Raise your hand if you would like 5 extra minutes of free time today! Like most moms, I receive a ton of information everyday and struggle to organize my life. With our family of teenagers and full time jobs, the information tends to multiply. I strive to escape the flood of information and make more free time.
My favorite hobbies are knitting, photography and Pinterest. Everyone needs some down time and I want to help you reach that goal. We try to use the weekends to rest and recharge from our hectic weeks.
I am going to make 2017 a more productive and hopefully less stressed year. I want to help you to simplify your life and organize it in a way to allow you to find more free time.
Tools that You Already Have Available
If you are like me, you have your phone or tablet with you always. I have learned that keeping my information available on my devices helps me to keep it handy and reduce my stress. Your phone, tablet and computer are indispensable to keep your information handy and organized.
Ways to Tame the Information
I use some trusted apps daily:
- Google calendar
Gmail works for both my personal and office email and love that I can check my messages from anywhere. My Google calendar lets me add things from my email, which can be shared with others. Having a Google email, also opens up other useful apps, like Google photos to back up your photos in case something happens to your phone.
Evernote holds my office and personal information and acts like my reference notebook for everything. You can keep text, pictures, audio recordings, attachments and forward your email to Evernote for future use and organization.
When I really want to use pen and paper, I use a bullet journal. My goal is to become as paperless as possible, but I still use a paper bullet journal to keep up with my blogging thoughts and notes from seminars. I have also experimented with a digital bullet journal for work related daily notes and phone messages.
My goal is to stop spending a ton of time looking for an important note that I jotted on a scrap of paper or school form from two months ago, so that I can spend that time doing something that I want to do. I admit that I am the worst about taking notes on anything handy and then searching the house for them. I am committed to maintaining one location for all of my information, so that I can stop searching and enjoy myself. It definitely takes some time to change my old ways, but it will be worth it in the end.
All of this may sound overwhelming and time consuming based on the little bit of free time that we tend to have, but I want to make it as painless as possible. I would like to invite you to join me on this journey of organization and discovery, so that together we will make 2017 a better year. Let’s go to the Beach instead of the eternal hunt for the missing phone number!