I have ONE place that is my main spot for my notes, to dos, ideas, what have you. Last year I started to plan daily. Writing the day of the week, the date, the hours in that day, and then I knew what time I realistically had to work with for the day. Whatever I had dumped onto the page could then be prioritized and plugged into the available spaces of free time. Once I completed the task, it was crossed off. Nothing like ticking a box or crossing off an item on my list.
Brings Order to the Chaos
I have an index in my journal so I actually know what page my notes are on, a project idea bubble chart, etc. My thoughts have some sort of order that I can come back to reference when I want to. When it's time to work, I can get to work and not waste time looking for my info. It is awesome.
Bird's Eye View of To Dos
Rarely do things sneak up on me, I put down everything that is happening during the current month and from a high level I know that I really don't have "all month to do X". There is a play date here, wisdom teeth appointment there, movies here, etc. This helps to further prioritize my time and understand what really matters and what can probably be put off until next month or later in the year.
I use a dot journal where I can write out whatever I want and change things up when needed. It is a blank dot grid journal with page numbers. The dots make it easy to draw lines when I want to. This is one of my favorite things because if something isn't working out with the way I am journaling, I can change it. No inked dates, grids, or calendars already printed on the pages. It is literally a blank slate and it is freeing.
There is something about writing things down, pen to paper, that makes it more likely that you will actually do what you set out to do. Having digital references are great, I use Google calendar and Evernote but when I write things down, I tend to accomplish more of what I set out to do.
If you have ever been curious about bullet journaling, I highly recommend you get into it. Here are a few references that talk about the concept further. It's all about baby steps and knowing what works for you and what doesn't.
I list out everything I use for journaling here.
Ryder Carroll, the creator of bullet journaling: How to Bullet Journal
Rachel from That'sChic - Bullet Journal Setup for 2017
Do you bullet journal? What helps you stay organized?
P.S. I have a video course called Conquer Creative Challenges that outlines how to time manage and get organized in a way that will help you stick with and finish creative challenges such as Inktober, The 100 Day Project, etc. Find out more here.