System: An established way of doing something; method; procedure; orderliness or methodical planning in one's way of proceeding.
Opposite: Random, unorganized, undirected, inefficient.
Given that you have only one life, you cannot afford to waste any of it!
The time spent on setting up a good time management system will be paid back 100's of times.
Skip this, here only for record's sake.
THE ORIGINAL TIME MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS PAGE
Basic systems that work:
Plannerpads.com - Normally bound, one week view at a time, feeding the weekly list of activities by area, down to the daily things-to-do list and inserting things in time slots. Small space for notes and listing expenses. Transfer undones to the next page for the next week.
Full blown systems:
Franklin-Covey Planning Binder System, with available Plan Plus software for planning and printing and lots of training classes throughout the country. Carry a binder with you to keep organized and/or use a PDA or computer to carry the schedule and pages (i.e. no paper unless you choose to print something). Does pretty good priority ranking, good forms for binder.
Microsoft Outlook - Overkill for alot of people who don't need to network with others via the calendar. Download a free trial version to see how it operates.
My Life Organized - A nice system with "tree outlines" so that you can see the main items and subitems all at once and organize steps for follow up.
The Achieve Planner - Off the list, as it doesn't have multiple device hookup. I use a tree outline system that coordinates automatically with Google Calendar: GQueues.
My adapted system:
OTHER, RELATED PARTS
A "system of organization" is an essential part of good time management, including "capturing" data (thoughts, plans, etc.).
The One Master Notebook
Easy Reference Systems
The Computer Organization Outline
Home Office Numbering System
The Journal (DavidRM) - Handy tree outline for all notes. Also a journal.