Getting organised and other reasons to be cheerful

I must've tried everything at this stage: As a teenager I used little brightly coloured handbag diaries, in my 20s it was filofaxes in different sizes, some of which I still have, but I never fell madly in love with them. Owning one was expensive, especially the refills, which were never configured quite right for me. And there were lots of things that didn't fit neatly into the format. Nor could you customise a filofax. You needed a special hole punch, special paper, and it all cost ££££s.

My Mum used to buy the same Boots diary every year and sit down religiously on January 1st and fill in all the birthdays and other important dates. I tried that but it just didn't work for me. It was cheap and cheerful, but not portable or flexible enough.

I toyed with calendar apps for a few years, but (shhh) they are so slow and fiddly to use, putting in codes here and opening this and typing that, when you could just scribble down a note in a few seconds. But since I had my phone I was never without it, a definite plus.

Recently I've been reading about Bullet Journals like this one from Midlife Single Mum, which are beautiful diary organisers that you design yourself.  And I've successfully borrowed the idea of monthly "to do" lists (though my list for June is worryingly up to 49 items with very few ticked off!) . They look gorgeous, but also a bit too complicated and intimidating for me.

What I needed was a system that was easy to use, flexible and used nothing that couldn't be bought on the weekly supermarket shop. So I found some free downloadable diary pages on the internet, printed them out on A4 paper and stuffed them in an ordinary lever arch folder. I can write in an appointment or event and add in the letter, or the event details printed off the internet. Okay so I can't easily bring it around with me, but I am home-based, so that doesn't really matter too much.

And my reason to be cheerful? I've just printed out July to December and am happily filling in all the important dates...


And there's more:


  • A lovely and unexpected lunch out with a friend on my birthday.



  • And another invitation for lunch from a walking group that rotates lunch and I dropped out because I just couldn't mange the catering bit! They've asked me back anyway. I was in floods of course, as usual when people are kind.

  • The exams are finally over and my son can relax for the summer. Hooray!


More reasons to be cheerful over at Lakes Single Mum.


10 comments:

  1. Yay to no more exams! I try to stay organised but don't always have everything recorded...
    How lovely they asked you to come back. Thanks for joining in again.

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  2. i have to admit i've been tempted to try the bullet journal method so it's good to hear it's working! I do very much what your mum did and its become a comforting ritual of mine - often on christmas day - i will transfer from old diary to new. I really enjoy doing it so i don't think i'll switch methods just yet. Day to day stuff is scraps of paper and diary notes. x

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  3. I've always used a paper diary, a small one I took around in my handbag but when it run out I didn't want to keep buying the expansive one I liked and I've finally moved to an online google calendar which I can use on my phone/iPad and laptop and I love it. Glad you've found a solution that works for you. X

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    1. I use google calendar a bit, but I still find scribbling much faster. x

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  4. I used the customisable pages at http://philofaxy.blogspot.ie/ to make customised pages for my filofax for my sick child when there are so many complex elements to keep track of. You have to be able to see appointments in advance or the next week or month to keep on top of stuff.

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    1. Ok Clamball, so technically you're spamming my post, but I'll let it go since I'm a HUGE fan of the site you mention, and it's where I get my diary pages from :)

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  5. This ifs not the first I've read of bullet journals, I'm sure should try, but I know I would just forget! I hope you have a calm summer, now exams are finished xx

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    1. Me too, and I hope that your summer is calm and good in other ways too xx

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