Lately I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants. Well, let me be honest, I’ve pretty much been in seat-of-my-pants mode since Peabody joined the family four years ago, so “lately” is misleading. Up until my second-born arrived, I’d been able to keep this family’s life organized and on-schedule using only my own brain and an appointment card or two tucked into the side pocket of my purse. And even back in my career days, I was never “lost without my daytimer,” or reliant on technology or other people to keep myself, my home or my finances on time and on track. I’ve just always had a head for keeping up with dates and times and routines and lists.
Not so anymore. In the past four years I’ve been perpetually about fifteen minutes behind schedule and I’ve forgotten, missed or shown up on the wrong day for more appointments than I had in my entire life prior to that. I forget to pay bills, I lose important paperwork, I stand up service-providers and neglect to respond to emails. My GymBucks and Kohl’s Cash expire unused and my husband’s fresh shirts spin, forgotten, on the laundry-go-round in the front window of the dry-cleaner’s store-front for many long, dizzying days despite the fact that I drive right past there at least six times a week. And it’s not like I’m just here lying around on the sofa eating Cheez-Its and reading People magazine, y’all. I’m constantly cooking, cleaning, organizing, planning things for the kids, writing, and generally being productive, it’s just that for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m so busy I don’t have time to organize the busy-ness into a framework that keeps all the plates spinning and me under and in control of them.
It’s time to take myself and my schedule in hand and start getting my life back under control. I need something. Some sort of on-line system (I don’t like paper calendars because I lose or forget them or don’t have a pen handy or whatever. There’s always some reason that option fails me.) that functions asa calendar, a planner and an alarm clock. Something I can use for daily, weekly, monthly routines, appointments, trips, reminders, lists, everything, for me and my whole family. It needs to be simple, quick and fool-proof (I’ve been known to accidentally put appointments onto the calendar on my phone on the right day, at the right time, but in the wrong year. For real.) and I would love to have the option of printing things out to give to Al or Bean (and eventually Peabody) when I need to.
And yes! This could certainly be as easy as sitting down and working with the calendar on my computer that syncs easily with my iPhone. But I need something or someone to sit me down and show me how to make it all work together, smoothly and easily - how to maximize efficiency and minimize the time I’d spend working on it. And somehow, I need to force myself to keep it up, keep it current, and obey what it’s telling me. In short, I need lessons and accountability in managing my own schedule. Like a personal assistant, but without the salary.
So tell me. Are you organized and efficient? Do you have your life under control? How do you do it? Tell me, teach me, oh organized ones!
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