Time Management

Chaos Oasis

Due to RL concerns, Oasis underwent several revisions and was delayed by almost a year. The final version is a letter sized integrated, streamlined, adaptable Life Managment Center. Rather than hit every hour of each day, Oasis gives you space to plan the things that are important to you. Everyday life is a hectic mix of home, work, family, social obligations, and creative endevors--get Oasis and come in out of the storm.

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Leave conformity behind; decide what you need to track and plan. Suddenly time conforms to your schedule-- that is Oasis.

*Oasis is a perpetual calendar. Enter the starting year, day, and weekly planner start day on the main page. You can start the yearly, monthly, and weekly pages on any day of the week you choose. Traditional Sunday? Go-getter Monday? Wacky Wednesday? Oasis will automatically format the calendars for dates and day titles.

*I punch holes on both the left and right sides of the Monthly and Weekly Pages after printing them front to back. Each week or Month, I insert the Monthly page on the left side of the binder and the weekly page on the right. When the week changes, I just move/flip the pages so that the month is still on the left and the week is still on the right. No more transferring, no more writing on an uncomfortable side of the page. Left handed? Reverse and put the month on the right.

* I find it easiest to keep major appointments on the monthly page.

*The Weekly page has 1 small and 5 large sections per day to track whatever you want. Use them for meals, subjects, social obligations, to do lists, tracking, or anything you can think of. Every week does not have to be the same. One week may be more family focused, another may be more appointment focused. Use morning noon and night headings for a more traditional feel. Track feeding times, or solve writing problems--there is no set category. It prints in 12 week increments, but you can print out as few or as many pages as you need.

*The good behavior chart is gridded for small round stickers (get a book with 1000's at any dollar store.) Adapt the behavior for your child's problem areas. And remember to accentuate the positive! No Don'ts allowed. :)

*I've included a basic lesson planner for home school use. This is very adaptable to homework assignments, ongoing projects, daily chores, medication usage, or other tracking/planning issues.

*Household tab gives a quick integrated list of what needs to happen in each room of your house. Update it for your personal use. It also has a quick tracking reference for recurring schedules and phone numbers.

*Also included is a tab of lined note pages and a tab to track birthdays, address, and phone numbers.

This work is entirely my own. It is my baby and was very labor intensive; please do not sell it in any capacity. You may alter it for your personal use and you may freely redistribute it as long as you give credit.

Cheryl Williams
euphrasyne at yahoo.com

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Microsoft Excel
Language: 
English

Interchangable Goal/ Project Plan (Vertical Planning)

Sheet for more "vertical" project or goal planning . I haven't tried to use it yet, so I don't know where the bugs are, if there are any.

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It's a 2up,front - back document has the "steps" list. Uses Papyrus font. Used the DIY Widget Kit and Inkscape (which is awesome, thanks ygor) to build it.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe Reader, Inkscape, etc... (anything that opens adobe PDFs)
Language: 
English

Running Project Inventory

It's a running project inventory with a place on the right for status updates and a check box on the left for completion.

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It's a running project inventory based off the work of others on the DIY site. I haven't decided what the "Key" might be for the status fields, but I figured it'd be easier to work off of a running inventory for a while before re-consolidating on a new list. You could use letters or symbols to indicate that the project has stalled, is awaiting approval, etc... It's in classic size, 2-up format in PDF, staggered for front/back printing. Play with it when you print it. Anytime I print 2-up PDFs front/back, I screw it up once... well, twice probably... Also, if you're going to edit in Inkscape or something, it's in Papyrus font.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe Reader, Inkscape, etc... (anything that opens adobe PDFs)
Language: 
English

2 pg weekly planner, Classic

Someone posted a DIY version of the Levenger Multi-tasker planner for us. I took that template and modified it to include a menu planner and space for weekly tasks/notes and a task list. I included a line at the top for the daily weather because that usually plays a part in my planning.

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I've left some of my personal weekly check off tasks, and modified the ones I didn't want to share. That whole section can be removed and replaced with more lines for notes. This is an old MS Word file, so it should be easy enough to modify, including putting actual times in the appointment section if you prefer. It uses a lot of tables, the print preview function will show which lines don't actually show up when printing.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
MS Word or Open Office
Language: 
English

July and Aug 2010 Daily Calendar Pages - Letter Size

Daily calendar pages for July and August 2010 with columns for "Priority To Do" and "Want to Do," as well as an "Appointments" column with times (my day starts at 4:45am so the first time row is 4am). There is a small area to write in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and a "Notes for Today" area to put things like "Hubby out of town" or "Jane's Birthday."

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I'm sorry for the wonky margins. OpenOffice Draw (and the consequent pdf that I make from it) is pushing the entire page to the right by one-quarter inch, and I cannot figure out why. So I'm just manually adjusting for it.

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Either Adobe Reader or OpenOffice Draw. I've uploaded both files.
Language: 
English

Time Logging/Tacking Sheet

I was looking for a way to track my time, only by putting x's and made this template.

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On top you note down the tasks or projects you are working on, and you only have to put a x every quarter under the task.

I added the excel sheet also, so you can modify it to suit your needs.

Paper size: 
A4
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Excel
Language: 
English
Dutch

Hipster Calendar

A new spin on an index card sized calendar.

Circle the month across the top and the date along the side.

Card margins are set up so that you can still see the date when you use a "Shirt Pocket Briefcase".

You may need to update the font to whatever works on your computer. I used "Kartika".

Usage advice: 

Circle the month across the top and the date along the side.

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Microsoft Word
Language: 
English

24/7 Work-Life Planner Hipster Version

The 3 x 5 version of this popular planner. 3/8" margins are left for punching for circa users if you wish!

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These are three up and are designed so you use Avery 5388 index card templates or you can simply print and cut them up. I wanted to give you that option.

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe Reader or similar PDF reader
Language: 
English

24/7 Work-Life Planner Hipster Version

This is a template for the 24/7 Work-Life Planner in index card size. I have posted a similar template in Classic Size but shrunk this one so that it fits on two cards (1 card per day printing both sides). I've left a 3/8"+ margin for punches. (I use Circa). The margins are set on the bottom for the top half and the top for the bottom half.

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This template is 3-up and is designed for printing on a template package like Avery 5388 or you can print them on regular paper and cut them to size. 1.75 inches off the left and right margin and and inch off the top and bottom. From there, you can cut them in 3 inch lengths. Be sure to print both sides!

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe Reader or similar PDF reader
Language: 
English