Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Revamping My Organizational System

Friends! I'm okay. Thank you for your messages of concern. It's only been four days without posts!

Life has been quite hectic around here:
  1. Two-week vacation at the in-laws house while having a miscarriage.
  2. Matt was out of town for 1.5 weeks. 
  3. My part-time job ballooned into a 200% time job, as we busted our butts to get ready for the first day of school. I was working full days, as well as Saturdays and Sundays. 
  4. We traveled back to Indiana for Matt's cousin's wedding.
  5. Henry has swim lessons every day for 10 minutes. The pool is about 20 minutes in the opposite direction of everything else. We've been in the car a lot.
So, blogging has taken a back seat, as well as a whole bunch of other things (like working with the architects to build our house, eating healthy meals, crafting, etc.).

All of this craziness has forced me to revamp my organizational system AGAIN. I know. It's a bit crazy how frequently I have to update my system. But my needs have changed drastically. My system for maternity leave was great for a while, but now that I have a torrent of to-do's every day, I needed something that could handle more capacity. Even my weekly template wasn't cutting it.

I went back to my friend's book to flip through some samples. I was inspired to create this template. I now clip it on a clipboard (no time to open binders!). It helps when I'm running all around school and get bombarded with requests. I have to write them down in the moment, or else they risk being lost forever.

I feel okay with the fact that I've had to change my system so many times within such a short span of time. Our organizational systems are only effective if they meet our needs. If our needs change, our systems have to change, too. 

I'm still going to play with my system a bit more, but this current one is a good stop gap. It helps me feel a little less stressed and a little more on top of things when the you-know-what hits the fan, but I know it could be better in terms of helping me prioritize.

I hope all is well with you!

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Beth said...

Sara, you should create a course to teach people your amazing organizational skills. I would take it twice.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sara,

I so enjoy reading your blog everyday. I'd love to know more about how you and your husband budgeted the amount of money you would need to save to transition into a family and work less then full-time for a while after Henry was born. There is surprisingly little information out there for couples on this topic. I'd love to see a post about that!

Keep up the good work!

Sara E. Cotner said...

That's a great idea for a post, M.S. I will probably get to it next week.

Beth, thank you for your kind words. I honestly just read organizational books and then do my best to implement the advice.

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