We’ve turned the calendar to September, the kids have started school(finally!) and the weather is starting to cool off a bit. The transition from care-free summer to the structured school year has begun. I used to think of myself as a very organized person, but those days might be far behind me. Now that I am a mother of three, a wife and a business owner I find I need to work a little more at keeping everyone (including myself) on task and in the right place at the right time. Here are some of my tricks to keeping up with it all and please, please, please share your tricks in the comments below.
REMINDERS: The iPhone is a fantastic thing when it comes to needing something to remind you when you need to pay your bills and about other items on your to-do list. I have a monthly reminder for all the bills that need to get paid and I put EVERYTHING on the calendar from dinner dates to my kid’s classes along with birthdays and anniversaries too. It is easy to set a recurring event, so something will pop up daily, weekly, monthly or annually.
LISTS: From grocery lists to shopping lists to to-do lists, I write everything down. Sometimes a task goes from a reminder to a list but at least I am thinking about it again and again until it gets crossed off. This is also a trick I use to keep my kids from wanting everything at the store, if it isn’t on our shopping list then we aren’t going home with it.
TEAMWORK: While it would be nice if I could give everyone my undivided attention it just isn’t possible. Building a team of people I trust allows me to be a part of it all. I learned early on in my career that it is important to lead by example and I find this just as important at home (changing poopy diapers is no one’s favorite task) as it is at the shop. I may have nominated myself as team captain but I the support I receive is amazing.
My reminder just went off to post the weekly blog post. Maybe I am one step ahead, at least for this week!