I haven’t shared with you guys how much of a #mess I am lately!

Remember, spilling wine on myself?

The picture is of my calendar. Yes, believe it or not, there is one in all that mess.

Well, the #mess I am sharing this time is that I am an organized mess!

(I will be sharing tips for an amazing online calendar later in the post)

There is a calendar (that I hate) among the millions of to-do lists.

This one reminds me of what I used in high school. But I bought it in a pinch.

I use my gorgeous padfolio and add a calendar and steno pad.

There has to be a better way- this is just too junky for me!

I know that many have converted to digital calendars, but I just cannot give up my paper one.

There’s just something about writing it all down.

I do have requirements though. 

I have to have a binder type- I need to be able to add/ remove papers.

It needs to have monthly and weekly views.

I need other sections that I can customize to my needs. (to-do/ household/ projects/ business, etc- although I can compromise on this because I could add pages. It would be nice to already have though)

I need a section for business cards.

Does anyone use a calendar that includes these features? Is there one out there? I have been searching, but I don’t feel like any are really what I need. It is so hard for a busy lady to find a calendar that meets the demands of her busy life.

One of my favorite online tools is a calendar!

I love Google Calendar.

I know it seems kind of hypocritical, but I love the Google Calendar. I have used it for years. Don’t be confused though, because I do not depend on it to organize my life. I use it a little differently than some. When I was a manager, I developed an amazing way of coordinating with the other manager as well as the owner of the store.

Google calendar saved the day on many occasions for us!

This is my google calendar for June. In June, I am planning tour dates for a book, my birthday, anniversary, my brothers wedding, and all the stuff that happens in June. I don’t know about you, but my June is ALWAYS busy. I haven’t even started scheduling things, yet it is filling up fast.

In this instance, I will be using it to coordinate with my Mother and brother for her book and his wedding. This allows me to know what I need to do ahead of time, when I will have time to work, and when I will be unavailable. Because I can allow them to see this calendar and edit it, they can add the things that I need to be aware of so I can enter it into my own paper calendar. It also saves time because we don’t have to wait until we can all be on the phone at the same time. We can do this in our own time frame. It works wonders when you are scheduling with several different people.

How to share permissions on your Google Calendar. 

1. Log into your Google account and go to your calendar.

2. In the left panel, find the calendar you want to share and click the arrow

3. Click Share this calendar.

4. From here, you can choose to make your calendar public or just share with certain users.

You can also choose to show details or just if you are busy or not.

How Google Calendar can help your business or blog

Coordinate deadlines with clients

Manage projects with multiple people

Use it as an editorial calendar

Coordinate with employees for events

There is an endless supply of uses for this tool.

Keep track of bill due dates

Plan goal milestones

Plan maintenance

Have reminders sent to you (sometimes you simply can’t get enough reminders)

Plan your marketing strategy!

Other uses: track fitness, meal plans, health, birthdays, gift buying.

Read this post for 50 Quick Tips for Google Calendar. 

Even though I LOVE Google Calendar, I still need a paper calendar. Any suggestions? What do you use?

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6 Responses to Organized Mess: Blogging from A to Z

  1. GiGi Rena says:

    I so needed this post…. Or an assistant! Please oh please keep the organizing post coming and maybe one day I will get the hang of it 😀 (well in my dreams at least)

    • Cari says:

      I have one planned for my mobile office this week too! Shoot me a message, and we can work on it- I’m great at organizing, its just finding what works for me now with the family business, mom’s book, the little man, and NighLon (my business, hehe)

  2. Patricia says:

    I love meeting other organizing Goddesses! I haven’t found the most perfect calendar for me either ~ the paper kind… I love using paper. I write notes and prayers and reminders and shopping lists and it is so fun to go back and look at year’s past. This is great info Cari (as usual)!

    • Cari says:

      I am the same way. I have all of my calendars since High School. They are kind of like a diary! I hope you can use Google Calendar to help maintain some of your crazy beautiful life!

  3. Kristin says:

    Please let me know when you find one! I too use Google calendar to keep my hubby and I on the same page and keep certain things organized, but for the daily activities, there’s nothing like pen to paper. I’ve tried every planner/calendar under the sun and haven’t found one that meets my needs yet. I’m thinking about combining printables and making my own to supplement and having it bound at Staples, but that’s a big task!

    • Cari says:

      That is actually what my mother does- but I’m not sure I have the patience for it. I will definitely let you know when I finally find one!

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