I'm Late I'm Late for a very Important ... Everything

As a mom of two kids, who also watches two kids, and works multiple online gigs, and runs a photography business (geez) I'm sometimes, ok always, running late. Or at least it feels like I am. I mean it's hard enough to make sure you are on time when it's just you and your kids and you work a regular job. Trust me, my friend that I watch her kids for tells me so.

But here's the funny thing, for some reason others, aka my boyfriend, think I actually have things under control. Even though I constantly feel like the White Rabbit. How do I manage this? I honestly have no freaking clue, I just do it.

But as one of my goals is to be more organized, I have gotten myself a Happy Planner. I tried to bullet journal thing and while I do find it good for other things and are incorporating them into my planner or life in general, for a calendar and appointments it just wasn't working for me. The Happy Planner is though, I mostly like that I can move the pages around to my liking.

But I mean there's more to time management than that right? Duh.

So, what do I do first? When I get any new information for an appointment or deadline, I almost always have my phone with me, so it goes directions into my iCal. That ensures that it is committed to something that I look at, and I have defaults set for alarms that go off for travel time and such. Also on my phone, I make sure to have alarms to remind me head places, like to head to pick up the kids I watch from school, and another to head from there to get my own kids off the bus.

Then when I'm home I sure to go through my phone calendar and any papers or cards I have accumulated during the day. Making sure to put appointments, deadlines, important numbers, etc into my Happy Planner. Both in the monthly view and the daily breakdown. If you are older like me you remember when the teachers told us that writing things down make us more likely to remember them.

I also keep two different forms of note paper in my Happy Planner. One is a half page, for lists and short notes that don't have a specific deadline or timeframe to be done. The other is full pages for random writing that I need or doodling.

What are some of your tips for managing your time? 

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