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Monday, February 24, 2014

How I Manage It All

Sometimes I wonder how I do it all. Ya know, Wifey, Mommy, Kick Ass Paralegal, Maid, Booty Wiper, Family Planner, Travel Agent, Bed Time Drill Sergeant, Dietitian, and whatever the hell else I do. Some days go very smoothly, and other days there are tears. Mostly from the toddler of course but tears and lots of soggy tissues. Those easy days don't come as often as I would like, but I guess that is what life is all about. 

For me, silence is crucial to my sanity. I knew this B.K.(Before Kids) and yet still decided to pull the trigger on "purchasing" two noise boxes. Of course my noise boxes are the loves of my life but that isn't what this post is all about. This post is to explain how I attempt to remember life's "to do's".

I am a full on social media addict. I love it and can't seem to get enough. I have my phone close to me at all times to keep up with the latest shit shows, announcements, and Facebook blasts. However, I just can't seem to wrap my mind around a calendar on my phone. Simple concept right? Type in your appointments, daily tasks, etc. and it notifies you of the appointment and blah blah blah. We all know how they work. I am a child of the '80's after all and slowly grew up around computers, so you would think I would be all over this, but I'm not. Paper people. Paper. My 2 time post partum mind can't remember *ish if I don't write it down. So, in attempts to juggle my working, wifely, mommy duties, I gotta write EVERYTHING down. 

If we are hanging out, at any given moment, a random loud buzzing noises or bird chirping may excrete from my purse or hand. I have about 7 alarms that will go off throughout the day. For what? Simple stupid reminders. Like, "hey girl, you aren't pregnant anymore you need to change your tampon" or "take your thyroid medicine so you don't end up passed out on your keyboard at work" or my favorite one "pick up your kids from daycare"because I will forget to do one or all of these on any given day.

Everyday I am locked, loaded and armed with my Sugar Paper planner (in need of a cute monogram on the front mind you), loud smartphone that constantly goes off (smarter than me because it can remember shit), pens, lots of to do lists with scratchy handwriting and check marks, sticky notes (lots of sticky notes) apps, apps and more apps (my fav is for  listing making is S Memo for Android) and coupon envelopes, and still feel like I can't  get it all together. But somehow I do. I manage. 

What are some of your favorite apps, planner or organizational tools that help you. I am constantly looking for new ways to help me remember any and all of my tasks. 


ChiChi Loves said...

I totally understand your pain. I have to use my google calender, link that to my phone calender and hope they alert me. I also have a paper calender and sticky notes. I still manage to miss something.

Susan Maccarelli said...

I am with you - i am paper all the way for to do lists. i need to be able to cross things off -- with a pen. I use a little 3 x 5 note card that i am constantly updating and have used it for years. My husband makes fun of me but i get my list done!