Having so many children means always feeling like I’ve forgotten something. Usually because I have. I can’t quite believe how fast that October half term came around and already I feel like we’re hurtling towards the Christmas chaos. Four children in four different places means I have a lot to remember. And also an awful lot of paperwork. And emails. And text reminders. Often in duplicate.
I’m sure the school think that these little reminders are helpful but actually I find myself drowning in emails and texts over the silliest of things which just makes me feel even more stressed. For example, Parents’ Evening usually means an email asking you to make an appointment using the schools online system. (Which you do straight away or else you will forget.) But your child then comes home with a letter telling you the exact same thing. (Even though you’ve already had an email confirming your appointment time.) Then over the coming week you get at least a text message a day reminding you to make an appointment. (When you already have.) Oh and then you get the friendly don’t forget that it’s Parents Evening tomorrow email. This stuff drives me insane. It’s just so unnecessary. It makes me feel like I’ve forgotten something even when I absolutely have not.
And then of course on the rare occasion that you think that everything is in hand, some last minute thing will always come along to throw a spanner in the works. You need a Roman emperor costume for tomorrow morning? I swear school think these things up to keep us on our toes. You might not have forgotten to bring in those egg boxes last week but this will catch you out. Bwahaha!
I’ve tried all sorts of diary systems in the past but for me, nothing comes close to a pen and paper. Despite spending my life online I just don’t trust it to organise my diary. Reminders fail. Things that you swore you added can vanish. No sorry for me, only the old fashioned way will do. I guess my system would be called a bullet journal these days except I do it without the washi tape and doodling. Well, the occasional doodling but definitely no washi tape. Who has time to make their diary look that pretty? I am rather partial to a pretty notebook though. I am only human.
I use a combination of a traditional day to day diary of events, to do lists (separate lists for the immediate must-do-this-morning and the bigger must-do-one-of-these-days kind of jobs) and notes for anything and everything. And I mean everything. Blog ideas, meal planning, thoughts and musings. I think sometimes just having things written down makes me feel much more organised. I have a memory like a sieve and I swear if I don’t write something down that minute, I will forget it. To anybody else, I am sure that my notebook looks like the scribblings of a mad woman. No way would it make sense to anybody else. But to me, it is organised chaos.