Pause for a moment and look around your office. How organized does it look? Are papers, books and to-do lists strewn about? Or, perhaps your desk and office space are in tip-top shape, but your email inbox is a wreck and you have no idea what your calendar has in store for you this Thursday.
First, breathe. Nothing says you need to be 100 percent organized all of the time. But when you’re ready to declutter your physical and/or digital spaces, re-visit our earlier post on Spring cleaning your practice, and read on for some fantastic organizational tips from fellow registered dietitian nutritionists.
Day Planners and Calendars
Dietitian Jenna Gorham recommends My Day Designer Planner and GSuite – “They are essential! I love the layout of the My Day Designer Planner because it really helps me to prioritize tasks. GSuite is great because you get an email address at your website domain. I love Google Calendar for sharing events and meetings and use Google Sheets daily to keep projects organized.”
Dietitian Alyssa Lavy loves her simple agenda: “I found one last year that I love because it has a monthly calendar, but it also provides a full day for each day of the week so that I have enough room for my to-do list. I usually write out big commitments for the month on the monthly page (seminars, conferences, important meetings, etc.) and then every Sunday I plan my week based on the clients I currently have booked, personal commitments and other work commitments. I add appointments and commitments as I go, but at least I have a general outline. I also pencil in my planned workouts and when I want to post blogs or social media content so I can see where I have pockets of time throughout the week. It’s been a simple fix and such a game changer!” Great tips, Alyssa!
Another fan of paper calendars is dietitian Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, who keeps a paper calendar in her kitchen to write down upcoming travel, news segments she’s doing, and times she will be in her office for appointments. She says, “It helps to visually see it when my family asks about the schedule - and it keeps me from overbooking!”
The Full Focus Planner is suggested by dietitian Penny Wilson. Penny notes that this particular planner has made a huge difference in her business and personal life. And dietitian Darla Moore Warfield suggests a basic, tried and true 'Week at a Glance' agenda, which she creates and refers back to on a regular basis.
Dietitian Wendy Kaplan loves her dry erase board! “I use it mostly to meal plan breakfasts, school lunches and dinners,” she offers. “I’ll use different color markers for each meal. I love it because it helps me stick to mostly healthy foods, vary meals and be accountable to a plan!” Dietitian Gisela Bouvier concurs: “I use mine every work day to keep me focused on the day’s tasks.”
Dietitian Stephanie Van’t Zelfden swears by the magnetic notepad on her refrigerator. “It’s really old school,” she shares, “…but I just tear off a page and use it for shopping lists, meal planning and to-do lists. It's easy for my husband to see and add or remove things, so we're always in sync.”
Dietitian E.A. Stewart recommends Todoist (a desktop and mobile app), Google Calendar, Buy Me a Pie (a grocery list app) and Pinterest. She has a Weekly Meal Plan board that she pins dinner ideas to. Great app suggestions, E.A. – we plan to check them out!
Stacy Jean Ramirez can’t live without the Spending Tracker mobile app, saying, “It's free and super easy to use to keep your finances organized, input your income and purchases, and track expenses. That way I’m not getting lost in checkbooks or online bank statements.”
Lastly, dietitian Amy Plano is another Google Drive fan, because “…anything and everything that I need is stored on the Drive. I also love that you can create shareable folders that multiple people can access. Great if you have a team or work with outside contractors.” Pamela Kikosewin-Holden uses Google Calendar to keep family, work and client appointment calendars flowing seamlessly.
What organizational tools would you add to this list?
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