People often ask me “what are your favourite organising tools” and expect me to come up with some cool techno gadget. But even though I love gadgets, when it comes to organising, I love the basics. They simply work best for me. So here are my top 3, in no particular order:
1. Pen and Paper
Yes, I know, that’s 2 things, but they go together. When it comes to making lists, nothing beats pen and paper for me (although pencils are pretty cool, too). There is something about writing by hand on paper that makes what I write down stick in my head much better than typing it out on a computer or using a smartphone. I find typing on a smartphone more than annoying, I only use it for diary entries on the go.
If I could make paper send me reminders, like my Outlook calendar does, I would revert back to a paper diary. I love the tactile quality and the elegant beauty of “real” diaries/planners.
Paper is also great for mind mapping. Even the best software can’t get close.
One of the most useful tools to keep track of yourself while online. It’s a tool that can either track how much time you spend on a task or site and it can also count-down if you have set yourself a time limit. Great for staying on track with social media!
You can choose from fun options, such as an egg-timer or a bomb that explodes when it gets to zero. And make sure you have your sound up, so that you can hear the alarm go off at the end of the timer! Or choose the cash clock, that works out how much money you’ve earned so far.
3. My Butler Bag
I know that’s a girly item (sorry guys), but I was so impressed with this handbag that I started selling them. It has built-in rigid compartments that keep even small items upright and this makes finding things in your handbag so much easier. No more missed calls because you can’t find your mobile. No more getting drenched in the rain because you can’t find your key. Everything is at your fingertips. This bag is so worth every penny!
So that’s it, my 3 favourite tools to get organised. What do you use to stay organised? Please comment.