So what with all this talk of volunteering (willingly and less so) and time obligations and being spread too thin, I thought I would share how I keep track of it all, and frugally to boot.
I have three places where I record information, although two of them are really just duplicates of each other. The two systems that mirror each other are both paper based. One is an agenda that I carry around with me, where I note appointments as I make them, obligations, birthdays and so on. The other is a monthly wall calendar, one of the monthly kind, which hangs just on the inside of the toilet door. (This is the perfect place to post information so that my husband can not say he did not know about something.) When I schedule something I make sure that the information makes it into both calendars. This system comes from my reading Confessions of an Organized Homemaker.
The wall calendar was a present from me to my husband last year. I admit that I gave it to him out of an ulterior motive, but it serves its purpose well. If I remember correctly, it cost about â‚¬12. My agenda cost â‚¬14, which is much more than I usually spend. It covers 18 months however, and I admit that I did splurge a bit on a Moleskin.
This system works brilliantly for appointments and the like but is not the best for obligations and assignments, particularly those that are blog related.
What I use for all my blog-related activity (posts to write, guest posts, entries into carnivals etc) is my Yahoo calendar. I like it because it’s on the desktop, so therefore it’s easy to enter information into the system. if I chose I could even have Yahoo send me alerts. And the very best part is that it’s portable and shareable: I can access it from any calendar and set alerts to be sent to my husband if need be. Not to mention that it’s free- that’s pretty cool too.
You might be wondering what all this has to do with personal finance. Everything and nothing! If you don’t keep track of your obligations, however, you’re not well organized. And being unorganized can cost you money and opportunities. Saving money and taking advantage of opportunities can save you money, and that, well that’s frugal. In my opinion, at least. I have a system that works for me, with much emphasis on the working for me bit. I would love to hear how you organize your time constraints and scheduling issues!
What’s your organizing system? How do you keep track of obligations? And finally, where is your calendar hanging?