I know I’ve been MIA; I’m sorry.
I’ve just had a lot on my mind and slowly but inevitably, blogging sank to the bottom of my priority list. I’m working hard to change this guys, I promise!
One thing that keeps me sane in my day to day life is mapping out everything I need to do.
Usually, I do this in my head.
This is almost always a big mistake.
I am someone who cannot even remember what she wore to work on Friday. My friends have often told me I have a selective memory; I like to think I’m simply plain ol’ forgetful.
So you see why mapping out plans and to-do lists in my head is a recipe for disaster?
I decided to start writing things down and storing things for later in better and more organized ways than just cramming them in my head.
Cue, note taking.
I am always with my phone so I utilize my phone to make notes and reminders on my daily plans.
Here’s what I use:
- My phone’s notepad: This is a great way to write down ideas, things to remember and stuff to do as it comes to me through out the day. (Available on most phones; pre-installed or available for download in your app store)
- Evernote: This handy app is great for making checklists so you can tick the ones you’ve done and have clear visibility of tasks you are yet to do. You can also use it as a notepad. (Available on Apple, Android, Windows and Blackberry)
- Pocket: Pocket is a great app for storing webpages for later. If I see a blog post or webpage I’d like to read but don’t have time to read at that moment, I simply save it with Pocket and read it later. (Available on Apple, Android and for your web browser on your computer)
- Siri: Siri is bae. You can ask Siri to remind you about things you need to do later and even set alarms for you. Siri can also do what Pocket does; if you’re on a webpage and you access Siri, you can say “remind me about this later” and Siri will. (Available on Apple)
So what happens when my phone dies? *gasps*
I am a heavy phone user so this always always happens. And I never remember to charge my powerbank.
This is where going old school and gettting an actual book with real paper comes in.
I can hardly ever be caught without a book in my bag. This is a newly developed habit that has been a life saver.
It’s not just for times when my phone is dead. There are places where I am that I can’t use or don’t want to use my phone.
Tip: Try to always have a pen and a book/notepad/planner/journal with you.
At first you may not use it, but you will eventually and you will be glad you did.
Peep my current notebook collection below.
Remember I said in my New Year post that I started a business? Writing down my ideas was the major reason why they materialized.
As a matter of fact, the idea to sell the product that currently brings in the most cash for my business came to my mind while I was in a keke on my way to work one random morning and I got my notebook out of my bag and wrote it down immediately. If I didn’t, I probably would have forgotten.
The only reason I was able to successfully write and follow through with this blog post is because I planned to do it and wrote it down in my planner.
I hope I have convinced you and not confused you about the importance of writing sh!t down.
Write your plans, write inspiring quotes, write your goals, write your ideas, write important dates, write affirmations, write your thoughts, write your appointments, write to-do lists, write for writing sake, write EVERYTHING!
There’s just something about writing things down that makes them feel more real.
And if you need a great planner to start with, why not give the HDHQ Planner a go?
You can plan your entire year with this awesome planner. Here’s mine.
You can read more about it and see more pictures here.
To order, send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. It costs 3000 Naira.
So, how do you keep your day organized? How do you get everything done? Are you team write-stuff-down or team I-have-it-all-in-my-head or team take-each-moment-as-it-comes?
I would love to hear from you!
Have a great week!