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Chapter 10. A Crash Course in Getting Or... > Setting Up Mission Control - Pg. 105

A Crash Course in Getting Organized 105 Don't feel pressured to keep your appointments, lists, and contacts on your computer or in an electronic gadget just because it seems like the trendy thing to do. Even though these methods are much more than passing fads (we'll probably all be using them someday), there's nothing wrong with sticking to the old-fashioned paper- and-pencil methods if that's what you're more comfortable with. Once you have the place for your mission control, you need to use it. The following sections provide a brief rundown on the three basic parts of mission control: monthly calendar, daily action pages, and to-do lists. Monthly Calendar When I see people who use those little pocket-sized appointment books that show only a couple of days or a week at a time on two facing pages, I don't know how they function. To have a clear sense of the balance in your life, or lack thereof, and to schedule well, you have to have a month-at-a- glance section where you see an entire month on one page (or spread across two facing pages). That way, when someone says, "Can you volunteer at the church two Saturdays this month instead of your usual one Saturday?" you know how to respond. Rather than just looking at the two weeks in which those Saturdays fall and saying yes because you see your calendar is clear those days, you look at the whole month and get a big picture view of how your life will be affected by volunteering two weekends. If you see that the other two weekends (and maybe many of the weekday evenings, too) are jam-packed with commitments, then you know that filling in two more Saturdays is going to put you on overload that month. You'll end up getting behind on household chores and any work that you might've needed to do in the evenings or weekends, not to mention quality time with friends and family and rest.