punch each time, and put it in the right section .. i SHOULD ... but i am realsitc -- that way i get them to the right place, kinda, faster and their are fewer piles on the computer table and counters.
post #102 of 185
These are a great ideas!
Ill be back to read all this
post #103 of 185
I am using motivated moms.

also eagerly awaiting this "life organizer"!
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Organizer...9221419&sr=8-1
post #104 of 185
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I actually started using an hPDA (http://wiki.43folders.com/index.php/Hipster_PDA) and printing sheets from diyplanner.com.

It's a brilliant idea - a bunch of index cards held together with a binder clip. Easy, portable, very modifyable, and cheap! (Staples has a great deal on blank index cards.)

I've also heard of people who hole punch one corner and keep the cards on a key ring. Apparently, you can even hole punch a credit card (avoid the magnetic strip) and voila! a do-it-all wallet you can carry with one finger.
:thanks

awesome link mama, this looks do-able.
post #105 of 185
Well, I am implementing a new system this year using iCal for my general organizing. Basically what I have done is created different routines for each day of the week and then set them on "repeat" so they show up every week on the same day. My routines include:

-Whatever Bible Study I am doing and the amount of time I want to at least spend focusing on it.

-The activities I plan to do with my son

-The meals I plan on maing that day

-The errands I need to run

-The people I need to call

-The chores I need to accomplish

-The things I need to do for our business to stay on top of everything

-Whatever other misc. to-dos I may have that day

-I have also decided this year to include on my to-do list time for just me- I will spend at least 10 minutes a day reading for pleasure, at least 10 minutes reading to further my postpartum douls training, and at least 10 minutes a day doing something creative.

As for a main binder, I actaully have a few. I have a "Bills" binder that has tabs for each company that we pay a bill to and that is where I file the bils for the whole year. I also have a "Bank Statements" binder with tabs for every month- along with the bank statements I keep all the receipts for that month in a plastic sheet protector. I also have a recipe binder in the kitchen- which I need to revamp and update with grocery lists and so forth. I need to put together a binder with all of our vital inforamtion- emergency contacts, babysitter lists and so forth.

Oh, to top it off I have a book of lists for things I want to do- this year and in my whole life. This is little book is just mine and includes places I want to travel, things I want to learn, books I want to read, movies I want to see, project ideas, gift ideas, etc... It is a kind of inspiration for my life book! So, yeah, I think that sums it up for now!
post #106 of 185
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Originally Posted by Momma Aimee View Post
I forgot -- in all my binders -- see post 96 -- i have 1/2 a big brown envlope hole punched and in teh front or back .... i put in there all teh things that need to go int eh binder as i come across them ... since really i know i won't get out the hole punch each time, and put it in the right section .. i SHOULD ... but i am realsitc -- that way i get them to the right place, kinda, faster and their are fewer piles on the computer table and counters.
That's a great tip. I'm going to implement into my binder too.
post #107 of 185
chic-mama, after my own heart
i love ical and have different calendars for different things (different colours) so i synch with my partner and his work schedule. do you use quicken? you can synch that with ical so across the top of your calendar you can see what bills and deposits will come out. i love that! also i adore leopard o/s because i can type todo's right into email, and have them show up in ical, so they are both working well for me.

i think i might start your binder system for receipts, i'm getting confused with them all together in a box. i've been watching 'til debt do us part' and wondering how it act like we live on cash, but still use credit cards...paid off monthly. i think i might use your system, but have categories in 'numbers'/excel where i track spending every few days? so i know if we've already blown our grocery budget!

excuse me thinking aloud

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post #108 of 185
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Did anyone start the new year by starting a binder? How's it going?
post #109 of 185
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Originally Posted by sabrinat View Post
Did anyone start the new year by starting a binder? How's it going?
I started using the motivated moms planner and its going well. I've found I need to tweek it to my needs so i'll probably redo it and make a completely new binder, when time allows.
post #110 of 185
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when time allows.
post #111 of 185
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I've found I need to tweek it to my needs so i'll probably redo it and make a completely new binder, when time allows.
That was my issue with other systems...they were never quite "the thing" I needed to work 100% for me or if they were close they weren't easily adaptable in other ways. Good luck with working on your binder. I can't say enough how much I love mine.
post #112 of 185
I printed the Motivated Moms calender, cut it out and pasted each week into my Mary Englebreit engagement calender. That way on one side I write the things I need to do each day, and on the other side is my chore list for the day.
post #113 of 185
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Originally Posted by LilMama23 View Post
I printed the Motivated Moms calender, cut it out and pasted each week into my Mary Englebreit engagement calender. That way on one side I write the things I need to do each day, and on the other side is my chore list for the day.
Which MM cal did you get--the weekly, right? And what size is your ME cal? Weekly, mo'ly...? I need to visualize!
post #114 of 185
I got a 2008 calendar at Michael's (craft store) for $1.00 It is a family calendar with a spot for 5 people so you can see who has a dentist appt, birthday party, etc. every day of the week.

I have a binder with weekly schedules for cleaning, but I don't use it.

I always bought a day planner every year, but I realized I don't need the divided areas they have for notes and addresses. I just bought a weekly/monthly planner that is big enough to write a lot in each space, but will still fit in my purse. I prefer to write it down rather than have a palm.
post #115 of 185
bump for more great ideas and links!
post #116 of 185
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Originally Posted by BiscuitBaby View Post
I prefer to write it down rather than have a palm.

I'm the same way. i have 2 pda's and don't use them, but I love the binder.
post #117 of 185
wow, I just read through all these posts and checked out the binders on the blogger sites, what great ideas. And since I am a very visual person, I loved being able to check out all those binders and see what they look like.

Here's my question: I am also a midwife and need to keep track of all my client info, I am trying to put together a master office managerment type binder, anyone know links or info on that kind of thing?

And I have a franklin covey type planner, but I always feel like I have things in too many places, kwim? I have my midwife planner for appointments, my covey planner, my house binder, and a few others like crafts/sewing/supplies, etc. But when I try to combine them all, that doesn't work either because with 5 kids, it's too darn full!!!

If I ever get my binder together and done, I'll post pictures, if anyone else wants to post photos, that would be great!!!
post #118 of 185
I just blogged (with pics) about the home management binder I started using a few weeks ago. I was inspired by this thread and set about creating my own for the new year. So far, I love it! It's exactly what I needed.

http://simplehome.blogsome.com/2008/01/19/12/
post #119 of 185
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Originally Posted by GypsyMary View Post
I just blogged (with pics) about the home management binder I started using a few weeks ago. I was inspired by this thread and set about creating my own for the new year. So far, I love it! It's exactly what I needed.

http://simplehome.blogsome.com/2008/01/19/12/


Oh cool. I love your illustrations for each section, especially the housecleaning one, lol!
post #120 of 185
GypsyMary,

Your hmb looks great! I love the binder itself!! Why don't I ever see things like that at our goodwill? I think a cloth binder makes it much 'cozier.' My binder is just a huge white binder with the clear front where I can slide a page in... I'm going to be on the lookout for something like yours.

Thanks for sharing your pics!
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