Last October, I flew to Minneapolis to speak at a Spanish moms conference.  I had a layover in Detroit on my way to Minnesota.  Just as I was getting ready to board my connecting flight, I realized that I didn’t have my notebook.  This is my “brains in a binder” as Karen Ehman, author of The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized calls it.

I was absolutely lost…and heartbroken.  This little notebook is how I keep my life straight. I keep my calendar on my smartphone, but I’m still a paper girl for most everything else. My notebook is home for my to do list, my notes from phone conversations and Hearts at Home meetings, my thank you notes…20 of them I had written on my way to Detroit!  All gone!

I filed a report with both the airlines and the airport.  But they never found it.

Until yesterday.

That’s right…four months later!  I received a call about 4pm yesterday from the Detroit airport.  They found my notebook!  Where has that thing been for four months?  Oh, if notebooks could talk, I’m sure it would have some stories to tell.

In the meantime, I’m just glad to have my old friend back.

I’m curious…where do you keep your brains? In a binder? On a paper calendar? Smartphone? Outlook? iCal?  What organizational methods do you use for keeping dates straight and your to-do list?  Let’s learn from each other!

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