How I Organize My Brain

I”m a creative.  That means that my brain is constantly in overdrive, thinking about current projects, future projects, ways to make my blog better, ways to make my home better, {ways to make my house clean itself}…  If you could pop open my head and take a peek inside, it’s a bit scary to think of what that might look like.  So, to keep all those thoughts and ideas in order, I developed a system to Organize My Brain.

How I Organize My Brain  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceI’m a lister.  I have lists for everything – grocery lists, to-do lists (a mile and half long), blog post idea lists, social media lists….you get it.  Lots of lists.

{Did you notice I even listed the lists I have???  It’s a sickness. Dont’ judge me.}

I’m also an avid planner, and it’s no secret that I couldn’t live without my Erin Condren Life Planner.  This baby makes sure I’m where I’m supposed to be, when I’m supposed to be there, doing whatever it is I’m supposed to do.  I live by my planner.

Being a wife and mom and working full-time comes with it’s own set of stresses and tasks to juggle, right?  I had to go and complicate things by becoming a blogger, too.  I’ve tried blog planners…all different kinds, and I’m a sucker for pretty printables.  However, I have finally discovered a system that works for me, and encompasses my blog life and my real life!

MY TOOLS:

1. Erin Condren Life Planner

How I Organize My Brain  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceThis is my third Erin Condren Life Planner.  I can honestly say I have never stuck with the same style of planner for so long, but this one really, truly works for me.  For the longest time, though, I was only using it for my non-blog life.  With this year’s planner, I decided to combine my non-blog life with my blog life into one planner.

And you know what happened?

Magic happened, that’s what.

Let me show you how I set it up:

How I Organize My Brain  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceEvery weekly layout is broken up into three sections that you can use however you like.  Some people use them for morning, afternoon, and evening tasks.  Mine is a bit different.

In the top box for each day, I write anything going on that involves my family – doctor’s appointments, chorus concerts, events, activities, reminders.

In the middle box, I write my blog post for the day.

In the bottom box, I write any to-do’s for the day, whether they are blog-related or not.

You may also notice that I write sideways in my planner. After two planners, I learned that it’s up to me to use it however I need to, and because I write kind of big, I need more space than the daily box allows if I write “normally”, so I write sideways.  It works for me!

I also dig lots of colors.  Color makes me happy.

2. Spiral bound notebook – AKA Massive To-Do List

How I Organize My Brain  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceI’m an owl lover, and I scored this super cute owl notebook a while back at Target.  This, my friends, is my ongoing to-do list!

I have divided my notebook into categories, and each category has it’s own to-do list.  I have categories such as “home”, “blog post ideas”, “blog to-do”, “to buy”, etc.  I even printed off a year-at-a-glance calendar, cut it to size, and taped it inside the front cover for reference.

How I Organize My Brain  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceIf I have something that is only for a limited time, for example, our upcoming Halloween party, I create a tab for that, too.  Once it’s over, I just tear out the page and toss it.

3. Post-it love

Post-it notes rock, don’t they?  I use two different kinds of Post-it’s for two different things.  Let me show you:

How I Organize My Brain  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceIn my Erin Condren Life Planner, I use Post-it Page Markers to tentatively schedule blog posts.  If it’s not a hard and set date, it goes on the Post-it so it can be rescheduled easily if something changes.  It’s also great if I just have an idea for a blog post that may not actually make it to the blog.

Once the post is written and scheduled, I remove the Post-it and write the title of the post in my planner.

How I Organize My Brain  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceIn my  big to-do notebook, I use Post-it tabs to subdivide my to-do list into categories.  They can easily be peeled off and moved to another page if I need to add or remove pages from a section.  I just label them with a Sharpie pen and stick it to the page.  Easy peasy!

4. Small spiral bound notebook – 6×8

How I Organize My Brain  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceFinally, I keep a small spiral bound notebook in my bag at all times to jot down sketches and ideas as they come to me.  It’s in no order, and I have several of these little gems filled to the brim at home.  Sometimes when inspiration strikes, simple words won’t do – I have to draw it.  I just grab this notebook and put my ideas on paper.

How I Organize My Brain  |  Sweet Tea & Saving GraceLater when I’m planning my projects, I can pull out this idea book and make them come to life, then add them to my planner!  I usually keep this small notebook with me at all times, so I can jot down ideas when I’m out and about, keep measurements and colors and ideas close at hand while I’m shopping, etc.

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So there you have it – my brain, organized!  For you bloggers out there possibly wondering, I do have a separate editorial calendar that I use religiously.  It’s a spreadsheet in Google Drive (color-coded, of course) and it’s quite fabulous.  I learned how to set it up when I took Content Brew on Blog Clarity a few months ago.  Well worth it, if you ask me.  I’m happy to write a separate post on how I use it if you would like.

RESOURCES:

Erin Condren Life Planner

Spiral To-Do List Notebook – Similar

Spiral Ideas Notebook – Similar

Post-it Page Markers

Post-it Tabs

Content Brew on Blog Clarity

*Please note, these are affiliate links.  This just means that I get a little incentive if you purchase, but it doesn’t affect the cost of the item at all.

And because I love you, I’ve put together a little “Get Started” kit that I’m giving away to one lucky wannabe-organized reader!

PRIZE PACK CONTAINS:

How I Organize My Brain  |  Sweet Tea & Saving Grace

1. 8.5 x 10.5 spiral notebook (like my “to-do” notebook)
2. 6×8 spiral notebook (like my “ideas” notebook)
3. One pack of Post-it Tabs
4. One pack of Sharpie pens

Good luck!!

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Now it’s your turn:

How do you organize your brain?  What works for you?

MEET KIRSTEN

I'm Kirsten & I'm happy you're here! Sweet Tea & Saving Grace provides a space for women to enjoy encouragement and practical tips for living a more intentional and fulfilling life through Bible study, efficient use of time and space in their home, and finding joy in the simple things in life. Enjoy your time here & be blessed!

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