I love planners. I love looking at them, buying them, pretending I will use them. In fact, buying them and losing them (or pretending to lose them because I am ashamed of not using them) has become kind of a Harris trademark. This year I want to be different-and so I made a plan (on a post-it, because I lost my planner). My first step was to watch copious amounts of YouTube to find out how to decorate my planner. Numerous hours and Advil later-because some people should not make YouTube videos I had some good ideas-most of which involve Washi tape. Step two was to buy the planner and Washi tape. I settled on the Moleskine hardbound large planner in black. I am mostly pleased with this planner, but probably would have purchased the extra-large. Step 3 is where I essentially fail every year. The putting of things in the planner……I tackled this using the Washi tape. I put in really big things (like school starting, when our finals are,etc.) in first, and used pretty tape to do it. Then I made the life altering decision to start weeks on Monday. You may laugh-I am kinda laughing at that sentence anyway. For as long as I can remember, Sunday has been the start to a new week. BUT my planner has Monday as the first day……a planning dilemma/ or an excuse to not use the planner.
I began to think about what it means if Sunday ends my week. If Sunday ends my week then I can use Sunday to plan for the upcoming week, I can have a day of rest and relaxation, and I can really view it as an end. Yeah-this might be crap-but I’m going with it for the time being. Also, I can spend Sunday evening updating my planner for the coming week.
The week of the planner has been a success. I am remembering to check it, add things to it, and have not forgotten to do things because I am constantly reminded of them. My house is clean, and I am in a calmer state of mind.