- Get a great planner to help organize your schedule. Put your PDA to good use, try managing your time online with Google Calendar, or go with the tried-and-true -- an old-school day planner. Even a basic, notebook-style planner with plenty of room for you to jot down notes will help you manage your time more efficiently.
- Get your kids in on the act. If you color-code your calendar, even your kids will know which schedule to follow. Member Trudi Evans suggests: "Give up doing everything and be the supervisor. Oversee what everyone is doing and keep the master plan in place." Check out her tips for being an organized parent.
- Get a great tool to organize your stuff. Lara Gallagher calls herself The Lazy Organizer but, really, there doesn’t seem to be anything lazy about her. She makes some great points and has real-life tips on her blog, but we just love her organization bags. They come in several different sizes and are made of sturdy nylon and transparent vinyl, so you can see what you’re keeping inside each one.
- Set up a filing system and keep your papers in order. Pretty file folders can make it nicer to look at, of course, but the trick is to really use your filing system. MaryP says that she and her husband have two filing spots: One for business things and another for household paperwork. "After I do my taxes each year, I move that year's folders into banker's boxes in which I keep my tax stuff for seven years. And then I get to THROW IT OUT." Keeping your paperwork organized can make a big difference when it comes to paying bills and, of course, when tax time rolls around.
- Make a to-do list. Writing out what you need to do each day can go a long way toward helping you actually get it all done.
- Talk to an expert. Professional organizer Christine Rice offers 10 great tips to help you get organized at Organize It Today, but if you need even more, you should subscribe to her free e-zine, Organi-zine, and check out Organizing U, her six-month-long online school.
- Talk to other working moms. Or, rather, read about how they've tackled their own organizational issues. There are plenty of ideas in our articles section!
- Explore your software options. There are plenty of great inexpensive (or free) programs out there to help you keep track of events, of course, but don't forget about the tools that help you organize everything from music to photos and more.
- Cut out the clutter. One of the biggest obstacles to overcome when organizing is cutting back on clutter. Life Organizers offers several clutter-reduction strategies, including tips on how to recognize different kinds of clutter, and how to drastically change the way you accumulate stuff.
- Try a timer. Multitasking doesn’t always work when it comes to keeping yourself organized. Sometimes, you need to be able to focus on a single task in order to really get it out of the way. Using a timer can help. It's amazing how much you can get done if you’re trying to beat the clock!
Want to find a few ways to be more organized? Work It, Mom! members have some great ideas!