Is anyone else having trouble finding their organisational mojo so far this year?
This seems to be happening to me all the time – I just can’t seem to find a scheduling system that works for me. I know what I need to do, and I have the mental list going, but I’m becoming forgetful and need to implement some new systems.
If you’re suffering from scheduling woes like me, then I hope these ideas help you.
Work out what you need a schedule for
First, I think it’s important you work out exactly what scheduling help you need. I wear a number of different hats and I felt like I was dropping the bundle in all areas, so I needed a scheduling system for each of these different hats.
I’m a blogger, so I wanted help with managing all of my blogging ideas. I’m also a Mum and manage all aspects of the home, so needed a system for this. And like most of you I’m also a teacher, so wanted a system to help me with scheduling my time during the day. What I found is that not one system worked for my various roles, so I’ve found a few different ways to help organise my time. And they’re all FREE!
I have so many ideas floating around in my head when it comes to blogging. So I have 2 main systems I’ve implemented to stay on top of what needs to be done with my blog.
Have you heard of Trello? Oh my gosh I love this organisational tool. Currently, I’m using this to track my ‘To Dos’ for each blog post that I write. I have the different stages of blog post development across the top, and then under each category I have different blog post ideas. As I complete one stage of the blog post, I move it to the next category. Have a look at the screen shot below.
When I click on the note, I can then see the information that I’ve started to collect about the blog post. I also have a checklist to remind me of all the parts that I need to think about for the blog. Again have a look at the picture below to get an idea of the types of things I organise for each blog post.
What is also great about Trello is that they have an App for your iPhone and iPad. So now when I’m out and a great idea comes to me, I just add it straight to my Blog Post Management Folder.
2. My blog planner 2014
I’m still a bit of an old fashioned girl and I like to have pen and paper resources as well. After some searching I found just what I was looking for from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
Erica has designed two versions of a blogging planner:
I thought the monthly design was best for me so I downloaded and printed the planner. The colourful nature of the planner is very inviting and I really do enjoy using it. This is a great overview tool for me to see what blogging posts I publish during the month as well as a place to record my blogging statistics and any other ideas that I have.
There are sections for recording giveaways and reviews, blog advertising, monthly overview & extra information and brainstorming and notes.
Check out how I’ve already started using the planner below.
There are just so many things to remember around the home. When do I need to place my online grocery order, when are my bills due, what kids’ parties do we need to attend, what will we have for dinner….and the list goes on.
In the past I’ve just used a monthly calendar and written what I needed to remember in each square. But what I found was that some days were so busy that there just wasn’t enough room in that little square.
Rather than having a monthly view, each page is a weekly view. There are sections for Daily Tasks, Menu Planning, Notes, This Week in Review. And of course a section for each day in the week.
There are also two versions available, a blank version that is an editable PDF so you can enter your own information. There is also a completed version that already has weekly tasks included. I also downloaded the ‘How to use this planner’ PDF just to get some further ideas.
I have been using the blank version and enlarged it to A3. I have this hanging on my wall in the kitchen so it’s easy to see and remind me of what needs to be done. I have some pictures below of how I use the planner.
Now when it comes to lesson planning and organising myself as a teacher…. I’ve tried it all! I’ve used the mass produced planners, designed my own and just bought yearly diaries. At different stages of my teaching career they have worked and served me well.
But now that I’m tutoring from home, blogging and creating resources I also wanted something to work in with that.
I know it’s boring but I purchased a 2014 Week to an opening diary. It’s nice and small so I can take it with me. It also includes the whole week when open, with time slots. I like to schedule my full day when I’m working at home, including any tutoring, tutor prep, product development, blog writing and resource making.
See below for a peek into my week!
But, I also found a cool weekly planner that I think is great for teachers. A Peek at the Week would be great to add to your planning documents as an overview of what’s happening for the week. There are 2 versions available, one that includes your weekly schedule and the other that includes your priorities and To Do’s. Have a look below to see how I used it for last week.
I hope these ideas have inspired you to take charge and get organised for this year.
If you have any planners that you’re currently using, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.