I’m not sure what has happened to me over the last few years. Don’t get me wrong I’ve always been a terrible procrastinator, or should that say I’m a fantastic procrastinator? But I always used to be on time, as a matter of fact I was usually ridiculously early. Maybe this was a habit from when I couldn’t drive, so needed to plan ahead around bus times or walking? I’m not sure.
Even when I had four small children nipping at my ankles I could get all of us out the door and wherever we were heading in the blink of an eye. I also had this magical ability of reading a a hospital appointment letter and being able to remember the time and date, even if it was months away.
Then I turned 30, became pregnant with O and all that changed. My brain seemed to turn to mush, I missed appointments and suddenly started losing track of time. By the time we had an actual newborn in the house we were rarely where we were supposed to be at the time we were supposed to be there.
Even after two years it feels like I still forget everything in the blink of an eye. Can it really be called “baby brain” when said baby is now two years old and is walking and talking (well, full on talking might be pushing it a bit too far, let’s say communicating, he does that really well).
Just a quick interjection here here to say that I was supposed to making dinner and while the veg was cooking thought I would sit and write a bit of this post, instead of sorting the kitchen. Here are the results of my procrastinating. I tried to save them but the taste was just awful!
Anywho, where was I? Oh yes…
Over the last year or so I have tried to keep on top of appointments and planned visits. I have a million alarms to make sure I get out the door for school drop offs/pick ups. I have one with a warning to get ready and one to tell me that I REALLY need to leave. This makes sure that even if I have managed to get distracted at the last minute.
I also have this white board in the living room which I try to get everyone to write all the important dates down. I have to be honest that earlier this year I got a bit lax cleaning it off to write new things and just rubbed a bit out to make space, plus the girls like to send messages to each other. But I’ve cleaned it all off (apart from where a certain young lady decided to use a sharpie pen!!!) and now it’s much easier to make sense of it all. I think I might need to get myself a new one soon though.
Another thing which I find handy to keep on top of things is to keep a diary. Having school age children means it is much more useful for me to have one that runs from September to August to I can keep track of things, like inset days throughout the school year. Of course of majority of diaries run January to December.
I am also quite fussy with the layout of my diaries. There never seems to be enough space in each days box and often I want to write notes for the week as a whole not just for a specific day.
Fortunately for me, companies like Toad Diaries now provide you the option of designing a diary completely around your needs. You choose everything from the cover, right down to the layout. Maybe you need a page a day, starting in April. Or starting in September with the weeks view on one side and notes on the other like I do.
There is a handy little pocket at the back which I keep my stamps safe in, because they make lovely stickersnow you don’t have to lick them. When you first get your diary there is even a little piece of paper for you to make your own little jumping toad, which I think is a really lovely touch.
Hopefully, now I’m getting more sleep, my brain cells will start to work again soon, but for now I have plenty to help me get where I need to be and on time.
As for getting distracted but all the things, and procrastinating my way through life? I think it’s something I’m stuck with, although hopefully it won’t end up in burnt carrots!
Are you a procrastinator? Or are you always late for everything? I can’t be the only one surely?
***Disclaimer: I was provided with the Toad Diary for this purposes of this post but all thoughts and ideas are honest and my own***