Lots of people use our planners to keep track of their entire schedules. Geralin Thomas, for example a professional organizer based in Cary, North Carolina uses an alphabetical system and a Minister to organize her time.
I’ve got a much more haphazard way of doing things. I use my Outlook calendar to keep track of my phone calls and appointments (mostly on account of the automatic reminder function, which is great for an absentminded person who’s always at her desk). But whenever I go anywhere, I take my Sapa X with me so I can schedule things on the road.
I have a two-columned notebook on my desk to keep track of current projects. On the left-hand side, I write down my ongoing tasks in order of priority. On the right-hand side, I list some errands I’d like to run (dry cleaning, for example) that I probably won’t get around to for a while, but don’t want to lose track of entirely.
Then I have a bunch of other notebooks on which I write stuff down and actually do work, and a small pad in the kitchen to write down grocery lists. It’s not a system, per seI’m always adjusting and rejiggering things like how much detail I go into on my to-do lists, or how I keep track of deadlines (mostly in my head). But I don’t think I’d be able to maintain anything more well, systematic.
What’s your time-management system?