Get Organized With Me!

Greetings and welcome to my little corner of the world. I thank you for stopping by and spending some moments with me.

I have been asked to write a blog post about how I organize my time. We all have different lives and responsibilities, and must plan time accordingly. This post is simply how I do it for my life and hopefully you can pick up a pearl or two to add to your daily life.

I am a very busy healthcare provider seeing at least 20 patients on any given day. I usually get to work between 7 or 8 in the morning and stay until about 7:30 at night I am in the middle of writing a book and I post 3X/week on my blog about various subjects. I live alone so all the details of life are my responsibility. I have a very busy family but we are spread all over the US so that is a challenge of its own. There are some things that are very important to me personally like eating healthy, so I meal prep my meals a week at a time so I can bring breakfast, lunch and dinner with me to work. I like to exercise 5X/week, I meditate daily, I read at least an hour per day. I have to set some time aside just for me to stay reasonably sane. I like to write letters and not emails, and so somehow I have to organize my time or it would feel like a mountain that is impossible to climb.

First and foremost, I believe in WRITING THINGS DOWN. We all have thoughts, ideas, plans etc, but if they are not written down? They usually remain just that. Thoughts. Ideas. Plans.

I believe in planners. And I have used this planner for the past five years. I would be lost without it. It is a “Passion Planner” and I am simply in love with it. It comes in two sizes, dated or undated, academic calendar or the usual Jan – Dec. (and no, this is not a paid promo……it’s just what I use)

One thing I absolutely love about this planner is at the very beginning it helps you create your “passion plan”. A roadmap if you will to get you to where you want to be. You dream, let you mind go, and consider possibilities. You think this out, start breaking it down, and it gives you the timeline to get some of these things accomplished. It is because of this tool I have been able to travel abroad, get a good chunk of my first novel written, and run a reasonably successful blog. I am healthier, happier, and love having a plan to follow. I have plans to have a tiny house built as well. Without a passion plan? It would be a fleeting thought. But my Tiny House is a plan. Pretty exciting!

Monthly pages as with any planner, but this one actually has some extras that I love. A quote that is very motivating. Place to mention what the focus of this month is, a place to mention good things that have happened, personal and work lists, and a place of “infinite possibilities”……which is pretty awesome!

Weekly pages for the month that are broken down into half hour time slots. Amazing what you can get done in a mere 30 minutes if it is planned and written down. Again a motivational quote, to do lists both personal and work and “infinite possibilities” again. Just seeing that in the morning makes me think anything is possible!

So now I have my planner. I have completed my passion plan. But now? The hard part. Now this might seem time consuming at first, but believe me…..it works. I have a lot on my plate. And there are some things that are very important to me. I usually write it all down on post it notes and start to figure out how much time each task is going to take, think about my week, and start prioritizing.

I start with my month. And yes, I know we are pushing the halfway point in October, but November is set for me finishing my first draft of my novel so it would look a little boring. I write down all occasions (birthdays etc), Choose a day to grocery shop and meal prep (I prepare my meals one week at a time to free up evenings after work and eat healthier, highly recommend), my blog post days to stay on track, any trips or conferences I have to go to, and of course, the infamous work schedule. Of course things will come up, and I add them as they come.

Now here is the biggie. The big things that were on the monthly calendar I transfer over to the weekly. And I love color!

PINK – ย my have-to’s (work, meal prep, laundry.)

BLUE – all things blogging and/or writing

GREEN – all things personal (exercise, meditation, letter writing, reading)

ORANGE – Self Care Time Just For Me – believe it or not, this must be PLANNED. If it is planned and written down? I look forward to it. It makes that patient day on Tuesday not seem so difficult. If I feel myself getting work out or drained? I know that time is coming and I can even nap it away if I want to!

So here you go! My typical week. I have become a master at using my “pockets of time” and this is where I can get a letter written, support some fellow bloggers, send an email or two, take a quick ten minute walk.

I do this every single week. Each night I look at the upcoming day, set the alarm accordingly, and I know what the day will hold (for the most part). It definitely works for me.

If you decide what’s important to you, what you wish to accomplish, break it down, and write it down, you will get more accomplished I promise you.

 

I am hoping that this was helpful in some way. I just know that it works for me. I don’t watch television too much except for maybe a football game when I’m working on my blog on Sunday afternoons.

Bottom line is this is what I have learned. Get in touch with what is important to you. We all have the same 24 hours. That isn’t going to change. But it is how we SPEND those 24 hours that counts. How much time are you wasting? Can you give up a few time sucking activities that are not in line with your long term goals? What is really important to you and what really isn’t? Have you really thought this out and adjusted accordingly? Time is fleeting. And when it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t let time fly by you and wish you had started this days, weeks, months or years ago. There is no time like the present.

Until next time…….be kind……..always,

Polley93

 

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42 thoughts on “Get Organized With Me!”

  1. I love reading about how others plan their time, and your post, of course, didn’t disappoint! I love your colour co-ordinated system, and the planner looks brilliant. The quote of the week is a great addition, too. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Wow, I’m exhausted just reading that paragraph about all the things you do in one week! I agree that it’s so important to write things down. If I don’t have a to-do list I feel overwhelmed and just end up forgetting things. Your planner looks great, I loved reading about how you plan and organise your time. Oh, and I’d love to live in a tiny house too! My husband and I have a pretty small London apartment but it’s not quite the same!!

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

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    1. Absolutely yes. I post 3x/week and with work, family, adventures, finishing my book, if I don’t plan out my time I’m like that feather in Forrest Gump. Just floating around. My biggest change that has made a huge difference is leaving the TV off. Amazing what a time sucker that can be!

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  3. Wow you are super busy – if I hadn’t read this, I wouldn’t have known how you’d fit everything into the day! I do agree that writing things down is a big help – I’m forever forgetting things because I haven’t written it down somewhere. Great post!

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  4. I LOVE organization! And I love this planner. I like how it has a passion roadmap. I have passion but definitely have a hard time organizing how to get there. Definitely want to check out this planner. And you make it so cute without overly trying!

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    1. I think we all do what works for us. This is just something that works for me. I also track finances to save for my adventures but didn’t feel comfortable putting that out on the web! Thanks for your comment and visit!

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  5. I am extremely unlikely organized compared to this! Ive got binders and a planner but thats it! I need to step it up! These are all really great ways to stay organized!

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  6. I’m really impressed with youe schedule!! First of all, you are so organized, its impressive! Second of all, I love the color coding for your tasks! I need to buy some colors to so the same ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. I used to have my days and hours planned out like this. I found I was exhausted keeping up with my own idea of what I “should” be doing. It did teach me to balance my time. After years of routine building, I’ve finally had to let go of major scheduling to a fine detail. I do have certain times of day, for instance the mornings are for working on my book and blog. I find I get around to everything that needs to get done much in the same order that it used to be penciled in, without feeling like a slave to the numbers on the clock. This is much easier for me as I work from home and take my college courses online from home.

    You inspire me to get a little more focused into scheduling again, as I’ve been slacking on my meditation and some morning routine basics that used to be regular for me. I do find that it’s easier to do something every day, than once in a while.

    Kudos to you for nearing the completion of your book! Now the real work begins right? Marketing is no small feat but you can do it! If you want to hone your writing skills I think every writer should have a copy of On Writing Well by William Zinsser.

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    1. Thank you so much for the recommendation! This will only be a first draft. Editing will be a nightmare I’m sure. But it’s a work in progress and so I continue. So nice to hear from you and thank you sincerely for your comment!

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    1. Oh good lord!! I surely don’t wear a cape!! I miss the bark, fall short, and fail at times, but surely move further ahead with my method of planning. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. It means a lot and I appreciate you taking the time.

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing! I just did a … sort of similar set-up, creating a color-coded weekly guide that helped me see where I had time, and where I could fit in those tasks I sometimes convince myself I don’t have time for! This was full of even more ideas, I’ll be seeing how to incorporate some of them!

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  9. I used a planner for a short period last year but the method just did not work for me (I actually forgot to write things down all the time). However, I admire whoever manages to have such an organized life. Your days seem to be quite full, and still you manage to do it all! Well done!

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  10. I found this post really helpful because I love being organised too. Iโ€™m not the best at it and definitely let things roll over into the next week when they shouldnโ€™t, but on the whole, I think I do pretty well. Can I ask where you get this planner from? Iโ€™m currently using one called Getting Things Done from CGD London, which I love and I think you would too ๐Ÿ™‚ but this post is great and I can see now how you get so much done!

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