My diary is my bible. Without this, I would be lost.
So firstly, I would recommend getting one. If you think they are too large, either get one that will fit in your bag or there are many apps out there that can do just the job.
I also have a notepad and sticky notes. There is a reason for this.
My eldest has swimming lessons every Monday @ 4:30pm but before these lessons, she used to have them on a Saturday. One Monday after school, we got in, I started preparing her dinner, daddy arrived home and time went on. It wasn’t until my husband said @ 5pm, “wasn’t little one supposed to have swimming lessons this afternoon”? Damn it!! I had literally forgot.
Now on a Sunday evening when I’m packing her bag, I use a sticky note and place it above the kettle (because that’s the first place I go to in the mornings). It stays there all day and I don’t forget.
Getting organised is all about routine. If you’re not used to looking in your diary, then start by setting a reminder on your phone to check it each day.
Here are my top 5 apps to keep you on top form.
Google Calendar is a free web and mobile calendar that lets you keep track of your own events. It’s the ideal tool for managing personal and professional schedules. You can also use this app to send invitations and collect RSVP’s from either your calendar or email. This app is simple to use and very reliable. It’s great on its own and even better when used alongside Gmail. This is available to android and iOS users.
Remember The Milk is another free app that lets you share tasks and lists with others. This organiser has been around a while but has recently been upgraded. It’s not the most cutting-edge design but t it works. The pro account unlocks extra features which many pro accounts do these days. It also has a great dashboard which helps you prioritize your work. If you need an app that’s going to remind you when things need to get done, then this is the one for you.
Wurnderlust is quite stylish and where people around the world capture their ideas. It’s quick and easy to add new items, set reminders and due dates, as well as share lists with family and friends. It also has a great widget feature where you can glance at what you need to do. I personally use this app myself and find it so handy. You can also attach photos, PDF’s, presentations and much more.
Trello is a project management app that enables members to discuss a project or task in real time. It can also manage family chores, travel plans and work projects. If you’re a person that thinks visually, then this is the app for you. This app utilizes the concept of boards and within boards, there are cards which represent tasks. These can be fully customized by members of the group. The notification system instantly informs you if something gets amended. It also has a drag and drop function. All in all, this is a great tool and very useful for those busy bees out there.
Any Do is an app that lets you sync all your tasks from your smart phone to your home pc which easily streamlines all of your activities. It’s quite elegant and very reliable and was designed specifically to simplify your planning process. You can upload 1.5MB per file to any task. This app ranks high among other to-do list apps for having a stunning interface that’s easy to use. Extra features are unlocked if the pro subscription is activated. This is an incredibly user friendly app and convenient to use on different devices and platforms.
Any of these apps are brilliant, so why not take a peek and see which one would suit you best.
If you are not organised after downloading one of these, I would suggest hiring an actual personal assistant to follow you around all day!