I have a friend, we all do, in fact you might even be that type of person yourself; a friend I can rely on to tell me about up and coming events, where they are taking place and what, if anything, I need to do about it.
Yes, yes I know that smart phones and apps can do all of that for me, but that relies on me to actually do something first and frankly, I’m a little lazy.
First finding my phone then scrolling through the various apps before I can even open my calendar, coupled with actually then inputting data? I’m tired just thinking about it. It’s all too much, particularly as there is always the serious risk that I will completely forget all about it, before I even get near my phone.
Nope, my friend is far more reliable.
She is the sort of person accustomed to forward planning, schedules and all kinds of details. I’m more of the ‘drift in at the last minute looking like an un-made bed’ type of persuasion.
You see I am just not good at details. Time, for me, is whatever I am doing right now. Generally speaking, that means several things at once and none of them particularly well. I just don’t see time in a linear fashion at all. Luckily for me my former boss understood my strange ways and didn’t mind me drifting in the office at 9.30am and beyond, because he knew quite often that I wouldn’t leave my desk much before 10pm!
Getting so caught up in what you are doing can be a good thing, driving you accomplish great things, but there is a lot to be said for the steady Eddie approach. By the time the peaks and troughs of whatever roller-coaster you are riding have evened out, chances are that Eddie has also drawn near to the finishing line and with far less trauma, grey hairs and dark circles than you.
I am what I am. Still there is no reason why I should try and improve myself a little. In the past I have tried all kinds of complicated schemes and plans, dreaming up fancy schedules, routines and rules for me to adhere to. The fact remains though, that I just don’t respond terribly well to rules. For me the thrill of the chase of inventing a new regime is far more exciting than actually adhering to it.
So this year, I have vowed to do something simple instead in a bid to make it stick. My love of stationery and all things efficient and organized is but a distant dream to me. Perhaps I could one day live up to my ideal, but at what cost? Perhaps in doing so I would lose some other skill I have which I currently don’t even notice and take for granted.
However there is no denying my penchant for stationery. From neat little unopened stationery sets that set me ablaze with the possibilities contained therein, through to pads and desk top tidies, I am a sucker for them all.
Now for once I think I have found something efficient enough to get me through the working week without missing anything important, and flexible enough for me to not feel overly shackled.
So simple in its design that a casual glance may dismiss its effectiveness, but for me perhaps the very answer I am looking for; a dry wipe kitchen office memo board. It lists all of the days of the week, has an attached pen which even I would struggle to lose and plenty of room to scribble down notes, cross them out and even do a doodle or two to further illustrate the point. Sigh. This might just be love (I give it a week).
Nicola Wilson is a mommy blogger from the UK, she is currently working for East 2 Eden part time whilst running a family and looking after her children. Nicola has a huge interest in home design and decor.