Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Controlled Chaos

I currently run three small businesses out of my home.
I have four children, three of them are teenagers with packed schedules.
I cook dinner every night. Not because I am a super serious health nut, but three of my kids and I are lactose intolerant, its just easier to cook and know what all goes into our dinner. We like to avoid upset stomachs at all costs.

So all of that takes some planning.
I know a lot of people rave about Google Calendar. You can access it from your smart phone or desktop. Its easy to update yada, yada, yada. I think that would be great for me if I only had to manage myself.
I'm a well known technology hater when it comes to organization.
Using an online calendar is like using a credit card over cash. You can easily add something to it but unless you're looking at your statement constantly you can forget about what you put on it. Sometimes its nice to know exactly what is in your "wallet".

I take a lot of crap for this, but I use a big desk calendar. The kind that you pick up at Staples for under $5.00. Its easy for me to glance at when I am on the phone and I need to schedule something.

But this year I've been a bit more busy with work and my kids so I needed to break it down even further.
I found these great weekly to do free printables from artsy-fartsy mama.

Weekly calendar pages from artsy-fartsy mama
The calendar pages are blank and begin on Mondays. They also have a "this week's menu" section and shopping list section. I like it. I didn't have to create it myself. I just printed off 52 of those suckers and stuck them into a half an inch binder. I also added a monthly calendar page too for each month. I really liked this one that is available from Infarrantly Creative.

The binder I picked up was $4.00 and has see through cover so you can add a custom touch to it. I decided to make mine it more "Thea".
Pardon my latin.
I just printed this onto a random piece of scrapbooking paper that I had. (I go for the hard core inspirational quotes.) The binder is really thin and it fits just fine into my bag - I carry a messenger bag.

For those that struggle with organization I highly recommend getting low tech. Sometimes mom hands are too busy to hold a phone or walk around with a laptop or tablet.  There is something about actually writing down your to do's, having them open on your desk or kitchen counter to refer to.


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