I've been a bad girl this year and have been spending waaaaaaaay tooooooo much time trying different planners and different planning systems. I feel like I've tried just about everything out there.
However, during my journey to find planner peace, I've learned a few things about myself and what I need.
1. The planning method(s) I've used in the past doesn't necessarily work for me anymore. As most of you know, I was a Franklin Covey girl for 20 years. The Franklin system didn't work perfectly for me (no system is perfect) but it worked well enough that I could keep my ducks in a pretty decent row. However, things have changed. I'm not the person I used to be and I don't live the life I used to. The Franklin method could work for me now if I wanted it to, but I don't want it to. I'm tired of it and it doesn't feel like a good fit any more. I could make it work but it would take too much effort.
2. My planning needs are different. When I used Franklin Covey, my life was different than it is now. I needed structure. I needed a place to record information. I needed what Franklin had to offer. But I don't need that type of system anymore. My life is much less structured than it used to be and my schedule changes frequently. I don't have a lot of appointments and I don't write as many notes. I do still have a lot to do but most of it isn't time sensitive - it just needs to be done some time in the near future.
3. I've never liked having a to-do list and I like it less now. I HATE being told what to do - especially by a stupid to-do list. Do you know how many of my to-do lists were undone simply because I chose not to do what I planned because I didn't want to be told what to do??? I don't have an exact number but I'm guessing there were a lot. Something about writing it on a list for the day makes me go into rebellion mode. And as bad as I was in the past, I'm worse now.
4. I know what to do. In the past, I wandered around the house not knowing what to do next if I didn't have a list. That's not usually the case any more. I've been doing this long enough (homemaking) that I pretty much know what needs to be done without a list telling me. Don't get me wrong - I still need a list on certain days and for certain tasks - but not like I used to.
5. I don't care as much. In the past, I was diligent about staying on top of everything all the time. I almost always made dinner; did the laundry; cleaned the house. Now I don't care as much. David and I are pretty tidy most of the time so the house doesn't ever look too bad. If I don't get the laundry done on its scheduled day, it's not a big deal. If I skip making dinner, we fend for ourselves or go out. The things that were SO important to me back then don't matter as much. I'd rather spend time with my grandkids than cleaning. Don't misunderstand - I still clean and cook and do laundry - I'm just not as stressed out about it.
There's more but you get the idea. So as I've considered my options in light of these changes, I know the best system for me right now is Getting Things Done. I've tried it several times in the past but I've given up too soon. David Allen says in the book that it takes time to build the system and to work out the bugs. So I'm going to try it again but this time I'm going to give it more time.
And this time I'm going to take you along with me. It's time to Get Some Things Done!
MY ASSIGNMENT THIS WEEK: Re-read the book (from cover to cover - not just the interesting parts) and then set up my paper planner.