Giveaway :: Sarah Pinto

Wednesday, July 10, 2013



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I will admit something freely to you, friends. I am a chronic over-organizer. I have a digital calendar, a monthly calendar hanging in the kitchen cabinet, and a daily notebook full of to do lists and reminders and appointments. If something is not written down, it will not get done. I do not miss appointments, forget play dates, or double book myself (well, okay, I don’t mean to) simply because I keep track. I have been this way my whole life. But it is something I think works to my advantage. See, I married someone who does not keep track. (His email inbox is enough to give me hives.) I am on a constant search for the perfect planner. See, the digital calendar is great and all but I need something tangible. Something I can turn pages with.

Sarah Pinto is a find that I have been so excited to share with you. I am of the mindset that I am not the only person who gets overwhelmingly excited about good organization. I know that I am not the only one of us who becomes giddy at the site of a well designed planner. Sarah Pinto is a mother of two young ones with a busy schedule and life to keep track of. She noticed that she wasn’t able to find a simple and stylish planner that she could take with her to help her busy life stay organized, so she designed one herself. And her take charge attitude has supplied the rest of us with exactly the tools we need. These planners are perfectly suited to the modern person who wants a more tangible, visual way to stay organized. Like me. And, I’m assuming, like the rest of you.

Sarah Pinto is giving away two planners to two lucky winners (one each) in winners’ choice of style! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, July 17th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Visit Sarah Pinto and tell us: Tell us how you organize your time. Is there a secret you can share that makes managing your time easier?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, July 22nd, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    rachel says:

    I make to-do lists. I couldn’t live without them…and I’d forget everything!

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    Maureen says:

    I will write on a monthly calender those things that need to be done that month. I will then put the to do in a week by week agenda.

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    Jennifer says:

    If there’s a secret to managing your time, I hope you tell it to me! I own my own business, so time is something I never have enough of. All the work seems to get done, but it’s that stuff at home that falls by the wayside. I’ve been in my house for a year and a half, and I still have boxes that need to be unpacked! I have a couple of ‘rules,’ though, that keep me from getting overwhelmed. (Both of these rules come from Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project.) The first is to immediately finish any task that can be done in less than a minute. I get so many little things out of the way just by following this rule! The second is to allot 15 minutes per day to any large task. This helps me feel like I’m making progress and accomplishing something, without tackling the whole project at once.

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    Brittany K says:

    I use my phone! i have a list of reminders for everything from what i need to get done at work, what i need to do at home, what groceries and products i need and even who i need to catch up with! i LOVE organization : )

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i make lists for everything. old school pen and paper lists, so i can quickly check things off as i complete them. if i did this via a badge, i woudl get too distracted by other stuff on said gadget. 

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’m a single mom doing a Ph.D, so time management is pretty much life.  That is, I don’t have TIME to manage my time, but literally every second counts in my life.  On of the things I’ve really had to learn about time management is what ORDER to do things in.  What gives me energy and what drains me.  The internet (for example) is a very dangerous, very draining thing.  There are a few things I can do – Stephen Colbert, Bright Side Project, etc. that are uplifting for me and give me energy!  So, I just have to be intentional about my recreational time – I think about how it all fits together with my life.  Everything is connected, I believe!

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    Lindsay V. says:

    Ummm…. I don’t?  Which is why I probably need this planner more than anyone.

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    Courtney J says:

    Oh man! This is something I’m always trying to improve on…Being a teacher, I normally work within the constraints of a class period (which can makes things easier if I replicate that when I’m not working). I like to use to-do lists (it feels good crossing off the task). Since it’s summer and I don’t have work, I’ve been using my iPad timer to give myself 1-2 hour time periods to complete a task at home (like cleaning, sorting papers, internet stuff). It’s also helpful if you schedule breaks between tasks, like quickly eating a snack, walking outside to get the mail, or getting a quick drink. I notice that if you try to check e-mail or watch TV during your break, you’re more likely to get off-task and end up wasting 15-30 minutes instead of a 5-10 minute break. It’s also helpful to listen to music or Podcasts (I have several favorites) when I’m making art because it helps me focus and I end up working during those 30 minute Podcasts.

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    Adele says:

    My “secret” is to duplicate. I have to have all appointments in my physical planner and my iPhone. Sure, it can be annoying to keep up with both but it ensures I don’t miss anything!

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    Hedy says:

    I’m completely OCD when it comes to tasks and things I have to do. Sometimes I don’t even know where to begin unless I write a To-Do list first. I’m meticulous about keeping a calendar and frequently jot down random notes on the fly when I’m running around. Nevertheless, it still feels like my To-Do list never gets any shorter!

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    Jac says:

    My time is pretty organized for me by class and my daughter’s schedule but before I go to bed each night I always run through my head what the next day will look like. This way I can figure out where I have free time to get projects/errands/relaxation accomplished. My time secret is just do it. Or don’t put off tomorrow what can be accomplished today. I find that if I give into procrastination it makes completing the task 100x harder.

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    Nikki says:

    I keep a little notebook in my purse with a running list of errands, household needs, clothes, groceries from different stores, so I always know what I have and what I need.  My iphone is very handy but nothing is as good as writing it down and being able to flip it open.  My notebook has room measurements, knob sizes, the name of my mother’s china pattern, shoe sizes, ammo gauge (we live on a working farm way out in the country), oil brands for the motorcycles, book titles, and a dream list for the thrift store.  This all makes my time more efficient when I am going out to run errands and I don’t waste time at the grocery store or wondering which boy needs a pair of shorts or socks.  I use a calendar (with a pen hanging off the nail right with it) to keep track of appts and events, school schedules and sports’ practices.  Invitations and permission slips hang right next to the calendar in order and everything is crossed off, filed, recycled, or thrown away as soon as it is taken care of, used up, or outdated.  

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    Erika W. says:

    I keep a planner (which runs out at the end of this month so this would be awesome to win) and I also keep everything in my cellphone calendar too. I mainly need it to keep my husband’s schedule straight because they change shifts every 28 days and he has other work related things he has to attend. I think I know his schedule better than he does!

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    Lizzy says:

    I have a planner now which I am finding is too bulky to use the way I really want to and lots of lists.

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    Angie L. says:

    I stay organized by writing down everything I need to remember and constantly updating my planner!

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    Gali says:

    I use Evernote for everything. It keeps my day organised (thank you to-do lists and reminders), it keeps my thoughts organised, it keeps my research organised.

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    Emma L says:

    I trust Outlook to remember appointments, and make daily to-do lists… And make sure to sleep enough. Weirdly, the sleeping is the most important part!

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    Aimee H. says:

    I really need to work on my organizational skills!! I am pretty good at keeping written checklists for everything though but I’d like to be able to keep a planner and be better at keeping track of my appointments. 

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    Jasanna Czellar says:

    Lists! Whenever I think of something, I write it down!

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    Sydney says:

    So.many.different.colored.pens. Lots of paper, lots of colors, lots of redo’s. Cheers to spending time attempting to organize time!

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    sam says:

    A large wall calendar. Post-It notes and different colored Sharpies for each family member help to keep me organized!

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I always set time limits….so if I start a cleaning project or anything – I mark the time and set a goal to be done. really helps me stay on target.

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    jane says:

    ahhh i really need a planner!

    i find the best way is to set deadlines for everything i do, so i really have to force myself to meet those deadlines!

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    Jenni says:

    I like to make myself goals. Thinking of things as deadlines has a negative connotation to me, so I set goals. For example, I want to make sure and go to the gym 4x each week, so my goal is to finish by 7:30. As long as I know what time I want to be done by, I can go at anytime after I get off work. If I finish by 6:30 or 7 and beat my goal, it’s even better! I also love focusing on the time I plan to be done, rather than when i’m scheduled to start something because it feels more positive to complete things than it does to start them. 🙂

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    Emily B says:

    I’m the mom of two insane little boys, so my challenge is to fill their days with meaningful activities as well as get my laundry list done. So, I manage our days in 30 minute segments, alternating between activities for them and tasks I want and need to get done. Which means I have to write them out and get organized!

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    Regan says:

    I’m definitely a list-maker like the other people who’ve commented here, but my challenge managing my time isn’t really related to daily tasks but, rather, to getting my academic work done. I recently finished my PhD, and I did so through a combination of external accountability (to my boyfriend, my parents, etc) and a fantastic app that uses the “Pomodoro” method of time management. This method requires you to do 20 minutes of uninterrupted work, followed by a strictly enforced 5 minute break in between. After 3 pomodori, you receive a 30 minute break. This was such a lifesaver for me because I tend to have a tough time breaking down my goals into smaller, more manageable pieces.

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    cindy says:

    Once I deal with any item in my email inbox, I file it right away so that the only things in my inbox are things I need to attend to. It makes things seem less overwhelming. Oh yeah- and I have been known to email myself to-do’s in the middle of the night from my phone to make sure I wake up to the reminder in my in box 🙂

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    Tiffany says:

    I am also a chronic over-organizer. I love having calendars and lists all around me. I used to attempt to organize down to the hour, I thought I’d be able to fit in more this way. The result? I always had tons I didn’t get to or I was re-organizing my day. So I simplified things and have been much happier since. I will only make one Social engagement/commitment a day and only 3 accomplishment/chore/goals a day. Anymore than that and I find myself scrambling. This new method has kept me more focused. I also think my friends appreciate me not being flakey or late anymore.