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Organizing Stationary

Okay. So I don’t know about you, but I had a really lovely break.

I deliberately took one whole week off from the internet (which was a lot easier to do than I thought it was going to be) – set up auto-responders for my e-mail, said my farewells on twitter and facebook, and proceeded to actually remember what life was like before I worked  – and thought about work – 24/7. It was rather nice.

However! All good things must come to an end, as they say, and as much as I enjoyed my break… by the end of it my brain had started buzzing again, and I was keen to get back to work.

However. The energy I had prior to my break was harder to reclaim – and the sheer volume of work that I need to catch up on/work on has had my brain in a little bit of a tanty this last day or two. Not to mention that I’ve got a slew of non-work activities (walking, yoga, French, cello, sewing) that I really want to actually make progress on this year, and I just didn’t see that happening if I ‘left it to fate’.

What to do?

Well, it occured to me that when I was younger – actually, when I was at school and uni – I always made a timetable when I had a lot to do. A down-on-paper, hour-by-hour, day-by-day timetable to organise myself. So, that’s what I’ve decided to do. I’ve got next week’s timetable mostly written out, and stuck up on my magnet board.

When I have so many different tasks to attend to, it calms my mind to allocate space for all of them!

So – my question to you is – what are you doing to organise your time so that you can make the best of 2011?

Are you using a diary, a planner, sticky-notes, a journal, google calendar (I love this and use it to remind me of  things I MUST remember to do), a wall planner…? What methods have you found most effective to organise your time and your business?