Wednesday, January 11, 2017

How Can I Plan without a Planner?

This one's pretty, but not quite what I was looking for.
Photo: Miphotography via Pixabay
I've been looking for a calendar for several months now. I knew exactly what I wanted, and I knew exactly where I found the last two.

But this year, I came up empty. I suspect they were available in July and August -- back when I didn't think about needing one -- but by the time I was in search of one in November, they were gone.

I tried choosing another one -- going a different way -- but, when it comes to planners, I'm a bit like Goldilocks. It's not the temperature that matters, though.

It's the simplicity.

My writing planner is where I track my progress, and, sometimes, my ideas. I don't need bells and whistles and extra sections--just a space in which I can track each day's accomplishments in a few words. In this case, smaller is better.

But no planner at all is a bit too small.

Last Friday night, we made our usual trip to Target. There, in the dollar bins, was not just one kind of calendar, but a selection of them! For a dollar!

Would you be surprised if I told you I came home with two?

I know this seems like a big fuss over a bunch of paper bound together, but my writing calendar is more than just the sum of its papery parts. It's a visual reminder to complete an obligation. It's a place to keep track of what I've done, and what I hope to do. It's a written record of time spent in pursuit of goals and dreams.

That's a lot of responsibility for a one dollar calendar.

But I think this one is up to the task.


  1. Yes, planners matter, and we all have to find the one that works for us. I'm also using the Kanban board now and loving it. It's great seeing my goals move from Options to Doing to Done.

  2. Gloria, I'm so sorry I missed this comment! I'm not familiar with the Kanban board. Is it paper-and-pencil or electronic? It sounds cool!