I’ve been a notebook/agenda (i.e. paper and pen) person all my life. As friends started managing their lives online and on their phones after college, I retained my yearly agenda purchases and felt lost without one. I occasionally tried to use calendars in email programs, but those work better around a lifestyle full of appointments. As a grad student and as a blogger, my life has revolved more around to do lists than a specific time table. The difficulty of how to stay organized as a blogger hasn’t been any different than my previous experience. I struggled to find an agenda the last few years that let me have a calendar (without hourly tick marks) and gave me enough room for my to do lists. Finally, in 2017, I caved and started using Google calendar. Initially, I was doing both paper and my online calendar to get used to it. Before long, my little agenda was driving me crazy. So, now I have all meetings and phone calls scheduled on my computer and phone. And for everything else, I’ve been using my mini binder system (remember I wrote about it for how to stay organized planning a wedding?)…
In the last few years, I’ve become a bit of a notebook hoarder. I had my agenda and various notebooks where I jotted down content ideas, took notes for phone calls, planned classes, and whatever else. While I didn’t mind it at the time, I now have a setup that puts all of that in one place – all together and totally customizable! My favorite thing about the binder system are the individual sheets (available in a few colors) and that I can rearrange them to my heart’s content. I always have my to do list in front, but obviously, that list is discarded and replaced every day or so. When it’s time I just click open the binder, remove the old list, and put a new piece of paper in its place. And instead of flipping through my notebook looking for a certain page of notes from something a week or two ago, I can move it right behind my to do list. Or I can move it behind other things that are more pressing at the moment! How awesome is that??
Other favorite features? I love the mini sheet protectors. I have four in my binder at the moment. The front one holds my sticky note pads and my pens. The second holds printouts of upcoming collaborations guidelines, so I can easily access them. The other two hold recipe ideas and inspirational ideas (e.g. magazine cutouts). The “system” has options for an address book, monthly tabs, and dividers, but I don’t have use for those at the moment. I’ve made it perfect for me, which is the only way to stay organized as a blogger or self-employed person! I also have non-sticky and sticky notepads in the system because sometimes you just need them, right?
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