Writing in new diaries; a year of fresh possibilities.
It takes at least 3 forms of calendar or diary to organise my house. Some people manage with one, but I need a wall calendar, a phone app and at least one physical diary to be properly organised. And filling them in makes me smile, especially when I like all three of them for different but all aesthetically pleasing reasons.
My wall calendar is a Mary Engelbreit one; this year it is about taking the first step in a new life to make things happen. How appropriate! Each month has a different wise word and a bright picture that cheers me up first thing in the morning when I see it in my kitchen. I must have had one of her calendars for the past ten years. I keep past ones and always mean to use the pictures in bedrooms and family rooms….
My phone is a Samsung S2. I like it; the calendar app syncs with Google and I have one entry for all my electrical calendars. Easy.
I wish paper calendars were as easy to sync. I know some people can function solely with a phone app. I tried, believe me I tried but I missed the Big Picture; I was even more disorganised and lost track of appointments so I have to have a paper organiser as well. For me, the best organisers are good to look at and hold. I like adaptability as well, so the ideal is a Filofax organiser. There are hundreds of sites dedicated to organising using Filofax but the creme de la creme is Philofaxy. Love it, just love it but they are such enablers; letting you know when the sales are on and positively encouraging Filo-envy. I love the weekly web round ups when entries about Filofax make the long list that will keep me busy on Saturday morning. This one might even get there! That would be an honour!
I use a pocket Malden to carry with me and I am using my A5 Chameleon to organise my happy little life. For better details go see the real life blog of mine, Angel Jem’s City Cottage. My A5 diary is printed out from a template on the Philofaxy site while the pocket has a cotton cream Filofax own brand; the paper feels nicer and looks better than the plain white. Aesthetically pleasing tools are happy making.
And the simple act of sitting down as near to New Year as possible and filling in the boxes makes me happy. My calendars are quite empty at the moment but I know they soon fill up once school begins again. Once life resumes after the early year breathing space that is these few days after Christmas and before work.