Remember my post about Staying Organized with a clipboard checklist?
Anyone try it out?
So! In that post, I also mentioned another thing that is imperative to helping me stay on task. And that’s my cheap and easy day planner.
The non fancy one.
The one where you don’t have to print a thing.
The one that you don’t even have to order. Unless you need standard office supplies of course.
And the one that you may be able to build with stuff in your home already!
I’m ecstatic to say, this is the only only ONLY day planner system that has stood the test of time for me.
But don’t even blink, because before you know it, you’ll have built it. It’s that easy.
You’ll need: (contains some Amazon affiliate links)
A 3 ring binder
Wire spiral bound notebook
2. Label the tabs with things that matter to you daily, weekly, or even yearly.
4. On the left side, call this your MASTER LIST, then jot down your weekly or longer term goals for reference.
5. On the right side, enter the days of the week with S M T W T F S. Then slip the dates beside the days.
If you find you need more space for daily stuff, flip to the next page, and use the left AND right pages for the entire week. I find one page generally does it for me.
6. Transfer the master list stuff to the daily page.
Cross off master list stuff only when it’s actually done.
Cross off daily stuff as it’s done. It’s very satisfying btw!
7. Slip an 8.5 x 11 paper calendar behind the master list for easy reference and jotting notes.
Why I love this system:
Didn’t get the master list done this week? Well, good news… next week it’s still on your master list! Lucky you…
Need shopping or supplies? Flip to the appropriate list under the desired tab, then take a phone picture of it. This way, if you don’t end up getting it all, your original reference is still there. This works so well for groceries!
You could make fancy printable pages if desired. My original day planner was like that. In fact, I had plans a few years back on making it into a cheap ebook! But I didn’t like printing stuff all the time, so this was just easier, and easy always stands the test of time, doesn’t it?
My main scheduler is by the kitchen phone. Because space is an issue, this pipe shelf made from 2x4s was customized so the planner can slip underneath, giving me back my counter again. It’s perfect!
Spiral ring notebook addition
You may also notice, I have a spiral ringed notebook on the left side, above. I have one by each phone, one beside the computer, and one in my truck. I simply date the top page, then when jotting quick notes via a phone call, the info is always available for reference later. Invaluable! And sure beats lost post it notes.
Because the upstairs was already organized, I decided to make this 2nd scheduler for my downstairs computer. But I needed a new idea to help organize needed office supplies.
That’s where this little beat up metal tackle box came in handy!
You can find similar ones in my Toolbox Collection on eBay HERE (#ad)
It was pretty dirty, so I wiped it down, then polished it with a little of Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture wax.
Hemp oil is fabulous for metal too, but I was out.
Love how the tackle-box offers different levels, and keeps everything together. Portable, too!
And if you have a couple of vintage oil cans, let them help you grab small notes / receipts, or hang masking tape.
Other toolbox office organizers
HERE is another toolbox organizer I used for my iPhone.
Guess I’d better actually read the planner next, huh?
Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links so you can easily find my fav gear. I am also compensated as a writer on eBay.