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7/9/19 10:33 P

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@TRAVELBUG12 - Don't be fooled. While using organizational tools and having a to do list, I too struggle with maintaining focus. When I'm being very self-disciplined, but find that I'm struggling to maintain focus. I will set a timer and tell myself that I need to work on whatever task for xx minutes (usually 15-20) before I switch. If something else pops to mind, I'll jot it down, but continue with what I'm working on. I've also had success with breaking tasks down into very manageable chunks that can be easily finished in that same 15-20 minute timeframe. It doesn't always work, but I get really frustrated with myself when there are so many things started and NONE finished. Have a great night!

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7/7/19 11:17 P

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You all are very organized. I don't have a to-do list, but maybe that would help me.I am one of those people who starts working on something, look up and see something else that needs work and then I go to the new item and so I have several "half done" things.
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7/7/19 2:48 A

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My to-do list is on my phone along with my calender. I also have 3 ring binders for every part of my life and they are so helpful because I always know where things are. I also have a desk calendar I can look at with one glance and a daytimer with ALL the details for the week including workouts and what to bring on what days to where! I have a busy life and it all helps!

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7/2/19 10:19 A

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My whole world is on spreadsheets...
I have a calendar tab where I put my schedule and add daily particulars
I have a "points" tab where I apply points to habits I want to maintain and try to rack up as many as I can. (I add my SP points too) Then I buy myself a magazine or something as a reward.
I have a finance tab that I use sort of like a check book but also track my 401k, and savings & stuff.
And then I have miscellaneous tabs to keep track of things I want to do, or buy, or see.

I do like writing with pen on paper a lot but I have pain in my hands when I write so typing is a little easier. But I do miss writing in a journal and drawing.

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7/2/19 10:05 A

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I start with pencil or pen to paper. The kinesthetic aspect helps me.
Stuff I need to access on the go gets added to iOS Notes, sometimes as a photo, sometimes as text.
I use my calendar on the phone and tablet. Plus two app calendars for my work. Occasionally I sync them with a google calendar, but they seem to drop off.

I want a white board to manage my life, even though it will look like a chalkboard in a mathematician’s classroom.

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6/21/19 7:53 P

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I need help with a to do list that isn’t 3 pages long.

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6/9/19 2:00 P

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97 in Sept for my mom
Color notes us great. I have so many things in it. Shopping list for her and for me. Dr info, appts, etc.
In my cell phone I counted over 50 Kaiser phone numbers. That's ridiculous!

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5/24/19 5:34 P

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I use color notes too. My mom will be 96 in September and I have a category for her, too! Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

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5/12/19 8:34 A

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@ANNEMARGAR - I use outlook for my primary calendar for work and we have a personal family google calendar to activities, but I also use the Levenger weekly and daily planning pages to manage my To Do's. On Fridays/Sundays, I lay out the BIG things for the week. Either at the end of my day or first thing in the morning, I fill everything into the daily page.

Hope you find it to be a great tool. Love the flexibility of Levenger Circa!

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5/4/19 10:04 A

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Hi Everyone,
I have been with the group for a little while, but haven't really asked any questions, and now I have one.

Does anyone know of a good app for iPhone 7 (this is my first smart phone), that will help in listing/sorting out things that need to get done. Shopping, cleaning, work etc.

I do have a reminder app on my phone, but I would like one that can cauterize the projects.

I haven't been real organized growing up, and now I'm trying to do better. I look at the clutter I have and it drains any energy I have.

Thanks

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3/3/19 9:38 P

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i had the cozi app on my phone but i did not use it very much and i did not like it when i did use it.
i generally make small lists for the next day or for the weekend. i like the feeling of crossing a completed item off the list. i may use my one note for a spring claning list.that way i can save it and reuse it for other season

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ANNEMARGAR's Photo ANNEMARGAR Posts: 1,865
2/11/19 5:54 P

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Wow - A-New-Chapter! Thank you for sharing your detailed system. I JUST (as in a few clicks ago), purchased the daily pages for my Levenger/Circa Planner. I've been trying to stay online/phone with my system, but there is something about writing things down and having that sheet of paper in front of me all day that helps me stay focused. I also seem to need to plan my day in advance and I thought the daily pages would assist me with that.

Currently I use the Lechturn Bullet Journal - it helps me just put my thoughts down on paper. I organize with the Future view, Monthly view, monthly tracker and then daily journal entries. I just don't always like to have my journal everywhere with me. I will give the Daily page a try and see if that helps me stay focused and on task with my projects/goals/schedule.

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A-NEW-CHAPTER's Photo A-NEW-CHAPTER Posts: 85
2/11/19 5:26 P

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My daily to-do list is a scrap of paper that I leave on the kitchen counter - I write everything I need to do that day - empty the dishwasher, make supper, sweep the floor, call and make an appointment, etc. I always write everything out each day, even the things I do every day because I'll forget something if it's not on the list. At the end of the day the paper gets tossed (or recycled, depending what kind of paper it is) I keep a stack of scrap paper on the top of my desk for this purpose.

For my bigger 'projects' (things like taking courses online or deep cleaning a room or getting ready for an anniversary party) I use two books - one is a 5x8 binder where I can keep any loose papers or paint samples or other documents with dividers for Household, Family, Self, etc - it holds a monthly calendar and weekly note pages for writing down future appointments (it used to be a Franklin Covey planner but I don't buy the paper from FC anymore, I just buy generic pages at Walmart and punch them to fit).

The other book is a 8.5x11 spiral-bound teacher's planner - it has 5 days a week and space for 7 or 8 'subjects' on each 2 page spread. There's an extra column on the right hand side that I use for Sat&Sun. I just write in all the small goals for each project. At the back there are pages that are supposed to be used for attendance but they're great for habit tracking *when I remember to use them.

It may seem redundant to use the teacher planner but I like it better because it gives me more room to write and make a mess in it. The Franklin binder I take a bit more care with and just jot down the bare minimum.

This is the system I keep going back to - I've tried other things but they are always missing something. This works for me. If I need to I can take the Franklin binder with me to doctor's appointments (so I have my medication and test history, for example)

But I'm always looking for something 'better' so I'll likely try some other type of planner/system at some point. emoticon

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TISHTOES's Photo TISHTOES Posts: 7,427
1/13/19 10:43 A

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I use ColorNotes on my android phone.

Several categories... Shop (I keep my shopping list handy)

To do

A category for things to do for my mother (she's 96)

Things to talk about with my husband

Projects and notes for many things. You can use Checklist and check off items done or Text and write whatever.

It's kind of like post-it notes - how could I ever live without them?

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1/6/19 1:31 P

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I use my Franklin Covey planner. I love the way that the time is broken down in 30 minute increments, that helps me to get more done.

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1/5/19 10:51 A

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Great question. I would like to see people ideas.

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1/5/19 7:54 A

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Hey team! Looking to see if anyone has any pointers for organizing a to-do list. Do you use paper & pencil? An online or app tool? Is there a system that you follow - GTD, Franklin Covey, etc? What tips and tricks do you use to stay organized, motivated and successful?

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