Lifehack suggests, “Really organized people are not born organized, they have to cultivate healthy habits which help them to stay organized.”
“So even if you think you are a very disorganized person, you can learn to be organized. From planning things, jotting things down, to ditching the unnecessary and organizing things that matter, you will become an organized person as long as you’re willing to learn and practice.”
Develop habits and routines that promote organization
Start by committing to spend a few minutes every day organizing your life. This includes your stuff, your papers and your activities. If you are a morning person, spend 10 minutes while you drink your favorite cup of coffee and devote it to organization. It will set the tone for the rest of the day. If you are not a morning person, set aside some time in your day. Make it a priority.
Write everything down
Most of us can’t keep all the names of people, the dates of activities and the to-do lists in our heads. Often when we try, we end up in fire-fighting mode simply responding to all the things we forgot. Just the act of putting pen to paper organizes the names, dates and activities in our heads. Unfortunately, then you must keep track of all the pieces of paper. There are entire Etsy sites devoted to helping people create Life Binders as a way of keeping everything written down. This is fantastic except for one thing: I don’t want binders everywhere.
The backbone of any good system of organization is simplicity. To be simple is to be focused. It allows us to know where things should be placed and it allows us to know where things should be found. It allows us to spend very little energy when trying to stay organized.
Use an electronic journal to get organized
CaseKeepers is an electronic journal. It allows you to create journal entries, attach tags, upload documents and photos and add notes. Finding things is a snap by filtering on tags. Reports can be created based on tags and shared with other. In addition, you may choose to directly share your journal entries with a professional such as a therapist, attorney, custody evaluator, medical professional, etc.
So how does this help me? Let me give you some examples of the many ways that CaseKeepers‘ clients use CaseKeepers:
Kids and Education
- Take a picture of each of your child’s art projects. Create an entry, tag it with your child’s name and tag it with Art. No need for boxes of originals.
- Create a journal entry for your child’s IEP, upload the reports, tag it with your child’s name, Education and IEP. Add notes that might include your concerns and a summary of the new plans.
- If you have a special needs child, create a daily journal entry. Use tags to track behaviors, moods, triggers, etc. Keeping a daily checklist and summary for the school, for the doctor or for any of the many professionals involved in your child’s life. The entries will help them understand and help your child better. Such overwhelming evidence and documentation is often critical to obtaining special services for your child.
- Create a journal entry for your child’s band concert, upload the pictures or the video, tag it with your child’s name, Education and Performance.
- Create a journal entry for your child’s Parent Teacher Conference, upload their report card, tag it with your child’s name, Education and Parent Teacher Conference. Add notes to summarize the conference.
Health and Wellness
- Create a journal entry for your doctor’s visit, tag it with your name, Medical Apt and upload any important documents. Add a summary of the visit.
- Create a journal entry for your child’s well-care visit, tag it with your child’s name, Medical Apt, Vaccines and upload any important documents. Add a summary of the visit including what vaccines were given.
- Track your mood, your anxiety and how much you slept with daily popups
- Create a journal entry and record your thoughts, feelings and activities.
- Create journal entries and use it as a gratitude journal.
- Create journal entries and use it for your daily devotion time.
Finanicial and Legal Matters
- Create a journal entry, tag it Will and Trust and upload a copy of your will.
- When divorcing or involved in a custody dispute, creating complete divorce or custody logs is critical. Divorces and Custody battles often turn ugly and complete documentation of EVERYTHING is critical. Read How to Win a Custody Battle for more information on creating journal entries.
- Suppose you were in an automobile accident, create a journal entry, tag it with your name, Auto Accident, upload pictures of the damage to your automobile, upload the police report, doctor’s report. Continue to add journal entries, uploading estimates, describing medical issues, phone calls, etc. That way if you find yourself in a dispute with the other party or the insurance company, you have all the information at your fingertips.
- Create a journal entry, tag it Budget and upload your budget.
- Create a journal entry, tag it Real Estate and upload your lease or mortgage documents. Summarize the terms for easy reference.
- Create journal entries to document household projects such as painting or remodeling. Add a tag with the project name, upload receipts and summarize your activities.
- Create a journal entry and upload an inventory of your household items. Include photos of important or valuable items. Or you might want to take a video as you walk through your house and upload it. Such an inventory is vital if you have a house fire or robbery and need to make an insurance claim,
The power of CaseKeepers is its simplicity
Simply by creating journal entries and tagging them with tags which you define, you have created a simple system for organizing everything. Everything has a home. It is so simple that it becomes easy to develop the habit of staying organized. Once you get started, you can stay organized in just a few minutes a day. Checkout CaseKeepers today.