Let’s Get Organised

calendar.jpgHow do you keep track of the days and weeks that seem to fly past at warp speed?

Almost two months have already rushed past in 2008. Our brand new year is now well and truly underway and we’re left wondering where all the time has gone.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could stop the world for a week or two so we could catch up? Unfortunately we don’t have that luxury so we need to find workable ways to make our time work for us rather than it being a threat.

Do you have any tricks or tips that help you establish routine for yourself or your household?

Life Skills Trainer, Jill Bonanno, joined me on Friday on 98.5 Sonshine FM for our weekly radio segment, Simply Living. We looked at finding a workable routine for our lives.

For some people it’s a whiteboard, others a diary, some use a computer programme or a portable device of some kind while others plot our their days on a fridge. Whichever way we do it, having some kind of routine ensures that we don’t come to the end of yet another year wondering what happened. Taking control of our lives, while still allowing for spontaneity, helps us to live life to the full with much less stress.

How do you stay organised? How far do you plan ahead? What do you find are the advantages of planning ahead and sticking with some kind of routine?

We discussed routines for ourselves and our families and how a few simple ideas can make life a lot more livable. I’d love your input. Please listen to our discussion by clicking the play button on the audio player in this post before leaving your own ideas in the comments section.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • Thanks for dropping by my blog Rodney – I really appreciate it! Great to see your’s too.

    For being organised – I use a combination of Outlook and paper diary. I also set aside time every week for reviewing what I’m doing and making sure I have some ‘me’ time – something I never did in the early days of my business. I used to use slips of paper for To Do Lists and things but they all go in my diary now – even phone calls I’ve received.

    Outlook is good for addresses and it syncs with my Nokia phone so I can keep details up to date all the time – I used to do the cards as discussed on your discussion but don’t do that anymore now.

  • Thanks Kathie. I find Outlook essential. I book a lot of radio interviews. SOme of them a few days in advance, others weeks or months ahead. I get Outlook to gove me a reminder a few days before the interview so that I have time to research and get ready.

    I’ve tried keeping a paper diary but I stop using them by about the third or fourth week of the year so I stick with what works.

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