I am a big believer that it is important to develop your own organisation system that works for your lifestyle, so I have spent a lot of time developing my own organiser.Â In the last two years I have tried both paper and electronic systems and finally settled on a system using Rollabind discs and a page a day sheet I developed.
I like my diary to show time slots so I can clearly see when appointments are to ensure there is enough travel time and no overlaps. Instead of having a long home task list the idea was to provide a task list a day where repeating items could be added after they are last completed and other tasks added following the ideas of Do it tomorrow. Making use of the flexibility offered by Rollabind, I developed a second task form for my work tasks that covered the green area shown, enabling me to separate my home and work tasks, but using the same diary.
All of this was in place before I finished work to ensure once I was on maternity leave I would have the system to help me get things done. However I soon realised it was no longer suitable.
My days are no longer as busy and I usually have only one appointment a day, so a page a day diary was not necessary. Instead, I am now using a tiny week to view diary (a style I have previously disliked).Â Although I am no longer working I frequently get less done in a day then when I only had evening to work on my home tasks. With the above template I was needing to freqeuntly rewrite my task list and this was using up too much of my precious time. Fortunately Mark Forster was looking for people to test a new system called Autofocus which I’m giving a go.
I’m sure I will continue to adapt my system, particularly in a few months when I return to work, however it is great to be using such a simple system at the moment.