Organization is always something that I have an on and off relationship with, but so far in 2015 I have been crazy organized (well with my blog, school, and my internship but you do not want to see what my bedroom looks like kind of scary).
All of my organizational tools and websites:
- Google Calendar - is how I schedule out my blog. I wish blogger had a built in calendar where you could drag and drop posts and plan ahead. I love Google Calendar compared to using my laptop/phone calendar because this I can access anywhere with internet as well as share it with someone. It is great because I can look at my calendar and Rachel's blog calendar to see what is going on. I have everything color coded as well! Here is an example of what my February Calendar looked like!
- Google Drive- is a lot like DropBox in that it it stores images, documents, and videos as well as having the capabilities to share/download those items. I love making folders and easily sharing them. It also is magnificent in that it pretty much has all of the properties of the Microsoft office suit for FREE. I get the Microsoft office suit from school, but if I didn't I would be using google for documents, power point, and excel because I despise pages with a burning passion. I know some mac users like it but as a person who started with dell computers I can't stand pages.
- Google Docs- There are always certain classes that are easier to take notes on my laptop compared to hand writing. I love to take notes on google doc because if I need to study it is great to just read through on my phone anywhere. I also love uploading any papers or presentations into the folder with my notes so everything is in the same place. I also it because it is really is to print out my homework in school rather than emailing stuff to myself. It is all on google drive not clogging up my laptop. Also one of the best things about this for Rachel and I co-blogging is that we can work on stuff together and both edit documents. I like to keep lists of books I need to review and discussion ideas in a folder.
- Google Spreadsheets- I love making spreadsheets for everything. Currently Rachel and I are planning a huge blog event, which is so exciting but we have to keep track of a lot of info all in one place and we use spreadsheets for all of that.
- Evernote- is also a really great note taking website and app. I think it is really awesome but not that I am using google drive it is just easier to keep everything in one place.
- My Planner- I have color coded my planner which really helps for visually to see what I have to do per class as well as which class has the most that needs to be done. I also like to put in any plans that I have with friends, what blog post has to be done each day, and any large tasks that I have to do for Patchwork Press. I keep a legend of sorts for each color and I use highlighters to color code. It isn't the prettiest planner but highlighting and checking things off is a lot of fun for me. My planner is just under $15 from Target, but I love that it has monthly and weekly spreads and it also has a pouch for pens that I keep my highlighters and a post-it pad in.
- Todoist- I found Todoist from Kellie Sheridan, author of Hitcherhiker's Strain Series and co-founder of Patchwork Press, and I am pretty sure everyone at Patchwork Press is obsessed. It is an online todolist and saves a lot of paper from my listing obsession. Basically you put what you have to do everyday, every week, or just once and you check it off when it is done. You can see your productivity in a graph. I have the free version which is still awesome. Also you can share projects with people so they can check off stuff and you can micromanage other people. It is really great for school, blog, and my internship. I highly recommend this site. You can see what the site looks like here:
How do you keep organized? What are your favorite sites? I am always looking for news ways to stay organized and not loose my mind. I would love to know if you decide to implement any of my organizational tips!