If you are like me, you have a lot going on! Between my day job, kids, working on a business and having some kind of a life, sometimes my head just spins!! I waste more time figuring out what to do and the energy of keeping up with it all drains me.
I know many of you are thinking I should read “Getting Things Done!” Well I have, and honestly, I haven’t found that trusted system. The theory is fantastic but implementing it is another thing. One of the biggest obstacles I face (and from talking to other working professionals, I’m not the only one) is that we have a time management system at work. It’s not readily accessible from home and I don’t want to commit to keeping it synched with my home and personal business systems (we have to use Lotus Notes at work.)
So how does this help you?
I have read three new ideas recently and I realized I could integrate them into one small, no-cost system.
First the fabulous Tsh from SimpleMom.net has a download on her blog called the “Daily Docket.” It is the best one page per day to-do/calendar I’ve ever seen. It has everything I need (her pdf document has two variations – you will probably love one of them.) It’s attractive and functional. Did I tell you how much I love the format she designed? Two sections I particular love include a place to jot the scripture I’m focusing on and a place for what she calls “MIT’s” – Most Important Things. Both keep me grounded and focused.
My only problem is that I’m going all over the place and the sheet of paper often gets forgotten. I have project notebooks for the Java system we are designing at work. I have my own day planner that’s the wrong size for Tsh’s docket. It’s just become a glorified mileage log anyway so I can get reimbursed for my travel. I have my work laptop case, my personal laptop case. I have a large notebook for technical reference and the systems I maintain. My car looks like a war zone. I long for her format and I miss the cute pages strewn over my desk. I printed them and put them in a notebook. But I could not deal with
It was the springboard to my answer! I’ll blog about it more next time!