Happy Birthday Mr Burns

We were going to have haggis, neeps and tatties today to celebrate Burns Night. But when we got to Tesco we discovered that everyone else had thought that too. No haggis! Not one. Not even a tin (yuck) of haggis.

We had burgers instead. With chips.

Not so much Burns Night as McDonald’s night. It’s what Rabbie would have wanted.

Although he would have been appalled by the way that I toasted the burger!

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the fast food-race!…

AND … (Oh no, it gets worse!) we sat and ate our toasted-in-the-style-of-Burns burgers watching The Simpsons, and a special episode about Mr Burns (not Robbie) discovering his long-lost son.

Take Back Your Life!

Take Back Your Life, by Sally McGhee

This past week I’ve been reading a book about how better to organize my life, and it is fantastic. Take Back Your Life, by Sally McGhee explains how to use Microsoft Outlook, synchronized with a PDA, to keep track of objectives, projects and tasks. And I can honestly say that it works.

One of the first steps, McGhee says, is to work out how many collection points we use. That is, how many locations do you collect information and tasks from? I was amazed to discover that I had 28 different locations. I’ve now reduced this to eight, which is far more manageable.

Next up, download the to-dos that you carry around in your head. I had eighty-one. No wonder I felt stressed, with so much to remember. I now have them typed up in my newly reorganised Tasks list in Outlook.

Thing is, I now have a full In-tray, and a bulging Tasks list because I’ve not reached the chapter on how you actually schedule these into your Calendar to make time to actually do them!