Hello my name is Charmaine and I’m a Planner Addict. I have an obsession with purchasing planners, to-do list software, hell actually anything that is marketed to organize life I’m down for it.
Recently I took a step back and begin to notice a trend with my organizing purchases.
- Purchase planner and all necessary attachments (you know the ones they tell you, you gotta have.
- Bring home planner and excitedly plan out my entire month.
- Life would get in the way of the perfect plan I’d just created.
- Planner becomes a pretty purse or overpriced notebook.
- Planner sits in a corner and I would go back to life as usual.
*I know I’m not the only one*
Finally, I’d had enough and asked myself, “Is my life so unpredictable that I can’t even have a plan?”
The answer was no, it wasn’t about time, it wasn’t about the perfect plan. My to-do lists and plans never worked because either I was wrapped up in O.P.P (Other People’s Priorities) or I wasn’t clear enough on what I wanted to accomplish and why so nothing ever got done fully.
At that moment I realized, I don’t need a time plan I needed a life plan.
Planner Addict Anonymous: Put the New Planner Down
The allure of a new planner is the endless hope and possibility it brings to help you finally fix your life. It makes no sense to keep purchasing new planners if you haven’t gave an honest effort to the planners in your stash. Begin to take an honest assessment of what you need and how your day goes.
Purchasing a planner because it’s cute or seems cool is the worst reason to purchase a planner. Being a recovering planner addict myself, I know that’s not an easy task to not go for the newest and sparkliest planner on the market.
Once you have the assessment of your day start to look for planners that fill that need, and be OK with knowing it might not be the shiny Erica Codren planner you’ve had your eye on all year. In order to increase your rate of success with using your planner you have to know what will work for you.
Planner Addict: How to Break Through
Below I’m sharing the three reasons why just buying any old random planner won’t’ make planning easier or more effective for you. By using those tips plus the ones above you’ll be sure to purchase a planner that fully support your life.
- You haven’t fully used the planner you have – planners aren’t magical. Just because you put stuff in there doesn’t mean it’ll get done. Stop purchasing planners with the hopes that it will completely change your life. It won’t.
- You don’t know what you want out of life – purchasing a planner to track your time isn’t helpful, especially when you have no intentions set for your life. Figure out your intentions (goals) first then work on how that will look in your day.
- You don’t know how you want to feel – when you aren’t clear about how you want to feel each day, there is a tendency to hook into other people’s stuff or a bunch of randomness to avoid the things you really need to do. You spend a majority of your day searching for a way to ‘feel good’ but end up feeling burned out and used by day’s end.
Just remember whether you’re planning your day out in a notebook or fancy planner that the common denominator is you. Purchasing another system won’t necessarily help.
When you are clear about how you want to feel and what you want out of life, you will gravitate toward a planner that will enhance what you already know.
You will begin searching for planners that will help you stay in alignment with not only how you want to feel but what you need to do, not just the prettiest option with the most bells and whistles.
Balance is possible.
I know you’re sick of feeling like the ish just keeps piling on, like you’re always leaving something behind.
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