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The Daily Diary

It astounds me how many busy mums I meet don’t have an appointment diary.

If you are to fully embrace all that I am teaching here, then you need to purchase a diary today and start to use it immediately.

I prefer a page per day diary, as it gives me room to write all my notes and actionable activities.  I use my diary for everything.  I use spare pages to write notes from meetings, record my weekly wages, work out my finances and doodle my thoughts.  If I have all my information in one place, then a short search will find it easily and quickly.

I also use my iCal on my iPhone and MacBook to remind me of appointments and events (and to back up my physical diary).

But the diary is where the main To-Do list gets kept and it is the thing that drives my productivity forward.  It doesn’t need to be fancy, flowery or all singing and dancing (although if you were so inclined you could cover it with some pretty paper like you used to do with your school books as a child).

I cannot stress enough the importance of a physical diary. To be honest, I don’t really give a damn what you do with it.   But if you want to be organised, productive and have half a chance in hell of achieving some long term goals, then you need to just get one.

Today preferably.

 

 

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The Three D’s

I have very nearly finished my new book on time management systems for the modern mum (available on Kindle).

I have been sharing snippets of the book in my blog over the past week, and wanted to share another one today.  I am giving my book away free on my new blog site, which will be live from Monday.  In fact, you can get a sneak preview here.

I love reading and responding to all your questions and comments, both on the blog and by email.  I read all my own mail so please keep them coming.  You can email me at kim@kimconstable.com

This excerpt comes from the chapter Do it, Dump it, Delegate it (which I hope is pretty self explanatory)

An invitation arrived in the post recently for my husband and I to attend an awards ceremony.  I put the invitation in my top in-tray to discuss with him that evening.

After we had agreed that we would attend, I immediately did the following:

  • Checked my online calendar to make sure it didn’t clash with anything else
  • RSVP’d to the invitation, addressed and stamped the envelope and put it in my bag to post the next day.
  • Marked the date of the event in my diary
  • Texted the babysitter to check to see if she was free on that date
  • Wrote a note in my diary for two days later to check back with her if she hadn’t replied
  • Wrote a note in my dairy for the next day to make a hair appointment for the day of the event
  • Emailed my husband a reminder that I needed him to take care of the kids whilst I was at my appointment
  • Threw the invitation in the bin

I realise that this might all seem a little OCD and extreme.  But after I had done these actions I didn’t have to think about it anymore.  Everything that needed to be done to prepare was taken care of, and it didn’t have to occupy space in my head.

The peace of mind you get from a system like this is incredible.

Your life runs smoothly and you create more time for the most important parts… experiencing joy and being happy.

 

 

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