Is there a special chart or form that will help me organize my day, so I can stay on task? I am not a high-tech person and don't like setting up my day on a smartphone. I like to have all my to-dos in front of me.
by Eric Tivers
Low-tech tools, such as a paper planner, sticky notes, and a to-do list might be what you need. They are visual, tactile, and allow you to move things around as your schedule changes. Try using the Super Sticky Easel Pad, made by Post-It. Set up the big pages (25 x 30 inches) like an appointment book planner, in 15-minute increments, starting with the time you wake up. This will be your template. Use two or three of these big sticky notes to represent your day. Place your day's tasks and events on smaller-sized sticky notes. A 3 x 5–inch note can represent 15 minutes; a 4 x 6 can be 30 minutes.
Get creative with it. If you need to leave your workspace and can't take the easel with you, take a picture of it with your phone, and save it as your wallpaper. Every time you look at your phone, you will see your blueprint for the day.
Eric Tivers, LCSW, is a coach based in Volo, Illinois.