Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Planner Woes - Ready to Try Something New!


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.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post. I too am struggling with finding the right system. I have the book GTD, will follow along with you. I too, would rather spend time with my grandkids. I became an empty nester this last June and I have noticed things just don't get as dirty as before. Meals are less structured with just hubby & me. I will try to read the book too. Please share your planner when you get it setup. Thanks again.

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    1. I will, Jodi. I'm planning on lots of updates as I go through the process.

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  2. Thank you for this post. I too am struggling with finding the right system. I have the book GTD, will follow along with you. I too, would rather spend time with my grandkids. I became an empty nester this last June and I have noticed things just don't get as dirty as before. Meals are less structured with just hubby & me. I will try to read the book too. Please share your planner when you get it setup. Thanks again.

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  3. We've talked about this before…I don't like to-do lists either! I wrote something a to-do down a little while ago and I knew when I wrote it I would hate doing it. Luckily I was able to talk someone else into taking care of it. Missed you glad you're back!!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. Way to go with getting someone else to do it. It doesn't get any better than that.

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  4. Patty, I hate to do list too, and want rebell all time. Maybe that's why I write too long lists? I can rebell (not to do every tasks), but do enough?

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    1. Yes!!! I would rather have a really long to-do list so I can at least choose what I want to do rather than have a "realistic" list that requires me to do everything. Maybe it's about having choices.

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  5. This really resonated with me. I too am an empty nester and with just my husband and I there is no longer the need for such a structured system. My life doesn't have that many appointments to keep track of and my life revolves more around the grandchildren now. I have been struggling with finding the right system in the past couple of years. I will be very interested in seeing what your set up will be! I think I need to bring out that gem of a book again to refresh myself.

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    1. Nice to know I'm not the only one. I'll keep you posted.

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  6. Oh Patty, you're singing my song. I've loved and used the FC system throughout my Act 1, now that I'm onto Act 2 (empty nester) I don't need or appreciate THAT much structure. I've downsized from Classic to FF Personal W2P, but even that seems too much. I don't need to be told what to do and when to do, to run my household. So I have more of a DONE list, written in pink. Gratification!
    Glad to have found you again. Missed you!

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    1. I've done a "done" list frequently, too. Actually, I've probably been doing it that way all along without knowing it. I rarely have been able to actually follow a to-do list. Even when life was more predictable, I still didn't like being told what to do!

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