Monday, January 3, 2011

Plans and Day Planners

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
-- Napoleon Hill
I love lists.

I love seeing fairly simple tasks, bulleted down a sheet of paper.

There's nothing quite like the simple satisfaction of sitting down, lowering my eyes to my desk, picking up a pen, and scratching something off my to-do list.

I love notebooks.

I love the crisp feel of fresh paper, the smell of pages, the broad white possibility, just ready for whatever happens to come.

I love pens. I personally own more pens than I will ever use. In fact, I have a hard time restraining myself from buying pens.

Do not, if you love me, ever set me loose in an office supply store.

(Did I mention I love post-it notes, too?)

My current favorite pens were a gift from a friend. They're from post-it. Black-inked pens on one end, pink, yellow or blue highlighter on the other, and have a dainty little carriage holder in the cap for tape tags.

Oh, Johnny, I love tape tags!

Yesterday, I got a new day planner.

It's from At-A-Glance and it's quite hideously ugly.

It's orange.

I forsee the purchase of many, many stickers until I cover the entire front and back.

On the other hand, it seems to be perfect.

Perfect is such a terrible word, fraught with disappointment. And yet...

It is quite lovely.

Each day has a whole page set aside for it. I can write appointments on it and still have plenty of space left over for my daily to-do list.

I'm using the HOT section at the bottom to write down my plans for dinner menus and anything that desperately needs to be attended to.

I've divided the pages in half, making two columns. The right hand side is for special tasks for the day (for instance, this week - likely next week, and perhaps the week after THAT - I am reorganizing and cleaning the kitchen. A thorough cleaning!) and the left hand side is for those things that are regularly part of my chores list (make bed, do dishes, plan dinner, swish and swipe the bathroom).

So far, I've done everything on the left side of the page for today.


Anonymous said...

Every year I make my own planner in Word and put it together in a notebook. This is because I am such a geek that I MUST HAVE ALL THE LINES IN EXACTLY THE PLACE I WANT THEM!

I love starting out a fresh new calendar.

Don't get me started on my love of spreadsheets!

Kimberly said...

I don't do paper planners, but I LOVE my list app on my Droid.

I'm too OCD for the paper kind. I would never finish the list because I would keep finding something out of place.

Cammy@TippyToeDiet said...

Fellow office products geek here! Also, I love the scritch!scritch! sound of pen or pencil on paper.

I used to use a Franklin planner and I loved it dearly. Unfortunately, it also costs dearly, so I went back to my 2nd favorite planner--a purse-sized notebook. It gets the job done.

Natalia said...

Oh gosh! I know what you mean. My hubby makes fun of me. I have a whole relationship with day planners! ;) Don't get me started on messenger type bags...hey I've got to have somewhere to put it all!

Sue G. said...

I love to make lists for the day, especially when I'm at home. The lists I make for work are mental, and usually, because I work in retail, most of the stuff on my list does not get done due to unforeseen happenings throughout the day.

There is nothing better than a new pen and a blank notepad. Bliss.

Chubby McGee said...

I saw you on Jack's WIDTH page this a.m. I know exactly how you feel! I have a four-year-old and he gets away from me often and I'm big. :(

We'll do this, baby!!!! We'll get fit!

Rachel said...

It is so funny that I stumbled upon your blog today, because I, like you, cannot be sent to Staples. I'm a college student, so I had to go yesterday and it was bad. What's funny is that I have the same exact day planner except mine has two days a page, because I didn't want to buy two separate ones.

I LOVE lists, though. Just makes everything so neat and organized.

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