Well now I have a little one, my life is no longer one big organised, calendarised diary. Before Jazzlyn, I prided myself on the detail on my calendar. Every aspect of my life was categorised and colour coded. I had reminders reminding me of an upcoming reminder. I put everything in, and everything was synced, from my phone to online google, to my ipad to thunderbird.
Well I still have a calendar, and it’s still colour coded, and I still have reminders popping up. However there are many more under the category of “personal”, that relate to bringing up my little girl.
So I haven’t thrown my organised schedule out the window since having Jazzlyn, on the contrary I’m thankful for it. I may not be as detailed now, but the important dates and times are still listed, my tasks get scheduled in, and I can tick them off as I complete them. I know now more than ever that its important to be organised to stay on top of things. Sometimes when I’m stressed and things keep piling up, I find that the best thing to do is get it all down into my calendar, to list when I’m going to deal with certain things. Once I’ve put everything there, I’m freed up. It even works well to do this before praying, because you gain more focus, and are able to spend more time hearing from God and less time getting distracted by all those things you know you need to do.
And when it comes to looking after a family when running a business, there’s no way I’d remember everything if just left in my head. Though I may be a little more pedantic than most with my calendar (sometimes with shared calendars, when people don’t captilise I go into their entry and amend it because I like the calendar to look nice), I do recommend that having a reliable calendar system, that is backed up or synced. This is crucial in order to stay on top of work and remember appointments that could well be forgotten in the business of the day.
Getting organised really does decrease stress. I recommend it.