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