Tips and Tricks on How to Stay Organized: Using a Personal Calendar

Scenario: It’s the end of the day and you’re beyond ready to go to bed. As you begin to drift into a dream, you suddenly think,  “When is the utility bill due?” In a panic, you stumble out of bed to look at your calendar. Only problem is: it’s not there! You crawl around the house to open unread mail and scramble through unused drawers to find the utility bill. Disappointed and exhausted, you give up and decide to continue the search the next day. When you arrive at work, you finally find the bill… In your purse. Why was it there? And how can you avoid this situation in the future?

Procrastination is a huge factor in being disorganized! You say you’re going to open letters, put things away and file bills, but you never get around to it. The trick is simple: Conquer procrastination! 

The key to being organized is to keep a habitual routine. Every morning when the mailman comes, I collect my mail and open it right away. I shred the mail I will not need and put all bills in one pile. It’s good to know where all your bills are when you need it, so it’s highly beneficial to put them all in the same place.

I personally keep a daily calendar to record things to remember, such as doctor appointments and work schedules. What helps me remember what bills are due and when, is to mark the date on the monthly calendar sheet with a short description (Example: June 15: Rent). Then, on each weekly sheet, I staple the bill due on that week.

Now, you can’t put in all that work to maintain an organized calendar if you don’t ever check it besides when you get bills in the mail! Make it a habit to check your calendar daily. I take mine with me almost everywhere, which may be unnecessary; but if I go to the doctors and they want to schedule a follow-up, it’s helpful to know right off the bat exactly when I’m free.

Using a personal calendar has been a huge help for me to stay organized! I highly suggest getting one if you have trouble remembering when bills need to be paid.

Always remember: It did not take one day to become disorganized. Therefore, it will take determination on a daily basis to get and stay organized.

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