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What Do You Want in an Organizational Tool?

Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 9, 2011 @ 1:18 am In Home Management,Time Management | 18 Comments

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This is your brain.

This is your brain on paper.

How do you make sense of everything swirling in your head?

As the new school year approaches and with it, a busier schedule, I’ve spent some time over the last few weeks putting together a new household notebook and personal planner. Recently I asked the crowd on Facebook [5] for a better term to describe  my notebook because it goes beyond just the ins and outs of our household. Household notebook just didn’t do it justice. It’s my life — condensed into an itty bitty storage space.

It truly is My Brain — on paper. I would be lost without it. Unable to function. Without a hope of getting anything done. Totally and completely scattered and disorganized. Alone on a vast and wind-tossed sea….

OK, you get my drift.

Make a notebook that works for you.

Each year when I revamp my notebook, I add some new features that help my notebook help my “life as mom.” I keep mental notes of the things that I wished were in my notebook. Then, when it’s time for a makeover, I add those improvements I’ve been looking for, in the planning pages [6] themselves, but also in the physical construction of the book. This year, I’m particularly pleased with all the new bells and whistles.

[6]I wrote an entire book on how to put together a household notebook [6]. I think it will help you immensely. It has for me. (And this year I’ve added blogging and homeschooling add-ons as well as redesigned the original book.)

Next week I’ll be sharing a photo tutorial about the physical construction of planning notebooks (aka Paper Brains) and how you can make them serve you to the utmost.

I wondered what YOU want in your personal planner or household notebook. If you could have a new organizational tool that is customized to you and your life, what would it include?

What do YOU want in an organizer?



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