I successfully managed my time through the Auckland Power Crisis of 1998 without a hitch, thanks to my Paper Diary. My colleagues, who were already relying on electronic schedules, didn’t know where they were supposed to be for weeks. Meetings had to be rescheduled; service delivery slowed.
My diary also helped me through the days and weeks following the Canterbury Earthquake of February 2011. During these trying times, I could still make and keep appointments, keep notes as reminders, and generally have something to hold onto that was part of ‘normal’ life.
Most pages include reminders of what I need to finish that day.
And reflecting on my diary over the weekend, I see that it includes Izzy’s social calendar.
Going forward over the next couple of months, Izzy has engagements for play dates, appearances at the Riccarton Market for Greyhounds as Pets, and dates for sleepovers when I have to travel for business. She also has a birthday party date with her best mate (and boyfriend) Bergie.
I often say that the best thing we can give our dogs is quality time. One way of ensuring you make time for your dog is to commit to them in writing. I’m pretty confident that I’ve got the right priorities and tools to do just that.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
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