I posted about getting organized before so maybe I'm just being obsessive and compulsive. It's a little different now.
Getting organized requires some time but time spent organizing is time spent not enjoying the present moment. Why do I want to be organized?
To have some control of my life but I believe that it's possible to control only about 30% of life. The rest depends on genetics, accidents, my decisions from the past, other people's action, etc. There will always be some anxiety if I dwell on it. But I want to feel secure against complete disorder and confusion. If I'm not prepared something harmful may happen to me.
I don't want to miss out on something because I don't know what's happening. There is a need to ease my fear of not making the most of my life, of being disappointed.
I want to avoid complications and confusion but too much organizing will actually result in more complication and confusion instead of less. Yet in a strange way I find it enjoyable to plan!
Why am I being so obsessive about this?
Is this something good or is it too much?
I believe the most important thing is to find a way that works for you. You can use all or parts of different systems but don't spend all your time learning different to-do applications, make your own.
Here's what I do:
Google Calendar: I use Google Calendar to keep track of monthly and longer items like appointments, birthdays, etc. The nice thing is that you can set up the calendar to send you an email when the date is coming near. I print each month so I can have a paper copy just like a regular calendar.
Link: calendar google - Google Search
It's flexible enough to adjust as you like.
The times are approximate.
I'm not obsessive enough to put down when I should brush my teeth, get dressed...
Don't forget to schedule time to do nothing but relax and enjoy.
There's room for notes and sub-tasks, which break down larger goals into sections. I guess I could use a paper notepad for this but for now I use Wunderlist. Maybe because it looks so good.
It has what will soon be put into a specific time slot. It can also be another reminder, along with the calendar, of what is coming up at a specific time.
It is very important not to pile up a long list of things because they will never be done. They will only make you confused. The point is not what you want to do without a specific time but to put down the time you'll do it. This avoids a growing list of never to be done tasks. Ask yourself WHEN you will do it.
This may not be the best system but for me it seems to work. For now I'll use it this way. I might change to something else someday if I like.