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Today I wanted to give you a little insight into how I try and keep myself organised and how I track things.
With the help of technology I am able to track how my day, week and month go as I can become overwhelmed whenever I lose track of what’s coming up.
So there are a few Apps that I use in no particular order to stay organised:
For my sisters we have a group chat on Facebook Messenger.
There are 4 of us and we talk about all things sisters do 😉
It’s a great way for us to keep in touch and make sure we are in communication on anything that’s coming up with our individual families.
We talk about our upcoming Thailand trip in June, things within the family we need to sort out and saving dates for celebrations that’s coming up soon!
I wrote earlier about how our time with important people is getting less and less and so I cherish the video calls, texts and time my sisters and I put into staying in touch 🙂
On my in-law’s side of the family they use a social media chat app and it’s updated very regularly.
In the Group chat there’s Leki’s parents, his siblings and partners.
It’s not uncommon that someone would post a little picture of what the kids are up to that day or a message of support if someone is doing it tough or planning for any events coming up in the future.
Recently Leki’s brother posted a little photo of their son having his first babycino which brought a smile to my face!
Gmail + Google Calendar
So looking specifically at my own little family – Leki and I sync the calendar app on our phones (we are Samsung fans!) to our family Gmail account.
This allows any entry into the calendar app on our phones to automatically sync with our family gmail account.
It’s really helpful in avoiding a clash in our schedules or either of us ‘double booking’ a weekend.
Highly recommend using this app!
You can see in the example photo above of my calendar for March 2018 (which is a screenshot from my phone) Google has entered in automatically any National or State holidays relevant to Australia making that easy.
You can imagine as the family grows and gets busier with school, sport, celebrations, meetings etc. it may be important to block off time just for myself or for my family so we can try and relax 🙂
I am feeling confident that with developing our system of communication \we can stay on top of it all.
Old School Diary
The final piece of the puzzle is Leki’s diary.
He prefers to keep everything in it and enjoys crossing out an ‘item or job’ once it’s been completed.
All the reminders for bills to be paid, birthdays to attend, celebrations and important reminders live in here.
Every year since he was in high school he’s kept a diary and from 2003-current he has a collection of all the diaries documenting what was going on at that time!
I was going through a diary from our early days dating as an example and it reminded me of those early years when we would go to the movies and just hang out. Felt like an eternity ago 🙂
I wonder how we will look back at this time 20 years from now with the diary entries he places in 2018!
So when we sit down to eat breakfast every morning I previously described how we always spend this time talking about our day ahead, anything coming up on the weekend or anything else coming up.
We whip out the phone and check any entries on the Google calendar, then check any reminders or notes on the Facebook Messenger and Viber chat groups then double check with Leki’s diary.
Once we know ‘where its at’ we can move forward with our day and be confident we have all our bases covered.
How do you keep in touch with your family and friends? Are you trying your best to stay connected? Remember time with your loved ones is precious and needs to be appreciated everyday.
Have a great day – with love,