Be True to Yourself

I must confess.  I don’t like cucumbers. Neither do I like peppers. Considering they are both healthy and inexpensive I tolerate them though don’t prefer them.  If I find these vegetables in a salad, I may eat them or I may not.  How are my food preference related to a blog on home organizing?  Read on…

Choosing to eat a vegetable is a small decision soon forgotten.  But what about bigger decisions with longer-range consequences, like selecting a calendar or a planner.  I must commit to this choice for an ENTIRE year. Do not laugh.  I find this a highly stress-provoking experience. What if I choose the wrong one???  The insane amount of time today in trying to select the perfect planner…

Part of the challenge of the selection of a new planner was the fact I have not been true to myself.  I know this sounds like high drama…over a planner. I have tried and tried to make friends with on-line calendars.  However when push comes to shove, I’ve realized I’m a pen and paper gal.

I had made the commitment last week I was going to put my “big rocks” (Stephen Covey) in order and also schedule my day down to a science.  I was going to schedule when was I going to pray, eat, check email, prep food, have me-time, etc.   Saturday night I entered as much information as I could into my Google Calendar and went to sleep with big goals for the week. As the saying goes “Man plans, G-d laughs”.

I woke up Sunday morning ready to start the day.  One little problem…my eye was stuck shut.  I went to the mirror to inspect.  It did not look good: pink eye (though ‘red eye’ is a better description).  Why today?  The last time I had an eye infection was like…30 years ago.   I had PLANNED a schedule.  This was not fair. Now I had to squeeze in a doctor appointment, a pharmacy visit, re-schedule a client, and re-jiggle my entire schedule.

The week was filled with all sorts of other unforeseen challenges: clients scheduling and rescheduling, carpool arrangements falling through, etc.

By Wednesday I was fed up of trying to update the Google Calendar.  I am not a high-tech person.  I was EXTREMELY frustrated trying to delete everything.  I came to the conclusion I like my paper planner.  I like fun, colorful pens.  I like erasing pencil.

On Thursday I saw a display of lovely planners. I decided right then and there to be true to myself.  I needed to buy a planner for 2018-2019.

So unlike the cucumbers and peppers which have a short “shelf life”, a planner has to last an entire year. I needed a planner for the long haul, not just one to tolerate.

After much deliberation, a choice was made.


I am happy.  I am relieved–I can hand write my schedule again.  I even posed a question on one my groups asking which time management people prefer.  So many wrote pen and paper was their preference. I felt validated.

Next Saturday night I will be handwriting my schedule in my old dusty planner until the new one begins. I will not be using Google Calendar.  Nor will I be preparing anything with cucumbers or peppers.

Thanks for reading.


July 12, 2018

Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

One thought on “Be True to Yourself

  1. Not only do I like pencil and eraser and paper, but I also prefer a Month at a View, rather than the day or week.


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