Not that being a house wife will not take up all your life and even drain the life out of you - I know, I tried, I quit by the way. Would much rather work an 8 hour job. Monday is always the worst day for me because I get more tired working at home then I do on the job,
|MEU CARRO É MAIS OU MENOS ASSIM, TODOS OS DIAS|
So finally, after lamenting, I gave up making it pretty in the name of functionality,
I work at 3 different schools, I teach 7 different classes per week, which is equivalent to 14 classes. Each planned and "unique" in that time frame. I pick up and drop off hubby and kids everyday from everwhere, so I loose a lot of time in traffic, besides living about 1 hour away (with no traffic) from my workplace. Enough bickering about life, let´s get down to what matters...
Today I am going to talk about:
Not only that, but do you also keep important notes in this section? I have a few tips for you!
(If you feel a bit lost, don´t worry, as with almost everything, I´m great in theory, terrible in practice. I am still learning as well).
|That little monster? That´s our fear!|
But that´s where the mess starts, isn´t it?
Thousands of options a clic away and all you really want to do is run away, petrified.
Too much information can do that to you. That is, when it doesn´t just take you straight to the looney house LOL.
Sorry to be frank, but if you´re a beginner and haven´t become like the lady in the pic below, you soon will.
IT´S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.
We observe, get enchanted, try to copy, fail, figure it won´t work for us, go through our morning stage because we´re never gonna have a planner just like those (and that´s when you feel like giving up on the whole planning idea), and then you start to reflect on how to make a system of your own.
Whatever you do, and no matter how you feel, basic advice:
DON´T GIVE UP!!!
If I had given up, I wouldn´t have 1/2 of the good results I do right now.
Not that my system´s perfect, but last week I did a major makeover and guess what? I changed my status from "DESPERATE" to "THERE MAY BE HOPE", and that´s a lot for me.
Nowing that it is possible gave me some super strength to keep going in the right direction.
Believe me, if I, the queen of disorganized can be salvaged, so can you, my friend.
Observing our filofaxian idols, it´s easy to catch on to the fact that many adopt a very simple system, the WEEK ON 2 PAGES, or WO2P.
This is the method I´m talking about:
You can find these calendars with horizontal design as well.
Besides these, there are also daily pages, which are more variable then anything you could imagine. Some people use them solely for fitness, others for finances, homeschooling, work, kids, the sky is the limit.
Due to the very personal nature of these pages, the perfect ones for you will only be known by....well, you of course.
How do you get there? BABY STEPS everyone, baby steps.
This may or may not work for you, but this is how I did it, bare with me:
1st STEP: write down every activity involved in yout life. Personal, work, kids, pets, etc. etc. etc. Make a giant brainstorm. This means it will be mixed up, but that doesn´t matter at the moment..
Look at everything you´ve written down and slowly categorize. Children under on column with the activities, blogging, homeschooling, and so forth.
Now, looking at the categories, pick 2 for emergency repare. The ones that are in the biggest distress.
Imagine what would be necessary to jot down about this category, repeatedly and methodically so that your organizational needs were met.
Research layouts that fit your needs or DIY,
If you don´t want to spend the money just yet, I suggest GRID paper. You can make your designs with a pen for the time being and have them done later.
You can use grid for anything, actually, so just fill up your planner with grid paper and get started cause there´s no time like NOW!
That´s when I met my saviour!
I do want to get into the detail of it´s use, but there´s a lot to be put into a post about that, so I´m going to do it in a future entry.
This is what my filofax life looks like now. So much better! 1 for personal and one for my work life. Before I had all in one, but I´ll tell you about the makeover in another post
Below, I´m going to leave you with some recomendations of different systems, ok? Hope I was of some help to you.