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.