In my second post of the year I vowed to be more organised this year. Actually I say that every year around this time and usually I stick to it reasonably well. My problem is that I flit between ideas on how to keep on top of things.
It might come as a surprise to you but I’m not great at using electronic organisers. I love them for planning meetings and appointments because I can just plug it straight into my phone if I re-book my eye-brow wax when I pay or make another appointment at the chiropractor. When it comes to keeping track of what I have to do, what I’m going to blog about/bake/create when and and list all my ideas I’m old school.
I just love to be able to highlight something on my list to mark it as done and then look at it admiringly at the end of the day. Yes I even write things I’ve done on the list and then highlight them to make it look better. You can’t do that electronically!
Last year I jumped between notebooks, scrap pieces of paper and a DIY calendar but still didn’t really nail my organising skills. When I saw this post over on Young House Love about Sherry keeping all her planning/to do/appointments etc in a diary I knew that would be just up my alley.
Yes I know, it’s not rocket science but for some reason it had never occurred to me to keep it all in a diary. I also love that I can plan ahead in it so I don’t forget about any ideas for Easter or Christmas and everything is in the one spot. Unfortunately I read the brilliant post in September last year and it’s a little tricky to buy a diary when the year is almost out.
As soon as I got back from holidays this year I added ‘buy a diary’ to my to-do list (which was a post it on the wall at that stage). I’m a bit picky when it comes to diary choosing. That might be mum’s fault.
Every year for as long as I can remember, I’ve bought her a diary for Christmas. It had to be spiral bound and a week to a page but all on the one side. It’s not an easy thing to find and for the last few years I made it myself. It was rather tedious setting it all out in word and adding images then getting it printed and bound but she loved it.
It turns out I didn’t need to spend those countless hours of frustration in front of the computer. Personal planner do all the hard work for you. You go online, choose your design, layout, pages, size, colour (the possibilities are endless) and they print it, put it all together and post it to you. You can even choose your starting month so there are no wasted pages if you’re a little late to buy one.
You can use it to plan your menu, decide when you’re going to make which recipe from Claire K Creations or anything you like.
Thanks to Personal-planner, I have two vouchers to giveaway so you can DIY your diary. What’s even better is they’ve offered to post it further afield than Australia so readers in the USA, Canada and New Zealand can enter too. To enter, follow the instructions below. Good luck!