Organize + Energize: 5 Reasons to Keep Your Paper Calendar
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Kristin MacRae, GoLocalWorcester Organizing Expert
|Kristin MacRae says to keep paper calendars|
If you are a disorganized person, I want you to really think about if going to a paperless calendar is going to make your life easier. You will need to get organized regardless if you are switching to paperless or not.
Paper is going to be around for a very long time. Just because we are in this digital age doesn’t mean we have to get rid of all paper that flows through our life. Remember, there is still all of the mail that we deal with on a daily basis that isn’t digital.
I’m here to tell you not to give into the pressure of getting rid of your paper calendar.
Here are 5 reasons to keep your paper calendar:
It’s quick and easy. Set your timer and track how long it takes you to add an appointment into your paper calendar vs your electronics.
If you’re a visual person, stay with paper. If you are a visual person, you probably like writing appointments in your calendar and being able to see your weeks ahead planned out for you. This system may work really well for you, why change it?
It helps with planning ahead. It’s so much easier to see the month and year ahead of you when it’s laid out right in front of you. How easy is it for you on your phone or tablet to scroll through the weeks and months?
It works for you. You may find that you tried to switch to a digital calendar and it created more work for you and you weren’t as efficient as you were before. Don’t work with a broken system. If it’s not working for you, switch back to what was working. Don’t give into peer pressure. Your co-workers and friends are telling you going paperless will make your life so much easier. Your systems are working perfectly fine, but you feel the need to jump on the bandwagon. If you are working at your top efficiency level now, why change? Just because the system is working for your friend doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you.
Paper calendars are alive and well. Don’t let anybody tell you they aren’t. You can find them in all shapes and sizes and ones that specifically meet your needs. I’ve created one that is handmade. Check it out here.
Remember, if you’re disorganized and you think a digital calendar will solve all of your problems, you’re wrong. You have to get organized first before you can choose a mode of keeping track of appointments. Do what’s best for you to help you become more efficient and productive.
Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, is an organizing & efficiency expert and owner of Organizing in RI. Kristin teaches her clients that living an organized lifestyle will save them time and money, decrease their stress levels and help them become more efficient and productive. Her articles have been published in local and national magazines. She has also given over 70 presentations throughout the state. Watch Kristin LIVE every Thursday at 3pm here on GoLocal LIVE.
Paper in any form
This was the most challenging space! 91% of people surveyed stated paper was their biggest headache. Just because we are in this digital age, people think paper is going to disappear. As long as we have mail, and paper at work, kid’s school papers, etc., paper is going to be around for a very long time. We need to develop systems to organize and maintain our paper clutter.
To stay on top of an organized closet, you should be emptying your closet twice a year. Switch your closets in the spring and fall. This will force you to take inventory of the contents of the closet. You’ll never know what’s hiding in the back corners of your closet unless you take everything out.
When was the last time you emptied your entire food closet down to bare shelves? I asked this question at my last presentation and not one person could remember. Some said the last time their food pantry was empty was when they first moved in and others stated it had been years. Have garbage bags on hand. In every kitchen I organize, we throw out at least three garbage bags of expired food.
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The garage is an area similar to the basement. The garage tends to be a drop spot for outdoor items and usually there isn’t any organization. Most tend to regret not organizing the garage when they find they can’t park their cars in the garage in the winter months when it’s snowing. Put this project on your to-do list this fall.
Office at work
Most will say they don’t have time to tackle this area, but think about the time you are wasting by not being organized. The office can be challenging for some because you have paper, closet space, desk space and bookshelves. Most get overwhelmed and stressed just thinking about tackling this space. They think it’s easier to function this way than to actually tackle the project.
If your kids are over the age of 6, incorporate them in this process. If you don’t have the skill set to help them get organized, call in a professional to work one-on-one with them. If your kids are craving structure, it’s time for them to get organized.
Another one of those black holes like the basement. You rarely venture into the attic and you continue to toss items in there that don’t have a home. The garage, basement and attic are really challenging areas because you don’t spend much time in them. Think about how you want to function in these spaces. Streamline and maximize this space. This room should have a purpose.
When items are just thrown into this closet without being contained, chaos will ensue. Empty the entire closet, categorize, itemize and then measure the space. Purchase containers to match the space and what you have to hold. It’s all about maximizing space in this closet and being able to put your hand on something without moving five other items out of the way.
This is a tough project even for people who are organized. Memorabilia items and photos are a challenge because as you go through them, you tend to reminisce. Save this for the last project on your list of areas to organize. Once you begin, just focus on tossing and keeping and then reminisce when the decluttering process is completed.