Today I've been FILOFAXING. I've been wanting to get my 2013 diary sorted out for quite a while now because I had almost a page of diary dates written down at the end of my 2012 diary, ready to transfer into it. But unfortunately, I seem to suffer from a condition called "Mountainoutofmolehillitis" whereby I always envisage a job taking about 14 times' the amount of time that it actually takes to complete, so I often end up putting it off for as long as possible because I
Anyway, today I bit the bullet and got cracking, and it took me about two-and-a-half hours to finish. Phew! So now my 2013 'week on one page with notes' diary and year planner are both complete and ready to go!
This is what I did...
Firstly, I gathered all my lists of dates together and wrote the following information on my year planner:
- My daughter's school holidays (dark green, right side);
- Dates I'm on call (red, left side);
- Dates I'll be out at shows/gigs/band concerts/parties etc (purple);
- Birthdays (light blue);
- Important deadlines (red);
- General perpetual reminders and reminders for my Secretarial duties (pink).
Then I transferred all this information into the diary itself (for the full year). After that, I went through the diary week by week and wrote my reminders in. For example, when I have a birthday coming up, a week or two before I'll put a reminder on the 'notes' page to remind me that I need to buy a card and present if required. Or if I need to renew some insurance, I'll put a note in to remind me to start hunting around for quotes.
I like to have the year planner nice and full because as I use a slimline, I can't fit a full year's worth of diary pages into it in one go, so at least I'll have the year planner available so I can check for any clashes if I'm organising something well in advance.
I also use a few weeks' worth of 'day per page' diary pages as well, but I fill these out only when I actually put them in my Filofax.
So people - have you filled your 2013 diary yet? Which one are you using? And how do you use your year planner, if you use one at all?
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