I am generally on time for meetings, mostly get stuff done by the deadline, and can sometimes stop worrying about missing stuff.
But I am far from perfect.
Planners don't make you or your life perfect and orderly.
If you think they do, you are mistaken. (Or you are a robot. I'll accept robot as a valid excuse.)
There are things that people with planners don't tell you often enough though they are essential truths.
PLANNERS DON'T WORK BY THEMSELVES
In order to get anything done, I need a comfortable space - preferably surrounded by others (since I am an extrovert) - with a cup of coffee in hand.
Maybe you need quiet, a clear desk, or a deadline.
In addition, I have to actually work the plan.
That part is really hard sometimes, y'all. I hate the doing the work part.
For example, I started to draft this post four times. Four times! It's a simple post, with the photography and outline already done.
But it doesn't come naturally to me, as I am much better at longer, logical posts or storytelling. Today's post is somewhere in between those two types, so it is a struggle.
This time, I'm getting it done. The planner helped, since I am determined not to recopy this task to tomorrow. But the post is not writing itself nor is the planner drafting the article. I promise you that.
PLANNERS GET MESSY
It's not uncommon for me to get a phone call about a medical matter for me or my child (who has epilepsy and some exceptionalities) while grocery shopping. I jot notes in my planner, with it propped against the shopping cart, while holding a rebellious child in the other hand.
Or I'm cooking dinner, the chicken is about to burn, and I discover that I am out of broth. I go to make a note and have half of a second to write it down before the smoke starts up the wailing smoke detector.
(Good news! My smoke detectors work really well.)
Planners get messy. Planners are not the picture perfect image that blogs often portray. We clean them up a bit, so you can understand how we organize them and how we input information into them, but well-loved, well-used planners are messy by their very nature.
SOME THINGS NEVER GET DONE
There are entire sections of most planners that never get used. The last time I looked at my cheat sheet for doing a weekly planner review was probably the last time I blogged about it.
Even worse, there are tasks that never get done.
I've been planning to make an emergency hospital bag for two years now. I've made trips to the ER twice since then. I OWN the tote bag and have a list of what I would pack.
Still not done.
Planners are simply a tool. They only work if you know and understand yourself and what motivates you to work the plan.
Done is better than perfect.
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