Organizing the Organization

Organizing the Organization


I’m definitely not the most organized person in the world (shall we talk about the Junk Drawer again?!), but there are certain aspects of my life where I find myself detailing the smallest things I need to do. Or else I can’t sleep. Because the pants that need to be hemmed? The album that needs to be shipped? These things’ll keep me up at two in the morning if I don’t write it down for fear of forgetting. NOW WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH ME?!

I blogged about my List of Things To Do and it’s clear I’m the type of girl who needs to write.things.down. If this isn’t proof I’m my mother’s spawn, I don’t know what is. My mother has post-it notes for her post-it notes…and I’m afraid I picked up her organizational traits. And it drives JD crazy. My desk is like a quilt of tiny neon papers.

I, essentially, had an overall To Do list, then made smaller lists of things I needed to do on a daily basis. It was like organizing my organization…and it really only made sense to me. Then JD surprised me what could be the best gift. Ever.

This weekly calendar post-it pad is from Poketo and gives me space to write what I need. When I’m done with the week, I peel it off and throw it away. Hey, whoever invented this, let’s make out!

I still save my main To Do list (three cheers for hoarding!), but this has cleared my desk and made life easier. Hollllla!

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. Holly -

    I need one of those week post it notes, what a great gift!

      4.10.12 - 2:20 pm

  2. Molly W. -

    Ohh my ocd just got excited!! This calendar is FABULOUS and must come live with me! Thanks for sharing!!!!

      4.10.12 - 2:41 pm

  3. Autumn Lee -

    Giiiirrrrrl! I am the same way!! I have a dry erase board that has the days of the week on it-I put everything on there and then I also write down a daily to do b/c sometimes I don’t finish the day before stuff!! Cheers to us!!

      4.10.12 - 2:42 pm

  4. Emilia Jane -

    Oh my gosh these are perfect! And just what I’ve been looking for πŸ˜€

      4.10.12 - 2:44 pm

  5. Brooke -

    I think we may have been separated at birth when it comes to the to-do lists… I have a full time (usually more than 8-5) job, plus my photography business, and to-do lists are the only way I keep my sanity! The outside of the 8-5 list is broken into what I need to do on my lunch break, and what needs to get done after work.. exhausting, but the joy of crossing things off the list is so worth it!! I might have to pick up one of those post-it pads. A-mazing.

      4.10.12 - 2:53 pm

  6. molly -

    GRRRRL. you need to try "Remember the Milk" – it’s a "to do list" thing – it’s got a website, smartphone app, the whole 9-yards. I LOVE IT. i would forget stuff ALL THE TIME if it weren’t for RTM.

      4.10.12 - 3:27 pm

  7. //Dani -

    Jasmine, you are cute. Fullstop.

      4.10.12 - 3:44 pm

  8. Joe Don Richardson -

    What an amazing idea!!

      4.10.12 - 3:44 pm

  9. Sharma Shari -

    A really neat idea! I was thinking doing that but on a board, dry erase one…

      4.10.12 - 3:45 pm

  10. Kimberly -

    Must. Get. One. Now. I’ll put it on my list….

      4.10.12 - 3:48 pm

  11. nicole chan -

    You should consider!

      4.10.12 - 3:48 pm

  12. Kimberly Murray -

    Oh my goodness! This is too perfect. I love making lists and draw little squares so I can have the satisfaction of checking them off.

      4.10.12 - 3:48 pm

  13. Maddie -!

      4.10.12 - 3:50 pm

  14. Christine Barker -

    Oh my goodness… I just feel in love with that site! Thanks to both of you!!

      4.10.12 - 3:52 pm

  15. LEOLAK -

    Very cool…and what a lovely bunny you drew there! I feel you on forgetting something! Happy Tuesday!!!

      4.10.12 - 3:53 pm

  16. Anne Kelley -

    Love this!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

      4.10.12 - 3:54 pm

  17. Krystle -

    Jasmine, have you tried out I think you would like it! happy organizing πŸ™‚

      4.10.12 - 3:56 pm

  18. Abby Grace -

    I just sent this link to my husband in an email entitled "I MUST HAVE THIS!!!!" It’s so awesome!

      4.10.12 - 3:57 pm

  19. Angi Davis -

    OK – I am SO checking out that Poketo place! Whoa.

      4.10.12 - 3:58 pm

  20. Cory Henry -

    I. Must. Have. Theses. …today.

    Office depot better not disappoint. Idk how much more my poor planner can take. πŸ™‚

      4.10.12 - 4:03 pm

  21. Jenn Harrison -

    Okay. LOVE. For real! Exactly like what I’ve been envisioning in my head! Thank you for sharing that such a product exists!

      4.10.12 - 4:06 pm

  22. Gail -

    BRILLIANT! Tell JD that gift right there? ALMOST as cool as Coldplay tickets! I’ve gots to order me one!

      4.10.12 - 4:08 pm

  23. Cory Henry -

    I. Need. These. …today.

    Office Depot better not dissapoint. I don’t know how much more my poor planner can take. πŸ˜‰


      4.10.12 - 4:11 pm

  24. Johntographer -

    Nice post, but $10 a piece? Yikes! I’ll stick to my Evernote.

      4.10.12 - 4:15 pm

  25. Ashley Martens -

    I think I need this to feed my stationary obsession….. πŸ˜‰

      4.10.12 - 4:20 pm

  26. Darlene -

    Best. Idea. EVER!!!! I gotta get me one of these!

      4.10.12 - 4:20 pm

  27. jana williams -

    love it just bought one thx Jasmine!

      4.10.12 - 4:24 pm

  28. Lisa -

    Oh I am in LOVE. I need need need these. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

      4.10.12 - 4:27 pm

  29. Robin -

    Thanks Jasmine ! I have it on my "to do" list to purchase now. What an awesome gem πŸ™‚

      4.10.12 - 4:32 pm

  30. Rae Jean -

    I love this. However…I’m so weird that I would think I needed the past weeks (just in case of…I don’t know what)….so I would end up with a stack of those. πŸ™‚

      4.10.12 - 4:33 pm

  31. Michelle Bowman -

    Love it !!! I am such a list maker too. I have got to get me some of these !

      4.10.12 - 4:33 pm

  32. Becca Lund -

    OMG I need this! This really has got to be the most perfect thing I have ever seen!

      4.10.12 - 4:33 pm

  33. Rebecca Nash -

    OMG Jasmine – I loved you before but now I see we really are kindred spirits! My first reaction was to go – where can I get one of those! My other half laughs at me regularly especially after coming home from my marketing course with a giant easel board size post it note covered in multi colour post it notes! For the goal setting activity we did some how I was the only one who ran out of post it notes so everyone else donated their leftovers to me! Long live the post it note and the to do list!

    All the best!

      4.10.12 - 4:35 pm

  34. Christy -

    I. NEED. THIS. NOW. Yay JD! I’m going to email this to James in hopes he gets the hint too… πŸ˜‰

      4.10.12 - 4:35 pm

  35. Natalie Tuggle -

    Wow! I need one of these! I’m also the type that MUST writing things down, lest I forget.

      4.10.12 - 4:38 pm

  36. Tara Brown -

    Our desks are definitely twins in the "quilt of tiny neon papers" department. πŸ™‚ Might have to get me one of those nifty notepads! πŸ™‚

      4.10.12 - 4:38 pm

  37. Jillian Tree -

    I’m totally ordering one now! Hopefully this will help me keep organized and plan what I can get done in the week. Funnily enough…my to-do lists look a LOT like yours, but without as many things crossed off πŸ˜‰

      4.10.12 - 4:47 pm

  38. Syl -

    you have NO idea how badly I need this πŸ™‚ Just sent the link to my hubby…thanks!

      4.10.12 - 4:51 pm

  39. Sara MacFarlane -

    Oooo yay! I have been looking for something just like this! Props to JD!

      4.10.12 - 4:55 pm

  40. Shauna -

    I can SO relate. You’re too cute!

      4.10.12 - 5:12 pm

  41. Beth -

    P.E.R.F.E.C.T. !! If I didn’t think you were amazing before, this is enough to give me a girl crush. I’ve been making notebooks into this layout for years. I have to find this!

      4.10.12 - 5:26 pm

  42. Andrea Paris -

    I want one!!!

      4.10.12 - 5:46 pm

  43. Kristen -

    OMG I love this. Hey…why is Sunday red??

      4.10.12 - 5:50 pm

  44. Lindsay Gee -

    What’s amazing to me is how many things you have crossed out! hahahah πŸ™‚ I LOVE making lists, but then forget to DO what’s ON them! πŸ™‚

      4.10.12 - 6:00 pm

  45. Krysta -

    I sort of LOVE that note-pad idea. That is neat! But, alas, I already use a planner that works great for me so I don’t need them. But they would work great for meal planning for the week. Maybe I will get some. lol. =)

      4.10.12 - 6:15 pm

  46. MartaV -

    OMG!!! This is amazing! Perfect for me. I can’t wait to order one. Thanks for sharing. Cheers to keeping organized!(and BTW post it notes are for cool people)

      4.10.12 - 7:02 pm

  47. Amy -

    I LOVE it! This post made me smile. Jasmine, having seen your previous To Do lists, are you sure there’s enough room for you! πŸ™‚

      4.10.12 - 7:49 pm

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      4.10.12 - 8:58 pm

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      4.10.12 - 9:02 pm

  50. Kathy -

    OMG, that is the most amazing thing EVER! Your hubby is smart!

      4.10.12 - 9:30 pm

  51. J -

    SWEET! I’m a sucker for notepads, calendars, diaries etc. I NEED this in my life! Hopefully I can get something like this in the UK!

      4.10.12 - 10:12 pm

  52. Elena -

    That is definitely genius seriously! Thanks for sharing!

      4.11.12 - 12:45 am

  53. Karen -

    Oh, this is so clever! I love organizing too. =]

      4.11.12 - 3:53 am

  54. feuza -

    you are definitely the most organized photographer I met and this is pretty cool, thanks for sharing

      4.11.12 - 4:42 am

  55. naomi chokr -

    this is genius! i just purchased 3…one for my office….home office and for my husband! thank you for sharing. i have a notepad for my weekly tasks and daily i use a post it note or 5. love this

      4.11.12 - 4:33 pm


    LOL!! I wonder how many of these they have sold since you posted this? I know i just ordered some, my desk will no longer look like a post it grave yard! Thanks

      4.11.12 - 6:35 pm

  57. Shelly L. -

    Just ordered this! Can not wait for it to arrive as I usually break out a ruler and create the same thing on post it notes! Awesome find JD!

      4.12.12 - 5:30 pm

  58. Wedding Photographer Essex -

    Hi Jasmine, I’m terrible with lists. I have a ‘to do list’ an ‘urgent to do list’ and a ‘do it today or you are in serious trouble’ to do list. I try to keep stuff off the last one but occasionally things creep on there.

      4.15.12 - 7:19 pm

  59. Kristy Dickerson -

    Evernote and you could be best friends! Check it out! I love it!

      4.18.12 - 12:52 am

  60. Angelie Hafzullah -

    In Promise TangemanΒ΄s blog, I learned about teux deux list. It looks like the one you have here, but digital version. The cool stuff is that if you donΒ΄t accomplish them on that set day, it just moves over to the next day. Absolutely love that tool!

      4.19.12 - 6:00 pm

  61. Conny -

    HaHa, I’m just like you!! Thank God I’m not the only one…. πŸ™‚

      4.26.12 - 1:04 pm

  62. Mindy -

    I’m the same way with post its and losing post its and rewriting the same post it. I’m totally getting this!!

      11.27.12 - 5:25 pm

  63. Melissa E Earle -

    I love that you have these lists- you are such a go getter and love that! I need to add that to my list of things to do πŸ˜‰

      11.28.12 - 2:07 am

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