Every Boxing Day, it's become a bit of a tradition for me to sit down with my new diary while Paul watches the cricket, planning out my year ahead, adding in birthdays and anniversaries and reminders. I remember doing just that last year and Paul jokingly teasing that paper diaries were so old-fashioned and that I was well behind the times.
Back in my teaching days, my diary was always filled with excursions, due dates of projects, notes from staff meetings, to-do lists and appointments with parents. When I became a Mum, I still carried one around with me (albeit a considerably smaller style) but the jottings in it became few and far between. Last year, it had barely any entries apart from my four hair appointments for the year. I tended to use and refer to our family calendar more and so this year, I've ditched the diary.
I've decided to use a simple format to keep me organised ... a family calendar and my iPhone. I finally have my dismal mobile phone situation sorted out thanks to a very generous Christmas present from Paul (goodbye ancient Nokia with a pitiful camera and non-existent history of text messages... hello iPhone5!) I am hoping to jot down any dates if need be on my phone's calendar function when I'm out and about but will use our family calendar as the 'hub' of our happenings.
I've never been one for elaborate organisational systems. I know that these days, I can sync this to that and have everything I need delivered straight to me on my phone. Only I don't need to be checking my email more than once each day and when I'm out and about with my little ones, I don't pick up my phone all that often anyway. While I like to keep on top of things, a simple method paired with simple technology seems to suit my needs best.
Do you still use a paper based diary or has your phone eliminated the need for one?