Yesterday after work I went to Staples and got myself a small planner. I’m gonna get my life together! (Well, ok, *sort of* together.)
It has a pretty cover.
In my previous job, I had a google calendar on my work account that other people could see, and I could see theirs. This made meeting planning more easy. For personal life, I wrote things on scraps of paper.
In my academic job before that, I had a large paper planner with 1 page per day and I wrote EVERYTHING in there, which was the only way I stayed sane. Haircuts, office hours, meetings, to-do lists, deadlines, birthdays, everything.
Now, I have too many scraps of paper and work calendars aren’t great. I was hoping to share an electronic one with my boss, but she has an idiosyncratic system so that’s not gonna work. So! For the first time in like FOUR YEARS I am going back to an integrated calendar for work and life. It’ll be on paper so I don’t have to log into anything to see it wherever I am. And it’s pretty. I discovered I needed it when I (finally!) made a haircut appointment and had no good place to write it down.
Isn’t it great how many varieties of little notebooky things there are these days???
It’s really hard to find perfection. I spent a long time at Staples. The good news is, they have many customizable and build-your-own options there, so you can put in the types of pages you want. (task-planning? to-do list? month-per-page? day-per-page? etc.)
I think there’s some metaphors for life in the above.
#2 has a Moleskine notebook that isn’t perfect, but she’s satisficing. (Perfect was the free calendars that various professional groups used to give away each year before everyone had online calendars on their phones instead.) Her DH keeps all the family stuff on Google calendars, but #2 hasn’t switched over yet (plus her work is still on Outlook calendar(!)), though she does have google calendar on her computers and phone. There’s still something nice about being able to flip through a paper book to see things and to be able to write things down with a pen instead of thumbs (plus I’m bad about keeping my phone on me– I often leave it attached to a charger, whereas my dayplanner generally stays in its dedicated spot in my Binh bag when not in use).
How do you plan your life, your work and everything? Are you old school paper? 100% electronic? 100% memory? 100% personal assistant? Do you integrate work and life or have separate systems for separate spheres? How has your planning changed over the years?