Do you ever struggle with staying organised? Me too. I try really hard to stay on top of things, but it doesn’t always go to plan. Mainly because my memory is rubbish! There was a time where I didn’t need to write anything down and I always remembered what had to be done when. Now though, unless I’ve put pen to paper, it doesn’t happen. Sometimes, even though it’s written down, it still doesn’t get done because I forget to look at my diary! Staying organised isn’t as easy as it used to be!
Although my youngest tells me it’s because I’m nearly 40 (which, according to him, is REALLY OLD!), I think it’s more to do with the fact that these days, life is just SO busy. With school runs, housework, after-school clubs, food shopping, work, dentist and optician appointments, there’s SO MUCH going on. As a busy mum trying to juggle it all, staying organised and on top of things can be a real challenge!
Getting and staying organised…
Putting birthdays, anniversaries and holidays into our diaries and onto our calendars is just the start. There’s also check-ups to book, cars to service, gifts to buy, bills to pay and holidays to plan and book. The list goes on. And on. There’s SO much to sort out and take care of throughout the year. How do we make sure everything gets done when it needs to? How do we get organised and STAY organised? By having a plan!
If we want to stay sane, us mums HAVE to have a plan. We have to have a system in place that keeps us in check. A system that helps us to get all those ‘mum’ jobs done and remember what we need to do when. Without a plan, we’re just chasing our tails hoping for the best. Hoping that one of the plates we’re spinning doesn’t get mislaid, forgotten, left behind or worse, come crashing down.
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So what’s the plan?!
If like me, you’re a busy mum who sometimes feels a tad overwhelmed by all the things you need to remember and do, I have something that’s about to make your life SO much easier. I’m going to share with you what I’m calling my Busy Mum’s Master Plan for staying organised (and sane) this year – and every year from now on!
All that’s required is some paper, a pen, your diary and a couple of free evenings (preferably over a glass of wine!). Once up and running, simply check in on your diary once a week and you’re good to go. The best part? You only have to do this once! Every year thereafter is a piece of cake because you’ve already done the legwork! Sounds good doesn’t it?!
The Busy Mum’s Master Plan…
I’m betting that you have a list of dates and events (birthdays, anniversaries, school holidays etc.) that take place every year? And that you have a handful of tasks and activities you repeat each year too? Whilst you might not have ever written a list, guaranteed you carry out the same home maintenance tasks. You book the same routine check-ups. The home and car insurances get renewed. You vaccinate your pets.
Well, it’s time to automate those tasks! We’re going to put them on autopilot so you no longer have to remember when you need to do them. Not only that, they’re going to be scheduled in advance so there’s no last-minute panic or dropping the ball! Here’s how we do it:
First, put the kids to bed. Pour that glass of wine and grab your diary. Then:
- Download the FREE printable that accompanies this post (link below). In it you’ll find ALL the essential ‘mum’ tasks you could possibly think of – conveniently organised month by month.
- Add any additional ‘mum’ tasks unique to your own family.
- Enter EVERYTHING into your diary in the relevant month and/or week.
- Check in on your diary once a week – a Sunday night always works well. Make a list of all the tasks that need doing that week and get them done!
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Download the printable and each month I’ll send you a reminder of all the tasks for that month to help you stay on track!
The benefits of doing it like this…
There are SO many! I’ve been using this system for a good couple of years now. On the few occasions I’ve let things slip (because I’m only human too!), I really notice the difference. BUT as soon as I jump back on this system’s bandwagon, life instantly becomes a whole lot easier to manage again. Not only is this system simple, it’s EASY to implement and EASY to maintain AND it WORKS! Here are the benefits:
- It can be implemented ANY time of the year.
- You won’t need to worry about remembering what to do when – it’s all there ready for you.
- It stops you from feeling overwhelmed.
- You’ll be able to think more clearly and focus on the task at hand.
- You’ll be more productive with your time instead of just ‘busy’ because you have a plan.
- Life becomes easier to manage.
- The time you spend with family becomes more intentional.
- You save money because bills aren’t forgotten. There’s no more last-minute panic purchases either.
- Come the end of the year, simply transfer everything across to your new diary. Hey presto – you’re good to go!
Staying organised (and sane) when you’re a busy mum…
Getting organised is one thing, STAYING organised is something else! But if we’re intentional with our planning, if we spend time thinking about what we need to do in advance, we can save ourselves from a LOT of headache. Yes, it will take you a couple of evenings to get sorted, but I promise you it’s worth the investment. Once it’s done, it’s done. Never again will you forget a friend’s birthday or forget to pay a bill on time. Nor will you have to try and remember 101 things at once. Use this system and life will become a lot less stressful and much more enjoyable – I promise!
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