We all have things we need to remember. Whether it’s work, family life or hobbies, we have ways of organising ourselves – task lists, notebooks, reminders, family planners. I have my own methods of (attempting to) organise myself and my family, but recently I’ve noticed that the amount of tasks I have to remember has gone stratospheric with the result that my brain is saying “Nope! That’s too much! I’m not remembering that for you, so forget it and go and have a long bath!”.
I’m not sure why – maybe it’s because my eldest recently started school or maybe my brain can’t cope with anymore organising after wedding planning. Or maybe my ability to retain information has seriously depleted after years of sleep deprivation! It’s as though my mind has a certain task list capacity that runs out, leaving a trail of ‘failed to completes’ in its wake.
I felt the need to document the sort of ‘stuff’ I need to remember on a weekly basis. I was going to attempt to categorise them – but sod that, here’s an example list in all its glory (n.b. it should be noted I sat staring staring at the screen with a sense of forboding for a whole 4 minutes before attempting this. Also, this does not include my work task list, which I keep at work using Outlook! Finally, it should also be noted you may need a large glass of wine after glancing at this list):
Er…why do I get the impression there’s lots of things I’ve forgotten already, despite consulting my lists?!
So, my usual failsafe planning methods, which consist of a variety of lists kept on the ‘notes’ app on my iPhone coupled with calendar reminders, aren’t working. What’s the conclusion? Delegate more? Easy to say but husband has his own stuff to remember. Buy a book about memory improvement? Take on less stuff for myself (boring!).
Or maybe just muddle along…after all, this is family life, right? The tasks get overhelming, but the feelings of reward when you do get to have that longed for bath and you sit back reflecting on what you’ve achieved are worth it.
But if you have some tips on organisation, please feel free to share!
Recently, I wrote about how I was coping with my 4 year old starting school. I could have really written 3 words: SCHOOL RUN CHAOS! Getting both my girls up and dressed and breakfasted and into the car, finding a parking space – argh! And those are just the days I don’t work.
The work days are another kettle of fish. The organisation required to ensure childminder and school have the right gear and information on anything from what excema medication my eldest needs that day to the fact my youngest has decided she no longer eats yoghurt is astonishing.
I think it’s good to share tips on how to make mornings that bit easier. Belvita are currently asking for tips or #MorningWins. Please share some tips with me, people! Er, do I have any? Well I guess if I really get my thinking cap on I must have developed a few just to survive.
– Preparing like a maniac the evening before. I prepare all bags and any notes that need writing the evening before as I know I’ll start panicking and forgetting important things if I leave it until morning.
– Setting an alarm. Sounds ridiculous to parents of preschoolers who’s kids get them up at the crack of dawn, but we have been caught out by this. We usually get woken up by our two around 7am, but the other week we didn’t bother setting any alarm and I woke and realised it was 7:30am. Cue utter panic.
-Making coffee a priority. It makes me feel instantly better to have a cup of lovely, frothy cup of coffee on hand first thing. Makes it all more bearable.
– Not letting them go downstairs until they’re dressed. Big mistake to let them eat breakfast first folks. You’ll never get them upstairs to get dressed again.
– Making them some porridge. I like giving them porridge on week days as I think it keeps them full for longer. My eldest gets a snack and drink of milk during the morning at school but that’s not much if she’s only had a bowl of cereal. So it’s porridge all the way.
– Covering the school uniform with teatowels. Ingenious. Whilst having breakfast, 4 year old is swamped in teatowel to prevent spillages spoiling her uniform.
Belvita recently kindly sent me 3 kinds of their breakfast biscuits to review- apricot, choc chips and hazelnut. I have bought these before and find them useful for me on work days in particular as I rarely get to eat breakfast before I set off.
These aren’t as sugary as other similar breakfast treats and they apparently slowly release carbohydrates over four hours. I do try and eat some fruit mid-morning, too, but they are a really tasty breakfast snack! My favourite flavour is the hazelnut but my girls loved the choc chip – I’ve been carrying them around in my bag as snack emergencies.
Hopefully I’ll develop even more morning hacks as I go through the many years ahead of school runs, but for now I’m looking forward to reading everyone else’s!
This post is an entry for #MorningWin Linky Challenge sponsored by belVita Breakfast. Learn more here.
Disclosure: Belvita sent me some delicious breakfast biscuits to review, in return for this blog post. All opinions expressed are my own.
I’ve had a tremendously busy year this year, mainly due to our wedding which took place at the end of August.
I’ve got two daughters and their birthdays fall very close together – good in some ways as it means I can plan a joint party for them. On the other hand, however I HAVE BIG JOINT PARTIES TO PLAN!
This year, my eldest (age 4) demanded a Princess and kittens party. No surprise there – she lives and breathes Frozen and has a faithful Mog toy she carries with her everywhere.
My youngest (age 2) isn’t old enough to make a choice so had to lump what 4 year old wanted this year. But she does love Peppa Pig, so I had to somehow incorporate the curly-tailed one.
Obviously I wanted to make it as easy as possible, as I was organised out after the wedding and subsequent beginning of preschool.
The party did appear to be a success, as evidenced by children generally wandering around in a daze for the next few days. So here’s what I
farmed out to relatives did:
Next year, I’ll be back on form and do everything myself (honest!).
Disclosure: I did not get paid for mentioning Sainsbury’s !
My nearly-two year old is learning to fend for herself…it’s also interesting watching her language develop as she tends to shout “I don’t like it the [insert item of offence]..” instead of just “I don’t like…”
Me: “Eat some of your salmon”
Nearly-two-year-old: “No I don’t like it the salmon. Want more sweet corn”.
Me: “But you can’t just eat sweet corn, you’ve got to eat some of your fish, too.”
Nearly-two-year-old, voicing rising in pitch: “Want more sweet corn!”
Me: “What about some sausage?”
Nearly-two-year-old: “I DON’T LIKE IT THE SAUSAGE I WANT MORE SWEETCORN!!”
Four-year-old, seeing an opportunity to gang up on me: “Mummy, I think we should just have some pudding.”
Welcome to life with two assertive girls…
When I was but a young whippersnapper, my best mate and I used to refer to our parents as ‘the olds’. In fact, thinking about it, we used to call anyone over the age of 30 an ‘oldie’. These creatures tended to have certain characteristics only found amongst their own kind.
Imagine my horror on the realisation that I am now deeply entrenched in oldie-ness.
Here’s the evidence:
And so oldie Expression and Confession will shortly take herself off to bed, probably wishing an electric blanket was one of those Aldi Special Buys…
What are your oldie traits? I bet they’re something else.
Today I’m mostly recovering from an evening out at the lovely Wine and Wallop in West Didsbury.
As the bar is a new venture by the owners of Folk on Burton Road which I love, I had a feeling I was in for a good night. Particularly as I was accompanying the delightful Hodge Podge Days who knows her way round a pint.
The bar is really well situated on Lapwing Lane, amidst a small row of independent stores. It’s convenient for the tram stop which is just opposite and a short walk from the other bars and restaurants around the Burton Road area.
Wine and Wallop offers a great list of wines and prosecco by the glass – I started off with the latter which was a lovely, fruity number. Inside, the bar has a welcoming, warm atmosphere with lots of comfortable seating, wood paneling and soft lighting.
I also noted their selection of local ales and cask ciders. I didn’t see the menu but I believe they will offer simple, homely food to accompany the drinks on offer.
Last night we were treated to a range of canapés such as cheddar and homemade piccalilli on cider bread and platters of cold meats (I’m a veggie, but took a good few photos to show my meat-devouring husband).
Wine and Wallop also intend to sell their own products shortly which is going to be handy for Christmas presents. They’ll be selling ales and wines from their own list.
We had a scout round and found that the 1st floor had leather sofas that I wanted to fall asleep in, with a balcony overlooking the main bar. It’s also handy to note there’s a function room on the second floor available to hire.
We had a good night there and I think it’s a welcome addition to Didsbury. I’ll be returning soon as it’s so handy – just around the corner from me. I’d also like to try out more of their menu. And drink more wine!
Disclaimer: I was invited to the press night of Wine and Wallop but was under no obligation to write this review. All opinions expressed are my own:
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