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.
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.
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.
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.
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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