I enjoy keeping things organized so it's no surprise to anyone (more specifically Kayla and Jason) when I suggested a few tips. Kayla wasn't too interested, so I more or less got her organized by myself and hoped she liked the outcome. She hasn't complained yet and I'm calling that a win!
To start getting more organized with your sheets, I suggest using a folder or if you're a spell caster to use a small half-inch to an inch binder. I had printed out all the spells Kayla needed as a Druid, separating them by cantrip, level, and circle spells. This gave her an easier time finding those spells and their description, rather than having to open the book and find it. To those who are lucky enough to have spell cards, use those collectible card sheets! And to the rest, use the clear protected sheets. Dry erase markers work wonders on these sheets! Use them to mark damage, arrow loss, and to write down new items before placing them on the actual paper.
Back to spells and having them printed out. We all know that in D&D (and a few other RPGs) a spell caster will have a Spell Casting Ability, Spell Save DC, Spell Attack bonus, and with each level they get an amount of spell slots and memorized spells. Rather than using the sheet given with the character sheet for spells, I printed out the information, save for the actual numbers because those change when you get into a higher level. At the top of the page of spells, using a pen I draw out the amount of slots the player has in small circles. So when a slot has been used it can be colored in. With the spell name and description, I do the same thing, but with the blank circle or checklist bullet points. I've included a photo to make things easier.
The next thing is something everyone knows, or at least should know. Keep a journal! It is very important to keep track of what is going on. For example, it's a very good idea to know the name of the town you are currently in or maybe the name of that NPC you're trying to find. The journal doesn't have to be pretty. All it needs is for you, the player, to write down information so you can always go back to it if you need to. Color coding can make sure your character doesn't know something only the player(s) and possibly only one other character knows. A black pen or just pencil could be character knowledge and a red pen could be used as player knowledge. This keeps the game from getting meta real fast.
The last thing I have is very much optional. Put tabs in your Player's Guide, if you have one. I've placed only a few tabs in my own. I placed them at Race, Class, and at Kayla's list of spells. This is just so I can go back to our Race/Class and see the description of a trait that I have and put it forth to the Game Master.
These are just a few ways that I organize my sheets and I know these aren't for everyone. What are the ways that you keep organized? Do you do it the same? I would love to know how you keep organized!
Stop by tomorrow for Keeping Organized as a GM!