Partners in Kind : Free September Desktop Calendar + Organization Tips

Free Monthly Desktop Calendar

For a PC : Click on the appropriate resolution below the wallpaper to open the larger version. Right click on the image & choose “Set as Background.”
For a Mac : Click on the appropriate resolution below the wallpaper to open the larger version. Right click on the image and choose “Set as Desktop Background.”

Partners in Kind! Jenn & I are teaming up to put together a joint post for you all every week! This week I designed the above desktop calendar while Jenn is sharing some of her awesome organizational tips! Enjoy!
– Amanda

Hi, my name is Jenn & I’m an obsessive organizer.

I have planners (plural), sticky notes filled with thoughts, ideas, lists of things to-do, I have color-coded charts on one dry erase board, and a list of Kindred posts, giveaways, and sponsors on another one. Let’s not even get started about my love of making tables in Word documents, ok? I’m the type of person that needs to write things down, sketch out ideas, I brainstorm via writing & e-mail more than talking. I like being able to open a planner & see what is happening when, I like being able to reference one of my sticky notes to see what needs to be done. It makes things easier & with how hectic the day-to-day can be, easier is good. We are fans of easier here at Kind Over Matter.

So, with all that in mind, here are a few tips on things I do to keep it all easy:

  • Begin with a good planner & your favorite pen. I always splurge just a bit on planners because I like things to be pretty, original, eclectic. If I’m going to be using this planner for an entire year, I want it to be something I like to look at. I recently got a Filofax & am completely enamored with it. They come in various sizes, types & colors, and you can order really neat add-ons like multicolored paper, sticky notes, pens, a mirror, a calculator.

    Also, speaking of pretty, original & eclectic, Kelly Rae Roberts will be rolling out a new set of planners soon, so keep your eyes on her site.

    Prefer calendars? Well, keep your eye on Jess Swift! She’s going to be launching a line of calendars shortly — you can pre-order yours next Tuesday & you can bet your bippy I’m going to be all over that!

  • Schedule time with yourself to exclusively work on your project, whether it’s writing blog posts, making crafts, painting, drawing. Set aside time each week or day to focus solely on that — no multi-tasking either! Giving your project your undivided attention will help ensure that details don’t fall through the cracks.
  • Communication is key. It’s really important to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Working on a project with a partner? Get together once a week or once a month, look at them as meetings, write down a list of the things you want to talk about, perhaps in your pretty new planner. Offer suggestions, feedback and creative constructive criticism. Amanda & I do regular phone dates since we don’t live near each other, it’s so nice to have that time to check in, talk about goals & ideas for making Kind Over Matter the best it can be.

– What are you favorite ways to stay organized? Any tips you want to share with your fellow Lovelies?

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