1 Aug – Staying Organised

What tools do you use to keep organized so things on your to-do list don’t slip through the cracks?


There you go again, making assumptions that I’m using apps to stay organised… That would require actually being organised, and well, I’m so not.

Don’t get me wrong, I do organise myself, well, sometimes I do, but most of the time my life is very ad-hoc. I have moments where I’ll go into some kind of psychotic organisational frenzy, and plot and plan and sort etc and get very determined to just getting shit done… But those moments aren’t very common. As it is, the most I do in terms of being organised is putting stuff into Google Calendar and having that sync with my iDevices, and then having follow-up flags on particular emails at work.

When I get particularly snowed under and notice the pile of papers on my desk growing higher and higher, then I eventually get sick of it and take some time out to just sort through it all and have a big filing session. From there I usually start a list of tasks that still need to be done (usually because they’re overdue because I probably forgot about them) and then develop some kind of to-do list from that.

I’ve tried a few different apps on my iPhone / iPad to help keep track of what I need to do, and keep myself accountable for anything that still hasn’t been completed, but I have often found that it usually takes too much time to set all the tasks up in the app and it’s just much faster to scribble it down on a piece of paper and give myself a set amount of time.

Granted, in saying that, I have a growing list of tasks that I still need to do from last week, but I find that I’ve been ploughing through them all on the days where I know I’m. It going to be interrupted or when I have to work on reception.

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