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To think that I will never be the sort of woman who buys tampons at the end of my period?

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acebaby Tue 25-Jun-13 19:20:06

I spend my life in a total panic over everything (expired passports, expired photo driving license when I need to hire a car, forgotten MOT etc etc). I have a fairly responsible job as a university lecturer, and I lead a research group. And yet I don't have a diary. Instead, I scan e-mails to see whether I have a meeting. If it's really important, I write a reminder on my hand (which means - obviously - I have to go into important meetings with writing on my hand). As always, this term, I lost the school calendar within about one day, so have been guessing about school trips etc for months. Naturally, I have one from about 3 years ago stuck on the notice board at home, next to my 2008 calendar.

Is there any hope for me? Will I ever buy tampons at the END of my period, rather than at the 24 hour sainsbury's late at night (when my regular cycle again takes me by surprise)? Has anyone got inspiring stories of how they turned themselves around organizationally in middle age (I am 38)? Where do I start?

ArabellaBeaumaris Tue 25-Jun-13 19:21:47

Buy a moon cup.

Also - & I know this sounds daft - buy a diary & start writing things down!

MalenkyRusskyDrakonchik Tue 25-Jun-13 19:21:57

No idea but posting so I can take tips too.

I gave up buying diaries as they always ended up, pristine after a year. I've never managed to note down what day of the month my period is, either - I just rely on the cramps to warn me. blush

Shutupanddrive Tue 25-Jun-13 19:22:32

Get a calendar!
Write things on it as soon as you get them, so you don't lose letters etc. I would be lost without mine

mistressploppy Tue 25-Jun-13 19:22:34

Marking place. I want to know too.

You're not alone, acebaby!

HoneyDragon Tue 25-Jun-13 19:23:23

Mooncup. It's there every month

icklemssunshine1 Tue 25-Jun-13 19:23:40

Do what I do - use the calendar on your phone. Buggered if you lose your phone though!

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Tue 25-Jun-13 19:24:05

Stick a notepad to the fridge, and make a shopping list as you run out/ low on things.

caroldecker Tue 25-Jun-13 19:24:28

If you are in front of your laptop sll day, use that calender. Get people to email a meeting invite then it is automatically in the calender

Naoko Tue 25-Jun-13 19:26:43

I'm like this. Life improved immeasurably when I got a smartphone. If someone says 'sure, how about we meet next Thursday at 11', I put it in my phone while they're still talking to me. It syncs with Google Calendar, which is capable of sending me emails and text messages to remind me. If my mum phones and says 'remember Saturday is granny's birthday', I put it in the calendar and schedule a reminder for when I'm next in town so it buzzes while I'm immediately in a position to buy granny a card.

Smartphones were invented for people like us. I'll never be an organisational genius, but for once my general tendency to thow technology at a problem until it goes away has actually paid off.

wem Tue 25-Jun-13 19:26:51

I'm the same. I'm dreading dd1 starting school in September, I just don't know if I can step up to the levels of organisation required. (Although I have a mooncup, so no sanpro worries.)

I've even had this thread on watch for ages, but haven't got round to reading it yet...

Startail Tue 25-Jun-13 19:26:52

Have a teen DD!
Since she uses the tampons too, it's the one thing I generally do remember to keep roped up.

I majorly fail on most other organisation.

hallamoo Tue 25-Jun-13 19:28:24

Use the calendar on an iPhone and sync it to iCloud so even if you lose your phone, you can log on to your iCloud account on your computer, or if you have an iPad it syncs automatically with that too - has revolutionised my life.

dogrosie Tue 25-Jun-13 19:28:34

I think when your DCs are old enough to come home crying because they missed a trip / non-uniform day at school because their scatty, bohemian mother (who has the brains to organise herself but doesn't think the DCs are important enough to put herself out for) has yet again failed to send in the money, sort out the right clothes or organise the transport etc.

I did this, I used to think it was cute, scatty and whimsical and I liked the drama. It wasn't attractive. It was selfish and pathetic. It doesn't matter about the tampons etc, but if people rely on you, you need to step up. Sounds harsh, sorry.

lustybusty Tue 25-Jun-13 19:28:49

Phone. Linked to web based email address. Linked to work pc. Second family web based email address (think with calendar, linked to me, mum, bro, on all phones and laptops. All you have to do is "invite" other email addresses in diary entries (so on work calendar I "invite" my personal email, and it appears on both). Works soooo well!

Gruntfuttock Tue 25-Jun-13 19:29:11

If you use Firefox get an add-on called Reminder Fox. It's brilliant.

ouryve Tue 25-Jun-13 19:30:36

I write a running shopping list. When DH or I spot that something's running low, we put it on the list.

In theory.

wigglybeezer Tue 25-Jun-13 19:30:39

I am like you, it's caused me a lot f grief over the years however I amveryproud of the fact that I have just had my chimney swept in the summer when the sweeps are quiet. I feel very organised.

MorrisZapp Tue 25-Jun-13 19:31:49

I have an app on my Android phone called touch calendar, its nowt fancy but it does the job.

MalenkyRusskyDrakonchik Tue 25-Jun-13 19:33:05


dog, are you sure you're not reading into this? confused

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Tue 25-Jun-13 19:33:06

You are soooooo not alone. I think I'm 'winging it' the majority of the time.

I like to think I am a 'bigger picture' kind of galgrin
(Please excuse all quote marks)

LineRunner Tue 25-Jun-13 19:35:09

You could carry two teeny tiny diaries around, one with the academic or municipal or financial year in, and one with calendar year.

Write your important shit in them.

I do that now. <bitter experience>

SupermansBigRedPants Tue 25-Jun-13 19:35:51

I used my phones calender even before I had a smart phone - I can't do without it! It's shit when I accidentally reset the damned thing though but having an online backup is fabulous I can just restore it grin

foreverondiet Tue 25-Jun-13 19:37:25

I use google calendar on my phone. I every single thing in written in it, including term dates school trips social arrangements when tesco order is booked for. I commute to work on the train and usually spend the journey adding to it and scanning the next few days. I also have reminders on my phone and I add to these whenever I think of anything. I didn't have a diary until my dd was born 9 years ago as with pregnant brain couldn't remember everything any more. Re: tampons - just add to supermarket order if pack is empty???

Fuzzymum1 Tue 25-Jun-13 19:39:11 - you can get an iphone app called calenmob that syncs with it - it's a life safer! Oh and yes, get a mooncup - I am a total convert and haven't bought a tampon or towel in years now.

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