It’s a new year, and that means new organization. This year, though, I’m going to continue with a system that I started last year that worked well for me: Monthly and Daily To Do Lists.
After trying all sorts of planners, I eventually realized that I had to just make one form myself. I got a super cheap composition book with graph paper on the inside. (Less than $2. I’m not kidding about the super cheap.) I then decide it by months and weeks with the extra pages in the back available for general notes.
The result is a page for the overall month with all the tasks I need to accomplish that month. That’s followed by 4-5 pages of weeks where I designate those tasks to certain days. Everyday I look to see what I’ve assigned myself for the day, and then I look at the monthly overview to see if there’s anything else I can try to squeeze in.
Below are pictures of this month’s master page and the page for the first week of the year.
Having implemented this system, I found that not only did I get more done each day, I also forgot fewer key tasks. When something comes up (like reading a submission), it gets added to the master list. If it’s a task I want (or need) to tackle in the next few days, it goes on a daily To Do List as well.
Of course, everyone manages their tasks differently, and I would love to hear how others go about staying organized. Let me know in the comments or on Twitter if you have an even better way.