Sunday, January 1, 2012
Pre-Planning for the Simple Life Series
As I posted yesterday, today we are going to get ourselves geared up and prepare for tomorrow’s Simple Life series.
Like most of us, you probably have at least one method of keeping track of your days. It could be a desk calendar, a binder, your iPhone, your desktop organizer or maybe just a notebook with scribble all over it. I have always been an organizer/bound calendar type. I have year’s worth of journals and spiral calendar books in a box that I hope I can remember to burn before I die so my children won't read all the gory details of my life!
I wish I could remember the name of the book where I found this tip so I could give her credit, but to be honest, I’ve read so many books I have no idea. This method has saved my life. I an a list-maker, note taker, write it on a scrap of paper maker – and the paper trail used to follow me down the street.
The life-saver (and paper saver) goes like this – chose ONE method for written reminders. You can have a computerized method that you transfer everything to, but start with trying to write everything down in one book. The book should contain a calendar, even if you just hand draw one in a divided notebook or label the top of each page with a day. Everything you need should be written in this book. EVERYTHING. From doctor appointments to grocery lists. If you go to the dentist and they give you a card with the next appointment, write the date in your book and recycle the card (even better, when the nurse starts to grab the card in the first place, tell her to save the card and write it directly in your little book.) Did you write a message on a little piece of scrap paper while you were on the phone? Immediately get your notebook and THROW THE SCRAP PAPER AWAY. In the bank line and hear a great song you want to download? Instead of writing it on the back of your checkbook, grab your book and write it in it! Get the idea?