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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Planners Everywhere: My Mad World

Last night I went to a dinner party with some parents from my kids' school. I had such a wonderful time. Margaritas, enchiladas, laughter, and an adorable waiter. We always get the same waiter. He is only 19 years old, so he says fun, awkward things like, "oh, a Moms' group? Nice. I have a mom."

Anyway, during dinner someone asked when the school field trip was going to be scheduled, so I pulled out my planner and told her the date, two months from now. (
Okay, one of my friends made fun of me at the dinner table. It's okay. I still love her even if she doesn't understand the POWER OF THE PLANNER.) I also had a pen for signing the check tucked into my planner. That became important when the fifteen checks arrived at the table at once.

(Look away while I make a "note to self" - add task in planner to deal with those Cajun eyebrows.)

Then, when I paid the bill, I was able to subtract it immediately from my budget for the month, right there at the table, and see that I am on track to be $1,000 under budget this month. (Woo hoo!)

I also noted my calorie intake immediately in my little black and white Franklin 365 Flourish. (Hey, fashion matters if you are just going to whip it out during a dinner party.) So far, tracking calories has helped me lose two pounds in two weeks. (Double woo hoo!)

Mostly, though, having the planner meant that on my drive home, I could sing "Mad World" (the Adam Lambert version) really loudly the whole way, unconcerned about money, weight, or whether I was missing an important deadline. (I was also unconcerned about fellow drivers seeing me rock it out. Perhaps I should have a bit more shame.) I take my planner everywhere, so that I don't have to keep the details and worries in my head anymore.

You see, my planner is not about feeding my OCD. It's about freeing myself from my OCD.



paperscribe said...

Love it! So relaxing to not have to carry life's details in one's head all of the time!

trekmom said...

I was just looking at this planner on amazon! Is this the compact size? I am using the arc junior right now, but want to switch to a ring binder. I am not sure if this will be the right size or not. Do you like the size of this one. I like the 1/2 size of my arc, I can just fold full size papers in half, but it is heavy to carry.. I also saw a cute polka dot planner on amazon...decisions!

Giftie Etcetera said...

TrekMom -

This planner is great. It comes with inserts (undated) which makes it a great price and it can start at any time of the year. One caution is that it is closer to Filofax personal size, at 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches, so a little smaller than a half sheet. However, it is thick, so it can hold a lot, while still having a smaller footprint in your bag!

Anne said...

I love the last line, not about feeding the OCD but about freeing from the OCD. You hit it dead on that time. Thanks for making me smile.