School Prep Preview: getting organized

So, I’ve been thinking a lot about organization systems, because this is what I do when I have too much time on my hands. We’re at the two week countdown to the first day of school. Orientation is this coming Friday. I’m all registered for classes, I even bought an iPad (more on that in another post). There’s just a few odds and ends that need taking care of…and of course, I’ve made lists of these items.

I loooove making lists. In fact, I would say I excel at them. I can’t always say I’m successful at actually getting all the stuff done, but I do find that making lists is a helpful strategy for me–it helps me break things down into smaller, more manageable tasks. So you can imagine my pleasure when a friend passed on this little gem to me: it’s a site called Workflowy. It’s super easy to use. It’s essentially nesting lists that you can toggle on or off at each level. You can mark items as complete and hide them without deleting them (which I like a lot). You can tag things and search by tag. On my MacBook Air I just open it in a browser window, on my iPad, there’s an app.

Workflowy

I’ve set up three main categories: School, Personal, and House. I imagine that once classes get going, it will be a helpful tool for me to keep track of assignments for each class. I can tag the high priority ones and search by tags. I like that I can expand or minimize lists and sublists individually. The one flaw of this is that for me, out of sight is often out of mind–that is, if it’s not written down in front of me, I won’t remember. But I’ve never been satisfied with the planners out there, either. I use Google Calendar to synch calendars with my partner, so I’m already online for much of my scheduling needs. It just makes sense to move more of my lists online as well.

We’ll see how it works out. I do sometimes find making a daily to do list helpful as well, one that’s written down that I tuck in a folder or binder and carry with me all the time. But as I move more into the digital world (ie, the aforementioned iPad), I’m wanting to scope out the new apps available to help keep things organized.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing some more posts about my pre-school prep–not just the logistics (although there’s more of that), but also what I’m doing to process this huge transition back to school full-time, to become a midwife. Honestly, it takes my breath away to even write those words. It’s starting to feel more real, more tangible, but at the same time, there’s that voice in the back of my head that says, “What?! Are you freaking kidding me?! This is happening for real?!”

Yes.

Yes.

Yes.

Stay tuned.

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