I am often asked how I “do it all” (I don’t but apparently it looks that way)! The way I stay productive and get things done is by using lists and goals. With four kids not much can be “scheduled” and there is no such thing as protecting my time. If I have specific goals, deadlines, and to-do lists that move me towards those goals, and if I keep those things where I can look at them multiple times a day, I find I have my best chances of accomplishing them.
I have tried so many different organizers; regular spiral planners, fancy planners, bullet journals (I really wanted to love this one!), binders with various pages, and more. None of them have worked well for me. I have too many pieces of my life to organize and I change my mind about how I want it arranged too often!
Then I figured out how to organize myself on Evernote! Evernote is a free app available on any platform (there is a paid version but you don’t need it for my planner) where you can make “notes” and organize them into “notebooks” and “stacks.” As someone who generally has notes scribbled on any piece of paper in sight and in multiple notebooks and has all my papers and notebooks in stacks all over the house this arrangement definitely appealed to me.
This is by no means the only, nor necessarily even the best, way to set up an organizer-in Evernote or otherwise. This is the way I am doing it, and right now it is working VERY well for me. The best part-I can change it if I change my mind!! The next best part-it is always with me. I have the Evernote app on my phone, my tablet and my computer giving me ultimate flexibility, and my planner is very literally always at my fingertips!
I am going to share with you how I set up my organizer. Again this is not the only way and it is completely flexible and customizable. Feel free to use the parts that work for you and change and adjust as needed. I’m going to show you my basic layout and I have created templates that you can use if you don’t want to create your own!
Watch the following videos for a visual on how to do this. Then see below for how to get my Ebook with instructions and the templates that I show in the video. All are free for you to download, adapt, and use!
Get the Ebook and Templates!