ONE WAY TO ELEVATE YOUR LIFE? STAY ORGANIZED
Do you ever feel so overwhelmed with your task list that you just want to ignore it? There are always a number of things that need to be done, but it’s just so much easier to sit on the couch and watch Netflix. I can only say this with authority because I myself am very guilty!
I work a lot of different types of jobs. I am a pilot, a husband and father, a publisher, a Beachbody coach, and a blogger. Really, it all comes down to time management for me to make sure I get everything done.
MY BIGGEST OBSTACLE: PARENTHOOD
Nothing is more demanding of my time than being a daddy. In the past, it was my job flying as a charter pilot that took up so much of my time. After I started working for an individual owner with a light schedule, parenthood easily moved to the number one position. My wife works from home as an author and graphic designer and she can always use help with the little one. I am SO happy to help because our little girl is so much fun.
If you are also a parent, you know what I am talking about. The daily parental tasks are not optional. It’s not like regular house chores where I can simply let the dishes pile up – a tiny human needs ALL THE ATTENTION! Haha.
I can schedule things all I want, but there are ALWAYS complications when you’re a parent. Even for us, with such a compliant little girl, we have to be ready to be flexible.
LIFE’S REQUIREMENT FOR FLEXIBILITY REQUIRES ME TO ORGANIZE TO STAY ON TRACK
I would never get anything of substance done if I didn’t maintain some sort of organization. My wife and I split duties, which is a major help, and we each have our own system to stay organized.
For me, I use a combination of Google Calendar and Google Keep.
Google Calendar is obviously a calendar, but it works well for us because the integration we can have with each other. We are able to integrate multiple calendars into one shared electronic calendar and can trim it down to one “segment” of our life with a few clicks. When it’s time for me to work on the publishing business, I can view our shared calendar and stay on track with my required tasks, like staying on top of copyright claims or marketing.
Google Keep is also a wonderful tool for me. It is set up like Post-It notes on my phone. They’re all color coded to be related to their appropriate task categories. I use blue for flying, orange for fitness blogging, and green for publishing. I can create tasks with checkboxes or simply jot down some ideas or reminders. I can save articles or other inspiring reminders or take photos to remind me, say, where I parked at the airport terminal. Even more wonderful, I can set reminders based on time or even by geographical location. For example, I can set a reminder to go off based on when I get to the airport.
IN THE END, YOU NEED TO FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU AND STICK WITH IT
I’d like to meet the person who doesn’t need to use time management skills. Surely this person exists, but for the rest of us it comes down to consistency and discipline to make sure we are active and productive. What do you use to stay organized? Comment below!