We're nearing the end of another month which usually gets us thinking of how we schedule things out. There are so many ways to organize your days, weeks and months but we're going to break down some ways we do it here at Benja.
Some of you have heard of this, live by it or have no idea what this could be. For the latter, let us introduce you! Bullet journaling is done on squared/graph pages and if you're a creative or visual person you're really going to love this. You create a different chart per day, per task, per assignment and you create your own key as to how you mark things off.
As you can see above, the real beauty of a bullet journal is it is fully customizable and fully your own. You can have a totally separate journal for work life and personal life or just split one in half and use tabs/bookmark to bounce around in one journal. We will say, once you get into the swing of things, you won't use anything else to track your entire life.
A true classic, what you were forced to use in Junior High and likely through High School, maybe even into College. Most of us were trained on this, so it may be what many of you still use today (if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?). We don't love the agendas that break each day down by hour, mostly because it gives us anxiety to fill it all up. Just the big monthly calendar can sometimes do the trick if it's big enough or if you write small enough. However, we're into the agenda's that give us a monthly page and some room on daily pages as well. So we tend to fill the monthly page with more personal info (birthday's, family gatherings, travel dates, etc) and use the daily pages to fill in our work stuff (meetings, due dates, goals, etc).
Were you reading our first two options thinking, who on earth uses pen and paper anymore? Well, some of us do, but that's potentially ironic as we're a tech startup. So clearly we're attached to our Google Calendars for scheduling meetings and calls, but some people map out their entire day online. Whether you use Apple Calendar, Google Calendar or another app, this is most efficient for a lot of people. I mean, how often are you without your phone (never!), this way you never skip a beat. We've all got iPhones (surprise!), so it's nice to have the freedom to plug in our day as things happen. Get an e-mail from a client, open up Calendar, plug in a call to the client calendar (color coded different of course), invite the client, and boom!
We couldn't leave this one out because there is actually a person on our team who is a definite lover of this method. This is more a method of tacking to-do lists, goals and some "must do by" items. However, we know some people use it for things like "3:15pm meeting with CEO" to stick on their computer each morning. Pros; they're easy to carry around and they're sticky. Cons; don't they always end up in the trash?