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Aide memoire

My memo-board

My memo-board

One of my current bug bears is my confused and dis-organised thinking and this is particularly vexing to a person who is usually extremely organised and able to multi-task without a problem.

It is frustrating and incredibly hard to deal with on a daily basis and when I start to forget things it’s time to take action. Yesterday I forgot my hair appointment but luckily my hairdresser was able to fit me in later in the morning. Paul understands my condition, and I had a lovely 30 minutes of “me” time whilst I had my hair washed and conditioned (a good 2 minutes of head massage……bliss) a cup of coffee and a good chin-wag about football whilst he tidied me up.

Afterwards I made my way to the quilting shop and bought some goodies to make my memo-board as suggested by Colleen, the idea being that I write 1 task on a post-it note with the “to-do”deadline date and attach it to the left side of the board. Each day I take the urgent tasks and move them to the right-hand side of the board to do today. As I complete each task, I can dispose of the note with satisfaction of  a “JD” (job done).

I chose the material I fancied and then scoured the charity shops for a canvas to up-cycle and finally came across a brand new one for the grand sum of £1. It was even still in its original packaging so even if I messed up, it was still a bargain buy!

It didn’t take me long to make the board and I am now the proud owner of an item which is hanging on my kitchen wall, covered in post-it notes reminding me what I need to do over the next few weeks.

JD.

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Patchwork drawers

Yesterday I ran out of drawers 😦

I thought that I would have to wait until the Spring when I can start scouring the local boot sales for unwanted and unloved drawers to decorate but fate decreed otherwise and Ebay again came up trumps just in time  🙂

This morning, I bought these for a grand total of £10.

IKEA drawers

I have wanted to try  patchwork Decopatch and a bit of frivolity is required to finish off this Festive Season!

So here is my effort so far………………..busy, colourful and I love them! 

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I love lists

Lists are good. I couldn’t survive without my “To Do” list at work, my shopping list or my holiday packing list. So why are they so helpful?

Lists…

1. Free up valuable mind-space so we can focus and get on with the things that matter.

2. Help us to stay on track and avoid becoming distracted by things that are less important.

3. Allow us the satisfaction and pleasure of crossing items off the list when complete giving a tangible sense of achievement.

4. Help us to feel more in control and realistically aware of the challenge facing us.

5. Help us to remember the important and urgent things that need doing and enable us to prioritise effectively.

6. Act as an aide-memoir should we run out of things to do.

7. Provide a written record of what we have done during the day/week. Many tasks are forgotten and a record shows how productive you have been even on days when you think you haven’t done much.