Where does the time go?

So, my last post was October, it is now December. The difference for me is my girls dropped their morning sleep, so life is now even busier!

However I stumbled across a new leading light in the world of organisation, the Passion Planner. The brain child of the college graduate in the states Angelia Trinidad.

After a good few goes I now successfully manage my (and my families) diaries electronically, but have taken to scribbling lists and ‘to do’  on A4 sheets, often on a Monday morning to start my week. There is never any connection or path between these sheets and I can feel sometimes like I achieve very little.

Angelia has reintroduced me to the planner. It is not another diary but lists, goals, focuses and reflection. Even a little section ‘Good things that happened this week’.

I started by printing her free trial sheets and using an A4 presentation folder to hold them in. I prefer to work in A5 so I went ahead and treated myself ordering the compact version. It is pricey, but I know I’ll use it and because it forms a journal as well, I can record special moments, particularly from my girls (first tooth etc) and keep them through the years to look back on what we have achieved.

A colleague of mine always buys a good paper diary and sticks mementos in with her appointments, such as concert tickets or invitations enabling her to keep them for prosperity.

Take a look for yourself:

http://www.passionplanner.com/what/

Procrastination

   “The practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones.

Putting off impending tasks to a later time.”

Although I am sure I had heard of the word procrastination before, I only managed to put it into context in my life when I started writing more earnestly two years ago.

I realised, with some surprise, that I procrastinate all the time! Thankfully not to such an extent that it impedes me in my job, but enough, in particular at home. I put off tasks in favour of other, sometimes more pleasurable tasks, sometimes because I felt the task less important, or that it would wait. Yet in reality they were just as important.

Piano practice was the classic one. Homework was possibly easier to do, or I would have received a telling off for not doing it, so it was completed over and above practice. A rational excuse you may think. But ultimately I may have been more able to study music, had I practiced more!

Now I have realised a term for this behaviour, strangely I am far more aware of when it occurs and as such I am much better at task organisation and prioritisation.

We should all consider when we are procrastinating over a task. Just realising changes your organisation. I can now also identify tasks in advance that I know I will procrastinate over, and get straight on with them!

In addition, the word itself is so good!

So think, do you procrastinate? When do you procrastinate?

Holiday packing with young family

After a successful and surprisingly restful couple of holidays (with sunshine!), I feel confident enough to upload my packing lists!

General success all round from the lists. Bath toys were duly packed, but there was no bath in our Dorset cottage! (I never thought to check and the girls are too young really to shower).  After a day or so our intuition lead us to a hardware shop to purchase a large gardening trug.. it worked a treat!

The lists are on my page ‘organisation’. A couple of notes; On the children’s list I have left on brand names of items we use. I thought I may as well share items I have found useful. Cetraben is moisturiser. Nasosal are saline nose drops. I was very grateful we packed these as we all developed colds during the week!

On the general packing list second page, there is also my basics list for self catering. Sometimes I pack these to go with us, sometimes it simply reminds me what we should buy first at the supermarket.

Hope they help!

How to pack efficiently for a holiday (or two!) with young family!

This weeks challenge: Packing for a long weekend in London visiting family followed swiftly (6 days later) by a week in Dorset!

My spare bed is completely covered in the paraphernalia required to somehow ship the four of us including two little girls on holiday..twice!

My way through this jungle, a list. I am, for my sins, a queen list maker. I have for sometime written lists for holidays. A trusty notebook has now been replaced by Evernote. If you have any sort of computer, never mind ipad or smartphone, try it. It’ll sync between all three so when you remember something on the train you add it to the same note/list. When I need I hit print or tick the boxes on the device as I go. (I’ve not got been paid to say that, I really do love it!).

I am however second division as on discussion with my mother in law this morning, I have one holiday list, she has four! Beach, Self-catering, sailing and city break!

I’ve added one, all the girls stuff, so I’m half way there.

If the holidays go well, I shall share my lists. Why reinvent the wheel?