How To Create Your Own Life Binder
What Should a Life Binder Contain?
So many have written so much on what is the best way to keep your life in order. Theories range from better time management to better maintenance of one’s health to getting matters of their spirit prioritized. I won’t dispel any of these theories because truth be told, there is merit to each one. Furthermore, I don’t think I’d find a lot of people out there who would disagree with that at all.
So if we’re willing concede that each of these elements play a vital role in helping us organize our life, then wouldn’t it stand to reason that the next question would be: How? Then inevitably, you dip into the life balance quandary. Trying to determine the “sweet spot” if you will for just the right amount of work, the right amount of fun, the right amount of time dedicated to health matters, spirit and the quest is on.
Again, I won’t deny any of that. Finding the holy grail of proper balance in one’s life isn’t easy and I think we’re all on that journey but I do think I may have stumbled onto something along the way that helps significantly in determining what the balance should be or better yet, a way to keep all of those elements straight. I call it a Life Binder.
Life Binders are personal tools that you can cater to your tastes. Some refer to these as household notebooks but in my way of thinking a life binder is far more personal and contains more than just your monthly bills and when you last got the oil changed in your car.
Where household notebooks typically contain general information – a storehouse (if you will) of main numbers and addresses and so forth – a life binder can be taken to a new level. What are the main categories of a person’s life? Health, Spirtual, Finances, Personal Development, Career and Relationships, yes?
This is your starting point. To begin your life binder find a binder you think would best serve your needs. I recommend a three ring binder, one that when open, lies flat on the table allowing you to work within it easily.
Life Binder – Creating Your Sections
Here is what is probably the most fun part of creating your binder
and that is sectioning off the different life categories that you choose to
include in yours. I gave you my sections above. But here is how you could
potentially break things down even further. For instance:
Under the Health Category, you might list all the physicians you see on a normal basis:
Ex: Dr. Parker
Write out what their specialty is and the last time you saw them. Are any appointments coming up? Do you want to include a blank calendar template behind this page and record those appoints? I realize that a great deal of people keep these sorts of appointments in their smart phones (as do I), but recording them on paper sometimes is an excellent way of visually committing to memory what the year looks like.
- You could if you want actually journal a summary of your visit to your physician: what was discussed?
- Medications prescribed?
- Did you start them?
- How did they make you feel? The more you record, the sharper your memory will be and you’ll be that much more help to your doctor, because you can give him/her a clearer picture of how your body is responding to their suggestions/care.
Life Binder – Finances
Here is another one that can be broken down further . Finances cover a lot of territory. Things to consider:
1. Checking Account
4. Credit Card Payments
Depending on how detailed you want to be, you can house a great deal of information. Rather than sticking this in a file folder that continuously gets stuffed but never updated, keeping your statements hole punched and secured in your binder might make you more aware of where your finances stand.
So many of us operate in a digital mode (online banking, budgeting software, etc.) that we run the risk of typing and hitting “submit” causing us to lose the impact of where our money is going.
Your finances section is a great place to house information pertaining to your credit cards. Here is where you can record customer service numbers, a written record of your account numbers and authorization codes. You can also photocopy the cards if you’re more visually inclined. Wonderful to have this as a fallback if your purse or wallet were to (God forbid) go missing or get stolen.
Keep a written tally of debt in numerical order – largest debt to smallest and update your numbers as payments get sent in. Great motivator seeing debt go down!!
Create a tips section on saving money. Any articles you see in a magazine or maybe things you’ve printed from the internet can go in this section and is there to be visited when you’re looking for ways to cut back or cheaper alternatives…..
Your binder is right at your fingertips. Yes this can all be stored in a computer. But the immediacy of flipping to the section you need is a very nice perk for having your records kept in an orderly manner.
Life Binder – The Spirit of Things
Your life binder can be a great organizer for getting your spiritual life into shape. If you attend church, you can keep your bulletins (three hole punched) and jot down prayer requests (remove them when a prayer has been answered). You can also keep your notes from bible study in this section.
1. Create divider sections for Faith, Hope, Perseverance (whatever topic you find relevant)
2. Record favorite bible verses that pertain to each of these.
3. Journal about where you are in your walk of faith. What obstacles have you overcome? What obstacles are you struggling with?
4. Secure anything you’ve printed from the internet (articles that spoke to your heart)
5. Books that have been recommended to you
6. Websites that have enriched you
Life Binders - In Summary
By now, your creative juices should be flowing as to how you can create your own life binder. I think they are so much more than just a household notebook, they house your life! By adding pictures in front of each of your sections or inserting pockets that have different information, you put your unique stamp of ownership on it. The more you make it yours, the more comfortable you’ll become with using it and get more joy out of organizing your life!
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