Throughout the month of April, My Lifestyle Assistant is going to provide you with your free step by step guide to less stress and feeling in control of your life.
How do you organise your important dates? Traditional calendar or diary? Modern day online scheduling system?
Whatever you choose to keep you on top of what you need to do and when, you need to make sure you do one thing and that is to use what works best for you. There is no right or wrong when it comes to recording important dates and events, what matters is whether it is useful to you and that it works.
To stay efficient with your time and to help you prepare for all events coming up each month, you need something that reminds you in enough time so that things aren't left until the last minute providing you with extra stress.
Personally, I use three different ways to keep on top of things. You might think this could be confusing, but I'm using each method for different types of information and it just works for me!
Firstly I have a family calendar that is up on the wall in the kitchen so I can see it clearly each day when I walk past. It's a constant reminder of the family events, important school related dates for the children, people's birthdays and other things we might be doing as a family at weekends. As I look at it everyday, it means I can prepare anything for those things on the calendar whenever I have a free moment.
Secondly, my husband and I share an online Google Calendar. We add important events linked to our jobs outside of our normal working hours. This way we know whether we can make certain plans during the week day evenings or when we are out and about and need to make plans, then we can check to see if the other one will be at home that evening to look after the children.
Lastly, I have a planner for work. This only contains detailed scheduling for my clients and plans out my working day hour by hour, so that both myself and my clients can see how I have managed my time and the tasks to be completed. I check this every evening and make amendments ready for the next day.
Whether you already do all or possibly none of these options, one of my biggest tips to make sure you stay on top of things and never forget an important event is to make sure you record everything as soon as you find out about it. For example, when the children come home from school with a newsletter that contains important dates, don't just have a read and then put it down or stick it on the fridge to deal with it later. Add all relevant dates to your calendar then and there. After reading the newsletter it means you can then put it in the recycling, which also helps to reduce the paper clutter that can easily mount up