Some people seem to be born with the ability to organize their daily environment. Unfortunately, I am not one those individuals. Even as a child, I was known for losing things, walking around with my shoes untied, and becoming so engrossed in whatever I happened to be doing at any given moment that I lost complete track of time.
Since organization is not something that comes naturally, I have had to work at it. I begin each day with a list. It includes everything I would like to accomplish, with a few added activities if I have the time. Over the years, I have become fond of my lists and recently added a new tool to help me expand my organization skills. This two binder system is designed to make me more aware of how I spend my time when “building my house” and “building His house.”
Each binder includes a spiral notebook, a large yellow envelope, clear plastic sleeves, and folders with pockets.
This binder is used to track the various updates we would like to make to our home and the estimated costs. I use it to keep recipes I am interested in trying along with information on eating better and living a healthier life. I keep my grocery shopping organized by including a shopping list, store ads, and coupons. A calendar allows me to stay on top of any upcoming appointments. This is a great way to maintain articles on various hobbies including gardening, sewing, and baking. I also collect ideas for writing my next book, books I would like to read, and information on business development. It can be used in keeping articles and thoughts on becoming a better home-maker, family member, friend, writer, and business person.
Keeping track of my personal and the church prayer lists has never been easier. Inside the binder I have also placed several small cards, envelopes, return address labels, and stamps, for sending cards to those who are sick or may need a little encouragement. It is a great place to keep phone numbers of local members, for easy access. I collect recipes that can be used for pot-luck Sabbaths or entertaining church members in our home. The binder allows me to keep a list of special needs I may be aware of and ideas on how to fill those needs. It is a great place to collect and organize ideas for this blog. Other uses could include a list of the times and ways that God has intervened in your life. You may want to write down questions or ideas that can be used to enhance your personal Bible study, or a schedule for reading the Bible through in a year. Using this system can help us organize thoughts and activities to enhance our Christian journey and our service to Him and His people.
Each of us will have our own talents and interests. While this system works great for my personality, you might need to make some adjustments and personalize it to gain the most benefit.