Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New Month, New Blog, New Beginnings ... New Woman!

Welcome to April, the month of April Fool's Day, of the arrival of the cuckoo and the swallow, of showers and flowers.

"April showers bring May flowers" ~ Old English Saying

The first Sunday in April is known as 'Daffodil Sunday' after a Victorian tradition of picking daffodils and taking them to the local hospitals to be distributed among the patients.

What a lovely idea! I didn't know about this ... does anyone do it today?

The 19th of April is Primrose Day, named after Benjamin Disraeli's (mistaken) favourite flower.

All the above information is from the wonderful people at Woodlands Junior School. Check them out for a great list of April anniversaries, or a comprehensive guide for each month, or for tons of useful education stuff, in fact!

I have planned April.

In writing. I have dates and general 'to do's in my diary. I have writing deadlines (in blue), meetings and other deadlines (in black) and bill payment due dates (in red) on a calendar next to my workspace. I just have to set alarms on my phone to remind me. I have also written a monthly To Do List, from which I am writing a (succinct) daily list.

Having read 'Time Management for Creative Professionals' by Mark McGuiness of Wishful Thinking a while ago, I have finally got round to putting his advice about 'buckets' into action. Buckets are the places we keep information; "physical or virtual containers where you capture important information, demands and commitments so that they can’t ‘leak’ away and be forgotten. You should have as few of these as possible, but as many of them as you need."

My Buckets are:

My Diary

My Calendar

My Phone

My Monthly/Daily TO DO Lists

And I have started a Monthly Writing Goals Notebook (my fifth bucket) and listed every blog post, every article, everything I need to do this month to set up a website for student parents and everything I need to do in April for an ebook I'm writing.

Goodness, I'm feeling uber-organised (it can't last for long!), which is just as well, seeing as I now have a fifth blog to write for!

It's not my blog, though ... it's OURS!

In response to the distinct lack of information we discovered about International Women's Day (despite the fact that it will have existed for 100 years in 2011), aliqot and I have started a communal blog, called Towards 2011, which we hope will become a collection (perhaps a 'conversation') of widely-varying perpectives from all kinds of women.

I say "aliqot and I" but the truth is that I have done nothing yet! The amazing aliqot has set it up, added me and Leonie (who I'm really looking forward to reading, as she will write about women and jazz), and posted loads already ... I have some catching up to do!

Thank you aliqot, you're a star!

I'm really excited to be a part of this as I think it's important to raise awarness of IWD, a day to be celebrated with appreciation for the women who started it in 1911, women who were "campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination."

And I'm really looking forward to being a part of the conversation about it all today!



aliqot said...

Yes, it's me.

Hey, we're doing well with this so far. There's just so much going on if you seek it out.

And we're having some interesting discussions. One about wolf-whistles to start with.

We want snippets, jokes...cartoons.

Moondreamer said...

Hello you!

I agree, some very interesting conversations!

I am doing a post about Crones for the new moon (also called the Crone Moon) tomorrow. I'll include another link to Towards 2011.


Anonymous said...

i'm gonna make my own site about it