The $15 That Got Me Organized…And Saved My Sanity
There are an endless amount of options to help organize your daily tasks. Whether you are a working professional or simply a procrastinator, we have all felt the suffocating feeling of projects as they slowly begin to pile up. Some folks might be lucky enough to inherit a photographic memory or super human organizational skills, but if you are like me, you possess neither of those. Here is the best $15 I have ever spent to help keep myself organized.
I’ve never been a very organized individual. It has been my cross to bear since I started school years ago, and it haunts me to this day. I think part of the problem might stem from the fact that I am a “big picture” person. I always know the direction I’m headed in and what the final result will be, but trying to remember every individual task that is the key to getting there seems to be where my mind just falls apart.
I’ve tried all sorts of tips and tricks. In fact I recall a younger version of myself enrolled in “Memory Classes”. These were hour long sessions once a week that promised to improve my memory. Of course, I forgot to show up one Saturday, and never went back.
Many years later, I am now the proud owner of a smart phone, and I hoped it would make my life easier. I’ve tried all the apps out there. Any.do, Evernote, Wunderlist, etc, etc, etc. I use it for a day or two, and then I inevitably forget to open up the app and input whatever I was supposed to that day, rendering the app useless by tomorrow when I go to check it and notice my schedule is completely empty.
Of course I could hire someone else to take care of all the admin work for me, or, if I had a supportive significant other I could sweet talk them into helping me out. What if you can’t afford the 30K+ every year on a personal assistant and your only companion is a cat called Fluffy?
In that case you might need a white board.
A couple weeks ago I was walking through the maze that is Walmart and came upon one of those magnetic dry erase white boards in the “Back To School” section. I’ve always thought about trying one out, and of course, forget to put that into to one of my many “To Do” apps. There it was in front of me and it was only $15. I added it to the shopping cart and mounted it on my wall as soon as I got back to the office.
I made sure to mount the white board directly above my computer monitors. I would say I spend at least an average of 4 hours each day in front of the computer. That could be sending emails, retouching pictures, or writing articles as I am doing right this moment. By mounting the white board right above my monitors I’ve pretty much forced myself to constantly stare at it. Each time I get an email that requires me to schedule something, there it is. If a client calls to ask about what is on the docket, there it is. If I have a bill to pay, the magnets make sure I can say, there it is.
After 2 solid weeks of use I can say this has been the best system I have ever had and I’ve never stayed on top of my tasks with such efficiency. It’s an extremely visual system, which works for me, and there is an instant reward factor when you go to erase a task off the board! It’s nice to see the board get empty as the day goes on.
As technology advances we tend to look towards new gadgets that can solve our problems, but sometimes the best method can really be as simple as a $15 white board. This may not be the solution for you but if you’ve been struggling with organization and have not tried a white board yet, well, I highly recommend it. It has been the best $15 I have spent in a LONG time, and after all these years of struggle, I finally feel like I might have this organization thing under control.
What organizational tips or tricks have worked for you? I’d love to hear about them all!
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