The prompt for this month’s segment of the challenge is ORGANIZE.
I have been that annoying list person all my life. My family can testify to this. I was barely able to spell when I was writing family camping trip lists, taking inventories of the pantry shelves to help my dad go grocery shopping while my mom was away for the military, planning out my week and month ahead on a calendar and to-do list, putting stuff in designated shelves and bins. Next to a book store, my idea of shopping Nirvana was the office and school supply aisle at K-Mart (we didn’t have whole Office Supply stores back then).
This carried through the travails of high school and college and moving around and across country- yep, moving the ultimate challenge to the organizer. And, then there was teaching. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure a teacher invented the bullet journal. Have you seen a well-organized lesson plan book? I did mine with a ruler and colored pens and stickers nearly twenty years ago. And, don’t let anyone tell you that social work is only about the people. I organized the snot out of that job so no one and nothing fell through the cracks (if you have a caseload of 150 clients and owe the government a myriad of reports and record keeping to stay funded, you gotta get organized).
To tie it in to our book world, I made lists galore for books I own, books I want, review books, and I do it in more than one place. I keep it simple and inexpensive. I created an Excel spreadsheet for books I own and then color code it whether the book is read or not and other details I like to track. I keep a list of my reading and review schedule along with other special post commitments on a Google calendar and spread sheet. I track books read, challenges, and a second reading schedule in hard copy with spiral notebooks and a reading journal.
Is this fool proof? Oh heck no, I can forget with the most disorganized of them- just ask Shari.
So, what do you like to keep organized and what do you use to do it? Do Tell!
If you are interested in the details about this challenge hosted by Anna @ HCBS, here is the link: http://theherdpresents.blogspot.com/2017/12/blog-all-about-it-challenge.html
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