Things I Know about Time Management & Planning

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It’s Friday, again.

I should be relieved. I don’t work on Fridays and it means the end of the week and the start of the weekend.

However this week has been crazy busy and the weekend will be even busier so I’m eyeing this Friday with trepidation rather than joy.

So these are things I now know that may help me feel less anxious on future Fridays…

1. Don’t plan something for every weekday afternoon. Sure, the year is fast coming to a close and there are so many extra-curricular activities to fit in, but, for the love of God, leave at least one afternoon a week to allow for relaxation.

2. Write all appointments down, preferably in the one diary/calendar. That way, you won’t need to make those calls to cancel and reschedule appointments when you realise you have double booked (or even tripled booked on one occasion!) yourself or your kids.

3. It’s okay to say no, particularly when you hear about your child’s school christmas concert a few days before it’s supposed to take place. And more so when you’re child is dead-set against participating in it.

4. When saying yes to a free jumbo flight for your child, think through the logistics of getting the whole family down to Sydney by 10am on a Saturday morning, while keeping the two kids not going on the flight occupied for a few hours at Sydney International terminal and managing the eldest’s disappointment at not going on the flight too.

5. Turn off the computer at a reasonable hour each night instead of writing posts at 11.22pm at night (as I’m doing right now…ahem…) Then you have no excuse to be grumpy every morning because you didn’t get enough sleep after then getting up to each child at least once through the night.

Now I know what I need to do, I just have to follow through! Which is another post for another day…

Playing along with Shae from Yay for Home for Things I Know – what do you know this week?

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10 Responses

  1. LizC says:

    Some very wise tips. I’m guilty of triple-booking the family because I have appointments written on my calendar, diary and in the phone but never remember to cross check. Have just invested in a HUGE monthly wall planner which will live in our kitchen near the the phone.
    Can’t wait to hear about the jumbo adventure!

    • Kirsty says:

      Liz, I can give lots of tips, I just can’t follow them myself!

      I’m looking forward to taking possession of an iphone in the new year so hoping that will be my one stop shop for all my appointments (that’s how I’m justifying getting one, anyway!)

      Will definitely post about the jumbo adventure – from the looks of things it may be an adventure just getting to the airport – I see planes, trains and automobiles in my future…

  2. Melissa says:

    I am also guilt of writing posts way past my bedtime. I am also getting into the habit of saying “no”, for my sanity.

    • Kirsty says:

      I just don’t get much time to myself any earlier so I try to pack in lots in the evenings… And I’m no good at saying no but I am trying – in this case it was relatively easy as my husband was going to be out so I would have had all 3 kids at a concert that my son didn’t want to be a part of anyway…if only all such issues were so easily dealt with!!!

  3. Hearing you on No. 5, Kirsty. Instead of reading blogs, I really should be writing tomorrow’s post so I can be in bed at a reasonable hour! But alas…. 😉
    Kellie @ Three Li’l Princesses recently posted..A thrifty way to travel – our Melbourne holiday with kids

    • Kirsty says:

      I know! I’ve got to do that too as we’re leaving early in the morning to go to Sydney – bet I’ll still be faffing about on here at 11pm though…

  4. Marita says:

    I’m forever staying up late doing blogging stuff – more so since I’ve committed myself to commenting on more blogs as I was getting really slack. But the only time I seem to find for reading & commenting is late at night after the kids are asleep and chores done.
    Marita recently posted..Sometimes people believe in different things

    • Kirsty says:

      Exactly right Marita – evenings are the only time I get to do decent amounts of reading and commenting. And I have been pretty slack with that this week too (real life has got in the way) but hoping to atone for this soon!

  5. Jayne says:

    Ack, Kirsty, I hear you. It’s almost midnight and I’m still here…

    My youngest thinks her item for their presentation night is lame so she really doesn’t want to attend.

    You sound crazy busy right now.
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    • Kirsty says:

      Jayne, it does seem as if we all need to pay closer attention to our time management!

      Last week was incredibly busy for me – hoping this upcoming week will be a little slower (but I’m not holding my breath….)

      I hope your daughter feels happier about her presentation before the night.

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