At work, one of my techniques to keep on top of all the stuff I need to keep on top of was to keep an empty, or nearly empty, inbox. All e-mails got processed – either deleted, read and filed, or filed for future use with the action noted on my to-do list, which I updated daily first thing in the morning and referred to throughout the day. It wasn’t a perfect system, but I was above average at work, maybe significantly above average in terms of not dropping things and managing e-mail. My mother used to say I’d forget my head if it wasn’t attached, and she was right, so I think being “above average” at this was pretty good for me. Keeping track of administrative stuff is not a natural skill for me.
Now, as your friendly neighborhood housewife and stay-at-home-mom, I obviously still have a fair amount of administrative stuff to track. As the kids have gotten older, they’ve gotten involved in more activities. I plan all our vacations. And we’re selling my old house (listed yesterday), and I’ve been managing that with little or not support from Jonathan. Then there’s all the appointments, Covid tests, and so on.
I’m having trouble managing it all. I was talking with my husband about it, and I do believe part of the problem is that I don’t empty my personal inboxes (gmail and hotmail). Maybe it’s time to start. It’s a lot harder without access to Outlook (I am a big Outlook fan). In general, Webmail is a pain. Still, I think it’s time. If I can’t manage the webmail, maybe it’s time to purchase Outlook, but I think should at least try the empty Inbox webmail approach first.
How do you keep track of “all the things” in your personal, non-work life?