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Now that I have had a smartphone (iPhone), and sold it to go back to my old iPod Touch ways, I figured a little post on how I keep myself organized may be useful to others, and for me too! I like hearing suggestions on improving my life.
As a quick background I am pretty much a lazy organizer. Sounds oxymoronic but it’s true.
I don’t like very complex systems with dependencies of tasks to track, and if it’s too complicated for me, I tend to stick to it for a week and then give up because I can’t live like that.
BF is the total opposite.
The more complicated and complex it is, the happier he is. He really likes his life strictly organized down to the most minute of tasks.
His brain functions in a rigid 90 degree angles, arranged an inch apart, all in little white, neatly labelled boxes.
My brain doesn’t function in straight lines. I am more carefree with a flexible structure.
LAZY FLEXIBLE ORGANIZER
This system is for you, if you don’t like missing appointments or deadlines, but you don’t want to have to dig down into 3 levels or more of folders just to make a note to yourself about something.
- Equipment: iPod Touch, Pen/Paper
- Apps: AwesomeNotes, Do it Tomorrow, To Do, Notes (standard Apple App)
Things you have to do on a regular basis, or notes to yourself for future dates so you don’t forget them.
This is what my To Do (Life) looks like as of early October:
Anything I need to get done, I make a note of, and I set it to repeat in any way I choose (AwesomeNotes has a real flexibility in terms of that).
I organize my life in separate areas that make sense to me within the two screens I flip to the most in my daily life.
Otherwise, the other folders are just for recording purposes like when the last time I went to the dentist was.
To Do (Life): Housework, Backing up stuff, Reminders for banking, Things I have to do
To Do (Work): Work-related only. Right now it’s only listing out the holidays.
Tasks: This is for blog-related (recurring) things. I don’t want to write “BLOG-RELATED”.
Appointments: Anywhere I have to be, I log the day, time, location, and directions on how to get there.
Think: Anything I don’t want to keep in my Do it Tomorrow notepad, but don’t want to delete forever.
Books: Books I want to read.
Shopping List: Things I am thinking about purchasing, or research on products I may want to buy
Bank/Logins: I can never remember all my logins. For passwords, I put a cryptic code that will trigger the actual password in my head. I NEVER store ANY passwords here.
Work Account: Anything related to work, but not daily tasks. This includes notes on clients/people.
Travel Points: Enough said. I store all those darn numbers here.
I just take a receipt for anything I buy.
If I can’t get a receipt, I head over to Do it Tomorrow and make a quick note to myself.
Before the end of the day is up, I log the amounts I spent from Do it Tomorrow and cross them off the list.
If I just want to write it down but deal with it later, I use Do it Tomorrow. If I don’t have the iPod Touch on me, I grab any old scrap of paper and write down things on it until I can get it entered into my iPod Touch.
- Great for when you’re on-the-go and don’t have time
- Opens much quicker than AwesomeNotes
- Acts like a digital notepad where I brain dump everything
- Collects all the thoughts onto one easy screen/page
- Is only for short-term notes
At the end of the day, I sift through all the notes, then cross them off, or properly log them into their respective folders with deadlines and organization.
It mostly serves to help me filter everything I think about before committing to it by entering it into AwesomeNotes as something long-term to do/think about.
For longer notes, I use the Apple app Notes.
It’s when you need a longer page than just 3 lines to record an idea in detail, but you don’t necessarily know where or want to keep it in AwesomeNotes.
LONG LISTS AND PROJECTS
For anything that requires a bit more organization and complexity, I turn to the To Do app.
At the moment, I only use it to list out my Packing Lists of what I need to pack and carry when I travel for 2 weeks, a month or 3 months and longer.
I have categories for each travel category, and then within each, tasks and categories for each bag and compartment. I don’t use AwesomeNotes for this because it’s too simple and annoying to organize without multi-level folders within folders.
I don’t actually check anything off or remove things from the list once I’ve packed them, I use it as a way to review and make sure I’ve packed everything I said I would pack.
I also make notes about hotel and flight confirmations on here, which is the old school way to using TripIt (which I prefer, but requires a wifi connection).
If I had to manage a personal project, I’d use this To Do app.
Otherwise, for work projects, I always use MS Project or Excel.
That’s a quick overview of how I organize my life.
How do you do it?
After a year or more of using Apple products, these are the not-standard-Apple ones that I continually click on, day after day.
I always try the free stuff first, but I am willing to pay if it’s a superior app!
01. Awesome Notes for Organizing
02. Tomorrow for a fast To Do List — FREE
03. Newsify for Google RSS Feeds — FREE (for now)
05. Converter to convert almost anything — FREE
06. Camera+ for enhanced photos on the fly
07. Photosynth for creating panoramic photos — FREE
08. Barcode Scanner to find product deals in stores and online
09. OnTheFly for the best flight deals (it’s by Google) — FREE
10. TripIt for organizing travel (flights, hotels, cars) — FREE
11. Award Wallet for organizing your rewards numbers — FREE
12. Battery Sense to let you know how long you have for talking, reading, surfing, etc — FREE
What are some of your favourite apps?
Whenever I feel like I want to refresh my wardrobe, but I don’t want to (or shouldn’t) spend any money on new things, I do the following:
- Catalogue my current wardrobe
- Shop my own closet
- Make a list of Wardrobe Wants
Catalogue my current wardrobe
I like going through my wardrobe, I like cleaning (purging, de-cluttering) and organizing it, and knowing what I have, so I can dream up of new outfits so I can shop my own closet easily.
Once I started going through and itemizing items and cleaning it out, I realized I had a LOT of grey sweaters. In fact, it was the main colour in my closet as a neutral.
I realized that it was also the reason why I never reached for certain items because I chose my favourite grey sweater every time (‘Only grey sweaters, AGAIN?’).
So my solution was to catalogue my clothes onto my iPod Touch, using Picasa to see it on my desktop by:
- Taking stock photos (if I can find them) online
- Taking pictures of the clothes themselves
- Taking pictures of me, wearing the clothes (ideal, but I’m very lazy)
For example, here are my dresses:
Now that I know what I already own, and I won’t be tempted to buy yet anything similar to what I already own, like another red wrap dress.
I recently did something similar in my mother’s closet, and let me show you the two items she has an overabundance of:
Yellow Cotton Vest Shirts (6)
Pink Collared Shirts (8)
Granted, these items look really nice on her skin tone, but she doesn’t really need yet another pink shirt or yellow vest.
Shop my own closet
It can be hard not to want a new outfit after you see people wear different things, or a certain striped shirt you think would be perfect in your closet.
The truth of the matter is you may already have the components for a similar outfit (or at least, I KNOW I do), and you may just need a small accessory like a red belt to finish it off.
I “shop” my own closet, by going through, organizing it, purging pieces I know have gone unworn for too long, and really scrutinizing if I should keep an item or not.
At the end of the exercise, I usually end up creating new outfits and my desire to buy new things disappears after I realize I can’t really fit any more into my suitcases unless I get rid of other items.
Make a list of Wardrobe Wants
This is an exercise I go through on a regular basis. It can be easy to lust after new items, but are you missing other key essential pieces to tie everything together?
If so, then you might be wasting your money on yet another pair of jeans, but are missing the right pair of business casual herringbone trousers to wear with 50% of your wardrobe.
My Wardrobe Wants:
- Thin Red Belt — I don’t want to spend a lot of money, and I’m being very picky about the belt
- White Casual Blazer — Not structured; Thought I found it but the fabric is all wrong
- Plain Brown Leather Mid-Calf 2″ Heeled Boots — To wear under trousers during Autumn and Winter
- Men’s Watch — I have a few contenders in mind, but I don’t want to pay a ridiculous amount
- Thin, Supersoft Leather Jacket — I am waffling between one in an inky blue or a dark brown
- Beige Trenchcoat — I obviously love the classic, minimalist looking ones, but I want a good price
- Navy Wide-Striped T-Shirt — I am very picky about the spacing of the lines for this shirt
- White or Ivory Drape-y Dress — I found one, but the neckline was very lowcut…
- Brown Flats — Replacements for my worn out Rudsak ones; Am looking at Frye Carson Flats
- Black Suede Round-Toe Pumps — I think they’d look great with a good chunk of my dresses
White Straight-Legged Drape-y Pants— Found at H&M for $40! They’re perfect & the right $$ Olive/Khaki Sweater— Found it as a thin wrap sweater last year at Lululemon for $98 Striped Dress— Found it! Comrags Brady Style French Striped Dress for $300 Red Dress– Found it! Consignment Diane von Furstenberg Red Wool Utility Wrap Dress for $136 Olive/Khaki Dress– Found it! Bionic Genia Olive Dress by Mark Foreman, deeply discounted for $50
Items Pictured Above:
- Thin Red Belt — Etsy P Store Handmade Red Belt – $14.50
- White Casual Blazer — Aritzia/Wilfred Shrunken Chevalier Blazer – $195
- Plain Brown Leather Boots — Haven’t really found them yet; What’s pictured is not it
- Men’s Watch — Mondaine Don’t Rush Men’s Watch – $100
- Leather Jacket — m0851 Perfecto in Ink — $780 – $830 (*cries*)
- Beige Trenchcoat — Burberry Woven Raffia Trench – $3095 (absolutely NOT in my range!)
- V-Neck Black Sweater — Patrizia Pepe – $95
- Navy Wide-Striped Shirt — A.L.C. Travis Striped Shirt – $140
- White Drape-y Dress – Wilfred Franca Dress – $175
- Brown Flats — Frye Carson Flats in Cognac $91 – $328
- Black Suede Round-Toe Pumps — Aldo Poston Shoes in Black Suede – $80
How this will all save you time and money
- You won’t buy yet ANOTHER grey sweater again
- You won’t waste time browsing and looking for things you don’t really need as an Essential Item
won’twaste less money because you will stick to your list!
Of course, in between looking for these Wardrobe Wants, I found pieces that were not really on my list, but overall, I’ve stopped myself from buying things I know I already have duplicates of in my wardrobe.