Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Day Timers

I get asked often, "How do you manage to get so much done?"

Funny thing is that I don't ever think I've gotten enough done, lol. There's always things on my list that don't get done each day. But I can't imagine what would happen if I didn't plan.

Do you use a day timer?

I do. And mine seems way out of control this week.

However, if I didn't have one I wouldn't get anything done. I'm too spontaneous.

I found that a combination of making appts. for every day and expanding to a to-do list helps me be a higher achiever than if I didn't.

So all my important meetings, weekly schedule, and even phone calls are in my day timer. But if it's more complicated than a one line action, I add each part to a different line on my to-do list.

I easily forget details without that all important list. But I get such satisfaction checking something off. Getting to the end of the day feels better if I see how much I did versus trying to remember it all. Trust me, with 6 kids and 2 businesses, speaking, writing, and everything else-it flies right out of my mind. Then I start to beat myself up over what I didn't do all day long.

The check marks show me what I accomplished. Now I don't feel like I wasted my day.

After a really productive day, I feel absolutely giddy! And sometimes, I sneak away for a matinee or a latte' in my favorite hiding spot while I do a little writing.

So I'd love to hear how you keep yourself on track and how you reward yourself for a productive day?

PS Please visit me over at God Uses Broken Vessels :-)


  1. I was just talking about you to my friend Karen. Telling her all you are involved in etc....I can see where the day-timer would keep you sane. I'm the same way about writing stuff down. Never really thought to check it off. That does sound satisfying.
    Now I have to tell you when I saw what you did after a satisfying day, I first read matinee as martini!! Don't ask me why, but I thought---I didn't know Ang drank martinis. But alas, it is matinee...and that sounds JUST like yes, all is still right with the universe.

  2. ROFLOL! I do occasionally have a small glass of sweet, German white wine. But not often ;-) I think that tilts the universe enough :-D

    You always make me grin really big, Lindi.

  3. Angie,
    I had a daytimer, but it was when I had LITTLE to do!

    Now I have ALOT going on and I think it's a good time to break it out.

    I do write lists. Usually at home to get things done and I do cross them off.

    I tend to reward myself for just making it through the day. IT would be even more special if the reward came after some other, more positive kind of accomplishment. I'm sure that mocha frappachino would taste even better after a list of chores or work completed!