I keep thinking of overhauling my so-called planning and tracking system. Not that it's elaborate or anything. Right now I write down everything on plain white index cards. I have one for my to-do list, one for my grocery list, and, if I'm getting fancy, one to plan my meals for the week. I often have others as well: books to look up at the library, art materials to buy, or birthdays I've forgotten and need to apologize profusely for.
My friend Rachel uses a household notebook to plan and track her life. I tried it a couple years ago, then again a year ago, and I just can't seem to get the hang of it. (The notebook above is my recipe notebook, not a household notebook.) I love the idea of having a designated place to keep track of everything from phone numbers to to-do lists to meal plans and grocery lists, but I haven't been able to keep up with it. I'd like to blame lack of time, but I realize that if used properly, the household notebook idea should help with the time problem. Perhaps its a fundamental organizational problem on my part. Or maybe I just don't care enough. I'm not sure. Also, it's so big and clunky. Maybe if I just find a smaller 3-ring binder…
So anyway, it's 3 x 5 cards for me right now. With periodic household notebook envy.
Just curious, how to do you plan and keep track of all the details of your life?