Every girl knows that the end of the year can bring a few things: a hang over, lots of washing up from hosting a fabulous New Years party, Thank You letters from Christmas gifts and best of all a new diary.
Over time I have found that if I don’t have a diary, I am the most disorganised person on the planet. A couple of years ago I decided to give the iCalender a go…..worst idea I have ever had. I was forgetting everything. I’m just one of those people who needs to write something down.
If you are a bit of a scatter brain (like me) or are a just a fan of a good list, keep reading. I’m about to go through my little ways of getting ready for the year ahead.
The key to being organised is preparation and, for me…..lots of pretty colours.
I tend to start looking at new diaries whilst I am out Christmas Shopping. I mask this treat for myself by saying that I’m looking for one as a gift.
A lot of people seem to think that you need the worlds biggest and most expensive diary to be organised – I beg to differ on this point. There are some beautiful pocket diaries in WHSmith, Waterstones, your local supermarket and even the pound shop that will give you the same results, but at a fraction of the price and size.
For me, I need something A5 size, this year having opted for a very sexy Moleskin number that I picked up. With the Week View on one side, and the notes page on the other, it gives the list maker in me a happy little spring in her step.
It brings the scatter brain in me some peace of mind as well. ‘Good…you can see everything…in theory…you wont forget anything’.
Once you have picked out your companion for the year, its time to get it all organised and ready to go.
Out with the Old in with the New:
It’s time to say goodbye to last year’s faithful friend, but not before sitting and transferring any details from one to the other.
I like to sit with a pot of coffee (to keep me awake), and go through both old and new together, week to week, making sure I don’t miss a single thing.
If you find it difficult to keep track of a few different things going on with your busy schedule, colour code them. I go for birthdays and anniversaries in blue, deadlines in red and every day in black. At 6am when Im trying to sort myself out before work, this is super helpful!
This is a nice little trip down memory lane. To take stock of everything that you have done in the past year. For me, it brings a sense of peace knowing that I can make that transition to the year to come.