GTD for mums Part 2: a gallery of tips and tricks

Recently I wrote about my GTD system and how it’s helped me feel more organised, and today I wanted to show you a few of the ways I capture ideas before I forget them.

I keep my planner open at all times to remind myself of what I need to get done that day:

Zoe at Home planner

I keep a notepad and pen by the bed. I also have one of these in the kitchen, because when I’m cooking I often think of things I must remember to do:

Zoe at Home

At times when I have a lot on I take my planner with me from room to room. Perhaps this is overkill, but since having a family my memory is not as good as it once was!

Zoe at Home Filofax

In the days when I carried a small handbag, I would carry this mini notebook and pen inside my wallet:

Zoe at Home

And a little pink highlighter because, well, I like pink!

The Weekly Review doesn’t work for me: I forget things too easily. So I fill out this sheet each evening with the priorities for the next day:

To Do list by kikki.K Zoe at Home

You can see I have a weakness for coloured pens!

I bought it at a stationery store, but here are some popular printable PDFs which are available online:

Simple Mom’s Daily Docket (you can download it for free)

The Daily Page Notepad from Life’s a Journal (you can buy a set from her Etsy shop)

The Daily Goals list from I Heart Organizing (another free printable)

So how about you? How do you keep from forgetting things?

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6 thoughts on “GTD for mums Part 2: a gallery of tips and tricks

  1. It’s having children! My brain is awful since I had kids – I have to write EVERYTHING down or I forget it, I must look through my planner several times a day. I just carry my whole bag around with me now (planner, iPad Mini, knitting, medication) lol

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one to carry my planner EVERYWHERE! If you are a mum you usually end up carrying everyone else’s stuff too. (Unless you put your foot down and use a teeny-tiny bag: see my post on heavy handbags). The iPad mini is the perfect size for carrying in a handbag- they must have had that in mind when they designed it!

  2. Hello again !
    I love this post and really your whole blog :$
    Just a quick question, apologies in advance if I have missed a post that answers my question
    Your filofax is a5 size, and I assume that it lives at home on the counter… Now for the silly question…what do you use for a handbag sized notebook/diary/shopping list etc? Us mums need to be able to keep a certain amount of info around with us, especially if we are still suffering from babybrain. Our youngest as almost five years old and I still have a brain like a sieve!

    • That’s a very valid question, Jo! I like to carry the A5 planner with me when I go out, even though it is heavy. There is so much useful information in it that if I leave it behind, I just know I’ll need to refer to it. I have a little handbag and a larger tote bag for this (see this post for a picture of the two bags). Sometimes I just carry a little handbag over my shoulder if I’m just going out on a quick errand, but even then I always have a mini notebook and pen and I tear off the daily To Do list and put it in my bag as I leave the house. Otherwise I forget things too!

      I have a handbag that can fit an A5 planner (see here for a picture), but once the planner goes in, nothing else will fit! Also, I have a Pinterest board called “What’s in your handbag?” which has pictures of the stuff I carry around with me.

      Hmm… you’ve given me something to think about for my next post… Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hi there 🙂

    Love this posts!! Just wondering where did you get your monthly and weekly print outs from in your first post??

    Thanks in advance!!

    • Hello! Those inserts are from Australian company Collins Debden. They’re a bit tricky to source outside of Aus, but when another person asked about them I emailed the company and they said they would begin shipping them overseas. You can order them from http://www.diaryshop.com.au. And you can email them at shop@diaryshop.com.au. Another site that sells them is http://www.organisershop.com.au, but I’m not sure if they ship overseas. And their inserts are compatible with and Filofax A5 and Personal and Franklin Covey too.

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