I am a couple of weeks behind, but racing to catch up, with Deb’s 52 Weeks To Simplify Your Life. The irony that I have fallen behind just as we have started the section on planning and time management is not lost on me. I will not make excuses. I hate excuses. I especially hate when people say, “Oh I have just been so busy!” I hate this for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it makes me feel like they think their life is more fulfilling/important than mine. As if being busy means you are someone important or something. Secondly, you have just as much time in the day as anyone else, so either you’re trying to do too much, you are CRAP at managing your time, or you’re a big fat liar and the truth is you just don’t WANT or THINK to take the time to do whatever it is you’re using the lame “I’ve just been so busy” excuse for. (end/Rant)
Week #14 Challenge : Review and Adjust Planning Strategies
I feel like I have always been somewhat organised. I like making lists and I don’t know how I got by before my iCal on my iPhone (or, truthfully, how I got by before iAnything). Apart from about 2 years during which time I was pregnant, gave birth, and apparently pushed out some of my memory with the placenta, I feel I have always been pretty on top of things organisational-wise. I have managed my time well (enough), I have remembered important dates, I have been prepared for things I had coming up, including meetings, birthday parties, holidays, etc. I’m not saying I am a perfect planner. I am far from it. But this has not been a part of my life that I have felt has needed work. WIth the exception of one thing. I NEVER think about DINNER. Luckily for me, my husband always thinks about what needs to be taken out of the freezer. Left to my own devices, all meals end up a day later than planned because I forgot to take the meat out.
My main tool, my only tool really, for planning these days, is my iPhone. I can make grocery lists with the ShopShop (or Woolworths) app, I can set a reminder with an alarm to go off at a certain time, OR when I arrive or leave a certain address (this blew my mind when I first learned of it), I can make notes, make voice memos, and put all the important dates/information into iCal also with alarm reminders…is it any wonder I feel completely lost without my iPhone???
I could actually stand to set more reminders. I tend to put things in my iCal and then I don’t actually look at it, unless someone asks me about a particular date. I don’t actually check to see what is going on this week, and I should really do that more.
And I can only imagine what I could achieve with less TV/Computer time (by which I mean less Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Blogging).
But I finally feel like I have a decent balance. I feel like we spend a lot more time out doing things than we do sitting around doing nothing. And if we ARE sitting around doing nothing, we have probably just got back from a whole day of doing as much as possible. And I’ll admit, having an “only child” definitely makes it easier. I could definitely see the need to be more organised if I had another child (or 3) but we are pretty easy-going at this stage of things.
So all in all I think what I’m trying to say is that I don’t know where to go with this part of the challenge. But I will be interested to see what others do, what kind of tools or methods I could put in to practice to make things even more efficient. I don’t think anything is ever perfect…always a work in progress.