My love of a diary goes waaaay back. When I started highschool and we were given our own diary I was quite beside myself with it all. The week, laid out, 7 to a page, ready for my best pen and highlighter action. There was a method to the way I wrote my birthdays in it, social occasions, school assignments, and even down to secret symbols for when I got my period. At uni I moved onto a bigger diary, but the same process. I’m a visual person, I need to see and flick through pages, and of course have a look back through the year at what I have done.
Calendars are the same – I need to see one on the wall with birthdays and occasions on it. Tell me a better job at the start of the year then filling out a diary with birthdays in a fresh, new pen. Go on. Try! When I worked I was the same with my diary action, but when I left work, somehow things all turned to shit. I tried to use my calendar on my phone and put alerts and alarms on EVERYTHING. This was problematic because I just didn’t look at it each day to see what I had on. Or the alert would go off and I would miss it. This was not for me. I tried lists, and calendars but they were never with me when I was on the go. Also not working for me.
Currently I am working a 3 point system. It’s a little haphazard and definitely has loopholes, but it’s getting better. I’m missing less.
1. A Daily planner/to do list (purchased from Kikki K)
My friend KP got me onto these. I don’t fill one out every day, but if I am feeling overwhelmed this is a good place to start. Write it down. Get it in order. I split it out from what has to be done today/this week and then create another list down the bottom that is stuff that has to be done, but not right now. I have been known to write something down I have done just so I can cross that bastard off. Makes you feel like you have done SOMETHING. Try it!
2. Wall white board decal calendar (purchased from Simple Shapes)
This has been a great wall calendar for us that we have used for the past 3 years. Just wipe off each month and start again. I would get a bigger one if I could, because the space can be quite small, but I do like to see a month in one shot – especially when it comes to weekends and visitors coming etc.
3. 7 day to a page diary (purchased from local newsagent)
I recently decided that the phone was not enough. I needed to SEE a diary, just like I have known and loved all through the years. And in doing so I have turned into my mother. This is what she has used her ENTIRE mothering career, and it works! I can see the week on a page, I can flick it in and Rob can 100% count on it to be true of what we are doing. I have even started to colour code and bring back a little of the year 8 Beth that still loves a good highlighter.
So tell me, how do YOU do diary?
Are you a visual wall calendar or family planner type person?
Or is electronic the ONLY way to go?