I continue to use paper in addition to a Google calendar. I am very disorganized and over the decades I have tried absolutely every system going. They don’t work. It’s me! I need my own custom system. So, I use an expensive 8”x11” booklet in a leather case. This way I don’t lose it.
At the beginning of each week, I open it up with two blank pages facing me. On the left, I draw a weekly calendar, and then add a few rows for the next weeks coming up. On the right page, I write my “to do” list. In the far column (I have to draw this on the page) I leave room for checkmarks.
When something is done, I draw a line through it. All phone numbers go in the book. Nowhere else. No scraps of paper! In THE book. All telephone conversations go on the left pages, and everything I want to do goes on the right. Yes, it’s messy, but I never lose anything. And, when I close it, everything is contained in a nice leather binder.
It’s my own Journal, Daily planner, to do list, and telephone pad. If an idea comes up, I write it down. No need to try to think about changing something next New Year’s eve, just “do it”. Some weeks have 50 to 60 pages, others have 5.
It’s custom and it works because it’s adaptable to my week. Also, it’s completely private because no one can read my writing. I would go through about 15 booklets per year. It works for me.
Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker