Do you sometimes feel like your life needs a serious overhaul?
Drowning in paper and always forgetting important tasks?
Wondering which organizational tools will really help you achieve the life you want?
Creating an organized life, and maintaining it, isn’t as hard as you might think. Of course, it will require planning and some time to set it up.
But once you’ve got the following six key tools in place you will feel more focused and in control of your life and time.
6 Essential Tools to Keep Your Life Organized
By no means is this an exhaustive list of everything you can try. Rather, these are tried and tested organizational tools which have helped many individuals.
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Yes, even in the age of digital organization a paper planner does still have a place in your organizational tool chest.
It doesn’t have to be big and bulky or expensive. In fact, you might find that the latest trend for a bespoke bullet journal might suit you best.
Your paper planner can include tasks and items that you want to keep a close eye on, as well as for making notes and lists.
Below are a few to check out. I highly recommend The 7 Minute Planner, especially for anyone who is self-employed or in a position that requires a fair bit of varied activity each day.
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In addition to the paper planner, an online calendar or app for your smartphone, is another essential. This handy tool will be with you everywhere that your phone goes and has the added benefit of being able to give you alerts for meetings and scheduled tasks.
This handy tool will be with you everywhere that your phone goes and has the added benefit of being able to give you alerts for meetings and scheduled tasks.
My favorite digital calendar is Cozi. They have both free and premium versions. What is especially helpful is that you can set up all the family members with access. The calendar is color coded by the individual. That means everyone can see what other people will be doing, something especially helpful when planning activities that involve more than you.
This handy tool is free but does have a paid option that provides more functionality. However, for most people the free version will be sufficient.
You can clip whole webpages, URLs, create notebooks, share information, create draft documents and add pdf files. It is an online tool but has apps for smart devices that will allow you to sync your notebooks across all of your devices so you’ll always be able to access your information.
It is an online tool but has apps for smart devices that will allow you to sync your notebooks across all of your devices so you’ll always be able to access your information. Just note that the free version only allows 2 devices.
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If you’re using a bullet journal, then you may decide to create a financial planner within it. If not then you really need to create a dedicated financial planner in which to record your income, expenses and savings.
You can keep a track of bills due with a monthly bill payment calendar to ensure that you never miss making a payment again.
If you don’t want to have a paper planner for your finances, then there are lots of financial planning and management apps available online. One such tool is Good Budget which is a free app for iPhone and Android.
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To Do List
Your to do list is going to be an essential tool to keep your life on track, running smoothly and perfectly organized.
Paper lists are great as you can carry them with you or display them where you can’t miss them. There are also plenty of to do list apps that can help you create, monitor and organize your lists.
Suggested apps are Todoist and Jamie’s To Do which are both free. I use Cozi’s list feature as the account is shared with my family members. That way anything that is for the household can be seen by everyone living in it.
A health and fitness tracker can help you monitor your exercise as well as your diet.
My Fitness Pal is a popular free online tool with Android and iPhone apps. It contains a huge food database for tracking what you eat and you can create a personalized diet profile.
These six tools can really help you stay on top of organization. There are obviously other tools that you may find useful and necessary in organizing your life.
What tools do you use to get and stay organized?
Do you have a favorite (or more) that isn’t mentioned here?