6 Tools to Organize Your Hectic Schedule
I get asked often, how I stay organized. I have a pretty hectic schedule: I am a full time student taking 20 units, I work part-time, I run Zoso Lights, and I am currently in the process of starting the organization, The Creatives Club. Now, this may seem like a lot to handle. That's because, it is! I have always been one of those people that takes on as much as they can possibly handle, and sometimes a little more. If I don't stay organized, it is easy to start doing some things without my whole heart in them, and completely forget to do others.
I know I am not the only one that has this tendency, so I wanted to share a few tools that I use to stay on top of things, and not become overwhelmed.
TweetdeckTweetdeck is actually one of my favorite resources. Using Tweetdeck, you can sign in to multiple Twitter accounts and manage them straight from a dashboard that is customizable for your needs. I have my personal twitter and the twitter account for The Creatives Club side by side. This keeps me from having to run down my phone battery by using the Twitter app, or continuously having to sign-out and back in.
I have the "home" and "notifications" of each account set up. You also have the option to display direct messages, mentions, searches, hashtags, and so much more! If you don't have multiple Twitter accounts, you can still benefit from the ease of Tweetdeck.
BufferBuffer is the site I am currently using to schedule social media posts. Basically, you connect your social media accounts, and schedule posts to go up at certain times. This is perfect to keep engaged with your followers, and post at times you would not usually be at your computer/phone. There is also a Buffer app available for both Android and Apple devices, which is perfect for scheduling on-the-go.
Mail App To keep track of the growing number of email accounts I have, I use the mail app on my macbook. For me, this is the simplest way to have all of my inboxes visible in the same spot. Also, when you receive a new email, a notification pops up so you don't have to continuously check for new emails.
OneNote To-do lists play a huge role in my organization. I am definitely a paper and pen kind of gal, but sometimes that just isn't feasible. When I am out and about and need to make a note, I use Microsoft's OneNote. With this, I am able to use the OneNote app on my phone, tablet, or computer, which keeps all of my work in sync without me having to email things back and forth. If I am somewhere that I do not have access to my phone, I can sign in to my OneNote account on any computer. Another great feature is being able to work on notes/projects with other people. Through OneNote, multiple people can work on something at once, making collaborations and sharing a breeze!
[If some of these features aren't as important to you, a great app for super simple note taking and to-do lists, is Simplenote.]
Moleskine Like I said, I am a paper and pen kinda girl. I like to jot down notes, elaborate on post details, doodle, etc. I have a Moleskine that I keep with me for these types of things.
Erin Condren Life Planner I know, I go on and on about this thing, but I would honestly be lost without it. This is where I create my editorial calendar, keep track of meetings and appointments, important dates, school work deadlines, and so much more. You can read my full post about the Erin Condren Life Planner, and why I love it so much here. (There is also a link to receive $10 off!)
So there you have it. Six of my most used tools to keep my hectic schedule organized and manageable. The more organized you are, the less you will stress. Having a hectic schedule can be fun and rewarding, but I can totally relate to it becoming unmanageable very quickly. Remember to breathe and not overwhelm yourself! (And don't forget to take a little "me time" every now and then!)
Do you have tips and tools to keep a crazy schedule organized? I want to hear them! Leave them in the comments below, or tweet them to me (@Noodoso)!