but I do like to know what I am doing tomorrow. And preferably into next week.
When I was married we had the motto "if you never plan anything then
nothing can go wrong". Which in a weird kind of way is true,
(what were we thinking??)
But it doesn't work for me now.. not with four children.
I sometimes have a brain like a sieve and I find if I write it down,
I don't have to have it rattling around in my brain.
All I have to do is remember where I put the list with it on.
For the last five years I have kept a diary, not a diary of what I did,
a thoughts and feelings kind of diary, but a dairy with notes,
important appointments, what's for tea, when things happened,
ideas for the garden, reminders, school dates that kind of thing.
It is very, very handy. It fits in my bag and I pretty much take
it everywhere with me..
Now my Motto is "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail"
(stolen from a poster in the school Charlotte goes to)
And if the diary isn't enough, we have a whiteboard so that everyone can see what's happening this week. It saves having to answer ten times "what's for tea?"
I generally write what's happening Monday to Friday, what meals we will have all week and anything that is important. Sometimes it gets vandalised and you have to check it now and again for rude poems (Jim) or smiley faces (Katie) words inserted where they shouldn't be (Charlotte)...
It's also a good place to put the Council rubbish collection times and a timer, in the hopes of making people move faster in the morning.
Like I say, it is a hope and is yet to be achieved....
The fridge is a good place to put letters, mostly school ones with exam timetables on,
parents evening times and there is a letter there for Jim from his Music teacher telling
him he needs to hand in some overdue homework from last summer.....
I write these into my diary but leave the letters here for the children to see what they have to do in the coming weeks.
These are the time tables for Charlotte, Jim and Sam. In the morning you will usually find them standing there with a rucksack in one hand and stuffing books in it with the other and their faces pressed up against the fridge, reading what books they need for the day.
And if you think I'm not organised enough yet, then there are the lists.List of things to do, lists of bills to pay, lists of things to remember, lists of things to get at the charity shop, list of things to do in the holidays, lists of things to pick up at the shop on the way home, lists of the lists I've got.... haha, only kidding, that's on a spread sheet on the computer...No really, I'm kidding...
(I don't know how to do spread sheets yet, but if I did...)
But that's my job, our lives run better when you know where things are and what's happening tomorrow. If there is a change of plan I can adjust things accordingly. I know if there is spare time, spare money, enough food for a friend to stay for tea. It's all out of my head and written down and that relieves me of the stress of having to remember things, or not forgetting things, which I know is the same, but I don't know which one explains it better.....
And now for something completely different, With my Tesco club card vouchers I had always bought more shopping with them. That week I would do a larger shop than normal and used my vouchers that way. I had read a few blogs where they had exchanged their vouchers for days out tokens and restaurant vouchers as a treat. What a brilliant idea, so I went online and used what vouchers I had left and exchanged it for a Cineworld Adult ticket, It's worth about £8.