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This post is meant to be about organisation. It was also meant to be posted yesterday. But I was too disorganised. That’s irony for you.Of course I could have faked it. You’d never have known if I’d  pretended like I have it all together. But my boys woke up sick.

The truth is, organisation has never been my strong suit but, as with any skill, with practice I’ve got better.  Organisation can make things progress much more smoothly, so it’s worth taking the time to get on top of it. Here’s five things that help me:

1.Use a diary

I use my diary religiously to keep on top of appointments, deadlines and even what I’m cooking for dinner each night. This year I also added some social media pages to my diary to plan what and when I will post. OK, so it’s not fool proof but it’s still pretty effective.

2. Get into a routine

This will be different for everyone. For me, as a mum and the person who’s at home most, I have to fit my job (writing) around my obligations (cleaning and nagging) and my fun (spending time with my kids and husband). It’s easiest for me if I allocate a chore to each day. For you it might be school, homework and sport. Try to get into a routine where you know what you’ll be doing on each day.

3. Prioritise

When my boys are at school (and not lolling all over the couch with dry toast and buckets) I write. I don’t have the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike and I have to prioritise my writing over other things, like vacuuming. But when my kids are home, they’re my priority, every time.

4. Delegate

I’m not very good at asking for help. Luckily, my husband is excellent at giving help whether I ask for it or not. When you’re under the pump, there’s nothing wrong with asking for help.

5. Tidy

Organisation doesn’t come easily to me and nor does tidiness. When I first moved in with my hubby, it was a bit of an issue for my super neat man. We’ve been together for 14 years now, so we’ve obviously got through it but I have improved, a lot. Keeping your work space tidy makes life much easier. You’re not wasting time searching for you pen or USB and you’re not going to lose your hard done work.

6. Go Easy

Bonus tip: Go easy on yourself. Sometimes things pop, like illness or a not-to-be-missed event and even the best organised person has to accept that some things need to slide. No worries, get back on track when you can.


I'm an educator, mum and wife living in beautiful Victoria, Australia. I make learning resources for passionate, but time-poor, teachers in need of a better work-life balance. I'm a voracious reader, love a good curry, and believe life is always better with chocolate.

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