Tools that work for you?

Angie - posted on 01/14/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am looking for different organization tools to help me manage my time, any ideas?

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Angela - posted on 08/08/2011

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Hi Angie! I LOVE Charlie Gilkey's planners. You can find them at www.productivefluorishing.com. Even though I use my phone as a scheduling device, I still use these planners to plan out days, weeks, months, years, blog posts, etc. They also have freelance planners as well. Each month he posts the coming months entire set of planners for free, OR you can buy the entire year for just $21.00. He usually runs a half price deal mid year, so they're probably already on sale for 2011. They're worth their weight in gold to me!

Paula - posted on 04/14/2011

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Still working on the tools thing but the 15 min thing works well when I remember to set it. and Ive put a calendar on both doors and post it notes.. the post it note pads are everywhere! I use crayons and any thing to write with. and then take the post it to the door. im still working it out but so far its worked for about a month. I love the idea of throwing away something Ive accomplished and I can reuse certain ones to trigger a certain time or date. I also use alarms on my phone. I have one to remind me to pick up my kids from school! loL I do carry a spiral calendar and post its go in there too. We will see how long I can stay with it. Hang in there.

Deborah - posted on 10/08/2009

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Quoting Karen:



How do you make yourself do what the calendar tells you to do? Even when I know what I am 'supposed' to do I fight it.





Karen, that's a really good question! I struggle with this *all* the time, especially when I'm unable to take my meds, like I am right now because I'm still breastfeeding. One thing I've found to be very helpful actually comes from that Flylady.net program I posted before: set a timer for 15 mins, and work on it for 15 mins. The timer going off gives you permission to stop, so you don't go too long and burn yourself out.



Obviously, that's not gonna work for everything--unless you can get dinner ready in 15 mins! LOL But it's a good way to babystep your way through tasks you really don't want to do. (And I need to take my own advice, and get going on a bunch of paperwork before the deadlines overtake me!)

Deborah - posted on 10/08/2009

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www.flylady.net
This isn't something specifically for ADDers, but many ADDers have found it incredibly helpful. At first, people think it's just a program to keep your house clean, but it goes way beyond that. It's about gaining peace in your home. And it's completely free! :-)

Karen - posted on 02/26/2009

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I am brand new to this whole thing- (ok, so the doctor said "I don't know, but we could try this" yeah, very helpful) but I have a question: How do you make yourself do what the calendar tells you to do? Even when I know what I am 'supposed' to do I fight it.

Johnitra - posted on 02/17/2009

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I use daily calenders. With daily calenders, I can organize my entire day. Organization and keeping schedules were my weakest areas before being diagnosed. Actually, I use 3 different calenders. I have my computer calender, my carry-around calendar, and a giant hour to hour calendar that sits on my desk. These calendars are a must have. I need these tools inorder to become a productive parent.

Becky - posted on 02/10/2009

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Two things I have tried have worked pretty well.  First was a calendar called "Planner Pad."  You can get it at https://plannerpads.com/index.asp.  It's really helpful.  It's a paper calendar that is structured like a funnel and helps you start big, with every activity you can think of, and then drill down to the actual action items that will accomplish the goals and projects you are working on - even if the "project" is as simple as remembering to start dinner before the kids melt down...  The other thing is my Blackberry.  Call it my crackberry, and my husband and friends tease me about my addiction, but the thing WORKS for me!!!!  I used a palm pilot before that and then a Treo, now the Blackberry.  It helps me a lot.  Good luck :-).  I also get ADDitude magazine, at http://www.additudemag.com/.  They have some really helpful stuff.



Here's a funny thing for you about tools - I have this book called "Moms With ADD."  About 3 times now, in 4 years, my house has just gotten completely out of control, and when I've been trying to dig my way out, I find that damned book at the bottom of a pile of papers or magazines!!  It always makes me laugh, and I feel the message that I need to chill and just roll with it.



Becky

Tamara - posted on 01/25/2009

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I have a couple of calendars that I live and die by. 1st is my Google Calendar. All appointments go on there w/email reminders at least 24 hrs in advance. Than I have my wall calendar for things like day to day chores. Last is my organizer for schoolwork where I break down what I have to do for the week into parcels for each day. On the due dates themselves, I have everything that's due that day listed.

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