Getting Organised in 2019

In general, I like to think I’ve got my sh*t together. I tend to remember important details and where I had to be. Or at least I used to….. and then I had kids.

Over the last 3 years I have found my brain (and memory!) going to mush. The post pregnancy baby brain is a real issue and there are some days where I can barely remember the kids names, never mind who has to be where at what time. Piglet is now at nursery, my business is growing, JJ has appointments and I have to keep track of hospital visits for my diabetes. Toss in 8 birthdays for nieces and nephews, and scraping the barrel for the remnants of my own social life and I’m not sure which was is up anymore!

I’ve finally admitted I need to do something about remembering what is going on, and so I’ve hit the ground running.

Getting Organised in 2019 | Danilo Harry Potter Gift Set

I’ve started out with the basics. This Harry Potter collectors box set from Danilo comes with a diary, pen and wall calendar, all in the iconic Potter designs. I have been a Harry Potter geek since I was a child, so I had to get my hands on this set. The diary is a standard week over 2 days format, and is small enough to fit in my handbag. Although it doesn’t have the full functionality of a planner (more on that later) it is perfect for checking dates on the go.

Getting Organised in 2019 | Bic Pen

JHogg and I have used wall calendars for years, but with 4 of us in the house it can now be a little hard to keep track of all the notes we make in them. I am teaming the Harry Potter calendar with a BIC 4 Colours Design and Shine Ball Pen. I can leave just one pen by the calendar, but each persons notes can be written in a different colour. JHogg has already got his eye on it because he “needs” it for work, but at least at £3.99 I don’t have to worry if he does eventually swipe it because I can easily get another.

In 2018 I decided to branch out from blogging as a full time job and now I also work as a virtual assistant. I have a number of clients that I work for, each with different needs and goals. Combine my blog work and all the appointments for myself and the kids (I trust JHogg to organise his own plans and appointments……usually!) and I need something more in depth than a standard diary to keep on top of things.

This year I have a personalised planner from Plum Paper. They come in a range of sizes and you can make it exactly how you want. Of course having  your name and an motivational quote on the front of a planner is great – but the real magic comes inside.

Getting Organised in 2019 | Plum Paper Planner

I opted for a vertical layout with spaces for my priorities for the day to be listed. You can choose the start month of your planner, and how many months it needs to include. There are a variety of add ons which you can include if you want, such as home and blog, which hold everything you need to get organised each month. There is even the choice of a baby add-on which is set up just like a baby book, meaning you can keep all your important information in one place.

Getting Organised in 2019 | Blogging social tracker

Of course I don’t expect miracles to happen overnight, but I hope that now I’m armed with these tools I stand a fighting chance of getting things organised in 2019.


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Getting Organised In 2019 | Organisation tips for moms | What are you doing to keep your family organised? I have tried out a number of calendars and family planners to see how I can get my business and kids all under control this year

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  1. 19th January 2019 / 12:42 am

    Great giveaway – thanks for sharing

  2. Megan Kinsey
    19th January 2019 / 12:44 am

    I put important dates on my google calendar, like birthdays (set to recur annually) or when vaccinations need updating. That way I’ll always get a notification ahead of the event, and it doesn’t matter if I lose or change diaries as the google calendar will always be accessible 🙂

  3. Anthony Harrington
    19th January 2019 / 1:10 am

    I have a diary that I keep a ton of notes in and I look it at it first thing every morning, I am also knee deep in post-it notes with reminders from my Wife, she has a colour system, yellow 1st reminder, green 2nd reminder and a final reminder comes on a red post-it note!

  4. Solange
    19th January 2019 / 3:15 am

    I use notes, lists and a diary.

  5. Tracy Nixon
    19th January 2019 / 6:26 am

    Have a planner at hand or filofax.

  6. 19th January 2019 / 9:38 am

    I use a planner every day. We call it the oracle!

  7. Susan Willshee
    19th January 2019 / 1:52 pm

    Since being diagnosed with epilepsy last year I have absolutely no memory at all. As an example – I received a letter from the hospital this morning inviting me to the glaucoma clinic….and I’d forgotten I had glaucoma!! So I have to literally be reminded of everything.
    I use Alexa to remind me to take medicines, go to visit people I’ve promised to see, keep appointments, etc.

  8. Paula Phillips
    19th January 2019 / 3:57 pm

    I use a diary, a white board, a calendar and reminders on my phone. I keep notes and write everything down.

  9. Helen Tovell
    19th January 2019 / 6:00 pm

    Using a calendar, diary and post it notes

  10. Justine Meyer
    19th January 2019 / 7:48 pm

    I have diaries, calendars and lots of lists

  11. 20th January 2019 / 12:06 am

    Post it notes, I have some upstairs and downstairs, great for remembering swimming kit on a Tuesday!

  12. Rich Tyler
    20th January 2019 / 12:30 am

    My wife normally lol

  13. Emma Salter
    20th January 2019 / 11:11 am

    I have a diary that has two pages per week one for work and one for home. I make constant lists to keep me organised.

  14. Helen S
    20th January 2019 / 4:36 pm

    A calendar hung on my kitchen wall; it has all the children’s activities, birthdays and other family events, gatherings, activities on it. With 2 children it does fill up and I’ve been known to stable bits of paper to the bottom of pages, particularly December’s and lots of arrows as I haven’t got enough space. Wouldn’t be without it but I think I might need to get another one, one for the children and one for the rest.

  15. Claire Nutman
    20th January 2019 / 5:04 pm

    Storage boxes, you can get them is such lovely fabrics and colours these day, and of course, a great family organsier to write everything down….

  16. cheryl hadfield
    21st January 2019 / 11:35 pm

    I find making lists makes me feel more organised and more productive too as I feel so much better when I can tick things off as I go along

  17. Karen Barrett
    22nd January 2019 / 5:16 pm

    I have a lovely leather notebook and I write everything down

  18. Georgina Prince
    22nd January 2019 / 6:53 pm

    Have a plan of action for each day, if you want to be productive x

  19. Amy Bondoc
    23rd January 2019 / 5:14 am

    i couldnt stay so organised without writing my lists! they are evrrywhere!

  20. kris mc
    23rd January 2019 / 2:12 pm

    A family calander

  21. Kim Neville
    27th January 2019 / 2:54 pm

    I write in my my small diary and have lots of post-it reminders.

  22. Ash R
    1st February 2019 / 9:22 pm

    Using my reminder app on my iphone… and we also have a calendar on our fridge which we write on when we have appointments and things 🙂

  23. Helen Belton
    2nd February 2019 / 10:47 pm

    Lists…lots of lists 😀

  24. Katie Skeoch
    8th February 2019 / 10:24 pm

    Time management is key! Once you sort that out you can be organised in no time

  25. Natalie M
    11th February 2019 / 6:49 pm

    I use my kitchen calendar and also make lists all the time to keep organised.

  26. Sheila Sloan
    18th February 2019 / 6:58 am

    I enter all dates on my calendar on my phone and thanks to the magic of Apple, I canadd information on myMacbook and iPad. I use electronic lists as I don’t go antwhere without my phone!

  27. ellie spider
    19th February 2019 / 1:46 am

    I’m a big list maker, I like to cross things off it makes me feel like I have achieved something

  28. Ro Day
    19th February 2019 / 2:31 pm

    I have a filofax, perfect for putting in all my important dates, keeping important documents in there for the appointments I need and has a space for postits. I also colour code all my things, work, child one, child two, me, dad etc. i highlight them. that way I know if I am needed or not.

  29. Laura Corrall
    19th February 2019 / 2:51 pm

    I’m so unorganised! I do use my google calendar at lot as I can have it linked to all devices, as well as my husbands. So if I forget my husband can remind me!

  30. donna l jones
    19th February 2019 / 4:55 pm

    get everything ready the evening before

  31. Carole Nott
    19th February 2019 / 8:44 pm

    Keep a diary and make plenty of lists

  32. Nicola Shipston
    19th February 2019 / 10:22 pm

    tidy up before you go to bed, make lunch for next day and lay clothes out, if you start the day right the rest of the day will follow

  33. Naila
    20th February 2019 / 7:10 pm

    I keep a dairy to keep note of important dates, and I make sure everything is ready before the day.

  34. Catherine Gregory
    20th February 2019 / 10:15 pm

    Lists and writing another to check nothing missed off the first list

  35. Natalie Crossan
    20th February 2019 / 11:19 pm

    My best tip is – just clear everything out and start again!

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