Appointments

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Part of being organised is making and keeping track of appointments.  This week I have appointments for a dental check up, haircut and mammogram on 3 consecutive days.

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I am lucky because Breastscreen and my dentist both send reminders when an appointment is due.  I simply make the appointment and make a note in my electronic calendar at work.

My hair appointments are generally 7 weeks apart and I make the following appointment when I am at the salon.

The dentist and hairdresser both send an SMS reminder the day before the appointment.

My haircut on Thursday was one of 3 that I planned and booked back in February.  I did this as I was calculating the intervals so that I could make sure I had my hair cut just before we leave to go on holidays in July.  I will have it cut 2 days before we leave so that it will last for the whole holiday.

What regular appointments do you make and how do you manage them?  Diary?  Electronic notes?  Some other method?

Feels Like Friday

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I have not posted anything for the past couple of days as I have been totally committed to work.  We have had colleagues from interstate working with us for a few days and I had to give it my undivided attention so as to maximise the results from being able to work face-to-face.  Despite all of the advances in technology which allow us to connect via, phone, email and videoconferencing, there is nothing quite like being able to sit down and look at the same work together.

Everyone has headed back to their respective locations and I am now home with the prospect of 5 days at home stretching out in front of me.  It really does feel like Friday!  I will be doing some work from home tomorrow but other than that my time is my own.  As an added bonus we have a long weekend due to the Australia Day holiday on Monday.

I hope to make some progress on a number of projects around the house and garden and I am sure I will have lots to show you.

We have the prospect of slightly cooler weather for the next few days and possibly some heavy rain.  I think the first thing I will do is make sure all of the washing is up to date while the weather is still fine.

TowelsIt is lovely to have time to look forward to spending as I choose rather than having a diary crammed full of appointments.RelaxingDo you plan every moment or do you go with the flow, so to speak?

Time To Take Three

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I have been very busy this week and working long hours in order to catch up on some things at work.  I had planned to take a day off tomorrow but have changed it to Monday so that I can finish some tasks before the end of the month.

In between all of the busyness I managed to cross 3 things off my list on Tuesday.  The first thing I did was to articulate what I was going to achieve by telling The Duke.  Letting someone know helps to make you accountable.

My 3 things were relatively minor but need doing.

1  Make a dental appointment

2 Send an email to our accountant to make an appointment for our tax

3 Contact the owner of the venue where we will be holding a birthday celebration for The Duke

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These had been rolling around in my head and going nowhere but suddenly they took on an unexpected level of importance once I had shared them with someone else.  Best of all, it took a total of 5 minutes to do them.  I now have the dental and tax appointments in my diary and some details confirmed regarding the dinner.

Organisation – Making it Work

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Over the past few days several things have come up that require some planning to ensure that we are in the correct place at the correct time.  This is quite complex given that we live over an hour away from the city which is where we both work and we have to consider being home for Psycho Dog or arranging for him to have a sleepover if we were to stay in the city overnight.

So, I have been busy trying to co-ordinate our travel to and from work with getting to various appointments and activities.

Tomorrow I am meeting Belle in the afternoon so that I can entertain Miss O and Izz for an hour or so while she attends to some business.  Then in the evening The Duke and I are planning to go to a public forum about the Energy Revolution in Cuba and how we can apply this information here in Australia.

On Friday evening The Duke is going to a concert and I will visit my mother.

The co-ordination continues next week as we are going to have our tax done after work one evening.

A couple of weeks later The Duke has a work function to attend but he has arranged to stay in Brisbane with a colleague that night so I will come home as normal and be here for Psycho Dog.

Sometimes we go for weeks without having any evening commitments during the week but at the moment it seems to be constant.

Like anything the key is to plan ahead and be organised.  I have made some Sausage and Pasta bake to take to work tomorrow and we will eat before we go to the forum which begins at 6pm.

This all reminds me of the days when I worked shift work and the girls were young.  It was a constant battle to make arrangements for school, kindy, daycare and extra-curricular activities with The Duke and I both working.  It was so important to develop a network of friends and other parents and you could all support each other.

What tips do you have for coping with co-ordinating the competing demands in a busy household?