staying on task


I love planners. Ever since grade school. I would always decorate them with stickers and use those sparkly gel pens. And I’d always get so excited about them every year. In college even more so, since the school used pictures of the students in them and I always hoped there was some flattering picture of me across the pages.

Not much has changed since that time… Including my terrible habit of promptly neglecting my planner a few months in.

It’s because of this that I was really hesitant to spend too much money on one this year. I know a lot of people have their favorite planners that they swear by… I just had a hard time justifying $50 on a planner I wasn’t absolutely in love with.

I wanted a book that had the monthly calendar view for the year, as well as weekly pages split with a page for notes. Finding that was a lot harder than I thought. In the end, I chose one from Paper Source that’s been working really well. Monthly calendar views in the front, weekly pages split with notes.

I’m making a strong effort to use it daily. (Or at least weekly.) What’s different this time? I’m a bit more serious about my goals this year. Not that I haven’t been in the past, but with a lot of what I’m doing being disconnected from each other, I want a way to see all my goals and my steps toward them at once.

It’s about finding balance. If I can see what steps I’m taking one week on a certain project, I know what sort of free time I have for other projects. And if using nice felt-tipped, colorful markers helps me stay motivated, then that’s ok with me.

It’s only Monday and I’ve already used up half of this week’s notes section! Pretty sure this will happen more often than not.