The time management tools you choose largely depend on the types of activities and information you deal with each day, plus your own personality profile — from the detail oriented to those who like to keep things casual.
Learning what works for others is an excellent way to find what works for you for your own time management system.
Here’s my time management system for example:
• Day-Timer daily planner, 2-page per day planner refill (desk size) – holds daily schedule, prioritized to-do list, and goal sheets
• Microsoft Outlook – keeps master task list, master calendar, contacts
• iPhone – syncs Outlook task list and calendar via Plan2Go app, uses alerts to remind me of upcoming tasks and appointments
• Notepad – for the few times I’m not carrying my planner, I always have a pocket-sized notebook for notes and ideas. It’s my back-up plan. It doesn’t matter which type, but the key is I transfer today’s notes into my planner, and I always use the same notebook until it runs out of pages
Here’s a short write-up on how I use my planner combining paper and digital tools.
As you can see, I maintain a simple system and it serves me well for organizing my writing topics, meeting notes, and a prioritized list of to-dos for multiple projects.
What’s your time management system? Which tools work for you and why? Paper or digital? Please share…
|Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org|