Organizing My Life

I love planners. I love notebooks. I love the feel of a new pen gliding over paper.

At any given time I have three important things going that help me organize different parts of my life:

1. My Google Calendar. I use this for work and setting appointments like doctors visits or other things that I need to receive an alert to remind me about.

2. A Daily Planner. I use this for marking down daily to-dos and for jotting down any blog or video ideas that pop in my mind. I like crossing tasks off a list so putting daily to-dos down on paper is a must. Crossing shit off makes me feel productive.

3. A Fitness Log. When I’m working with a coach I’ll use a digital log of the coach’s choice (usually a custom Google spreadsheet or Training Peaks). When I’m doing my own thing I use my trusty Believe logbook – to plan workouts and record results.

This probably seems excessive if you’re not the kind of person who loves stationary and/or staying organized, but this is a system I’ve been using for a couple of years now and it works well for me!

I just got a new daily planner on Saturday that I’m really excited about because it includes space each day for jotting down tasks into different time slots. Usually I just write down a list and then manage my time on the fly.

At work this method isn’t a big deal because I have X amount of hours to get my job done which puts the pressure on. However, when I’m working on personal projects (like blogging) I can end up wasting a lot of time.

I might start writing my post, watch 2 or 3 or 20 makeup tutorials on YouTube, and then eventually finish the post around midnight. That’s when I should be SLEEPING!

Does anyone else get distracted like this?!

I’m hopeful that by planning specific time slots for my personal projects I’ll make better use of my time at home. That’s especially true because I’m starting to work on a fun project that will probably take up a lot of my free time. Sorry to be vague but I’ll definitely be telling you all the details this coming week.

Trust me, I can’t wait to spill the beans!!!

This is something I’ve been planning since May and I’m excited to finally tell you. Let’s just say it combines a few of my passions into one project. A passion project :).

Details coming soon!

Do you use a planner / notebook to stay organized?
Digital or paper planner? Or both?!

12 comments

  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Im excited to hear about your project! I use my outlook calendar at work and I usually add personal appointments on there, especially if they fall during the week. I have moved away from writing in a planner because I don’t like to carry it around with me and then have to remember to transfer stuff to my electronic calendar!
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    1. Kristina

      Thanks Lisa! I’m excited that the project is all coming together now :).

      I put my personal stuff on my google calendar too, it’s just so much easier to have all important appointments and meetings in one calendar. I used to maintain a work google calendar and a personal one but that was annoying!

  2. Sam @ G & G Nutrition Co.

    I got a day designer planner from target that’s very similar! It’s the daily/monthly design though. I’m scared to not be using my Erin condren planner anymore but I needed a bit more structure.

    I use a google calendar to manage my schedule and appointments and I use a paper planner for planning purposes. I’m doing the Todd Herman 90 day year program, which really stresses working on daily tasks to meet goals, so those go in my planner.

    Can’t wait to hear about your project!
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    1. Kristina

      Ohh I’ve never heard of the Todd Herman 90 day year program but I’m looking it up now!
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  3. Susan

    ….OK, now I am intrigued! Can’t wait to hear about your project! I use my outlook calendar to keep track of work stuff and personal stuff. I also carry about a daytimer and put some stuff in there, too. I like to try to be very organized!

    1. Kristina

      I am not surprised to hear this! I always assumed you were a very organized person!
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  4. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    I still love a paper planner, but I don’t use one very often because I don’t want to carry it around. I’ve tried to go all digital, but when I need to get things done (crunch time!) I scribble a list on a paper. Very satisfying to have paper!
    I’m looking forward to hearing about your project!!
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    1. Kristina

      There is nothing like the satisfaction of crossing items off of a list written down on paper!!!

  5. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I’m on the edge of my seat! Can’t wait for the announcement!!!!
    Yes I looooooooooooooooove to do lists and I am a person that needs it written down on PAPER. Just another thing you and I have in common. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Kristina

      I don’t think I’m going to post about it until Wed or Thurs but I will message you details tomorrow! I just need to wait on one thing that I am expecting to receive tomorrow morning and then I can share ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you will like it!
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  6. Lisa @ Lisa 3D

    I’m a huge planner person! I’ve been using an Erin Condren for several years as my daily planner for both events and to do lists (among other things). I also recently ordered some hourly inserts to use separately for those days when I feel like I need to organize every hour of the day to stay sane. I completely understand your love of stationery!
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    1. Kristina

      Ohhh I didn’t realize EC did hourly inserts! I was looking at her life planners but decided not to get one since I wanted the hourly thing. Now I will have to go back and browse her site ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the tip off!

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