I would definitely consider myself an organised person. I never forget birthdays or anniversaries, I pay all the bills on time, organise L’s school and social life (no mean feat!) and generally pride myself on keeping on top of things. My secret? The List. In fact it’s lists – plural. I’m a compulsive list maker and at any one time I have several on the go!
Since becoming a parent and particularly since L went to school, the amount of everyday things to get done has become down right ridiculous. On top of the mundane tasks like billing paying, car insurance renewal, etc. which are faithfully recorded on my kitchen calendar (yes, I know in this day and age I should be using an organiser on my phone), now I have to deal with birthday parties (for the children of course), hot lunch menus and deadlines, outdoor days, trips, special lunches and events, fetes, assemblies and school association events. It is a seemingly never ending list of things to remember.
So alongside my faithful calendar (an ‘on trend’ cute owl design this year) I make lists. Lots and lots of lists. Sometimes in the morning Mr C informs me that I’m sitting at the breakfast table reciting my list of ‘to-do’s. I mutter away to myself about writing in L’s reading diary, filling his water bottle and cleaning shoes. (Just how exciting does my morning sound?!)
For those slightly less immediate tasks I write a list and keep it by the kettle – a sensible place as I’m often hovering there! Currently on the go I have a holiday list of things to do before we go away including organising travel insurance etc. and a general to-do list which includes blogging (I try to set aside time!), an NCT book review to write, upcoming birthdays and house related stuff. Here are a few examples of my recent scribblings…
Mr C mentioned a couple of nights ago how much he was looking forward to our holiday and was surprised I wasn’t more excited. Believe me, I can’t wait. But when he said it, all I could think about was the long list of things to do before we can get on that ferry. Ordering a bigger travel cot, breakdown cover for the car, first aid kit etc. and that’s before the lists of clothes we all need and the things I need to remember to pack for the boys.
I’m aware as I’m writing this that I’m starting to sound like a slightly crazy person but actually all my lists help to keep me sane! I sometimes feel like I’m drowning under a mountain of things that need to get done and ticking things off my lovely lists just reminds me that I’m in control.
While I do pride myself on being organised there are of course some items on my lists that I never seem to get round to. They somehow never become top priority and linger at the bottom, lost. I’ve been meaning to sell some of E’s baby things for nearly 18 months now. I got as far as registering with eBay and PayPal but haven’t managed to actually put any of it up for sale yet. Shocking for me, I know. Perhaps when we get back from our holiday I’ll make a brand new list and put that right at the very top… here’s hoping!
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