I probably should have picked a career as an Event Coordinator, or Wedding Planner.
Why, you ask. I am a planner by nature, and an organized one at that. It comes from my mother's side; my mother is a planner, her sisters and mother are planners, etc. etc. Why am I thinking about this right now? Well it's time for me to buy a 2011 planner. That's right, I'll stand up and admit it - I'm a paper planner girl. I am not anti-technology, far from it in fact. I use a computer all day long, I have a cell phone, an MP3 player.. And I really did try for a long time to try to get into using a palm pilot or keeping my calendar on my work computer - but it never worked for me. I am a write it down & cross it out kinda girl and I don't think I'll ever change.
Photo from Real Simple
My 2010 planner got quite a workout with our wedding and I'm in the market for a new one. Is it just me, or does anyone else have a planner that looks like this: stuffed to the brim with mail, paper, notes & paper and pages filled with "to do's" and "reminders"? My schedule got so busy that I would fill up the day, run into the margins, and then add post-it notes over it to add more stuff to do. Unfortunately there is no other way for me to stay organized.
In the past I have gotten a planner like the one above, with a week laid out on two pages - unfortunately, I think I need to expand. This year I took each day and drew a line down the middle. The left was a personal list, the right was a work one. I ran out of room on a LOT of days. So I might have to find one that gives me a little more room to write. I am also not a fan of the planners that have the pages laid out so that they have a whole day on the page with the times of the day written on the side. I don't know what time I'm going to call the gas company, I just have to do it.. I don't want to "schedule it", I just want to write it down. I am a list girl, like I said before, I like to write it down and cross it out.
I was raised on lists, my mother was the ultimate list maker and I learned that behavior from her. Every morning in the summer, my sister and I awoke to find our "list" of chores for the day. I remember my mother making her grocery store lists for the week. Still to this day when she has a party, she has a list of what needs to get done. Me, I make lists for everything - what I need to do & who I need to call, all of the stores I need to stop at on the weekend, grocery lists, Christmas lists... it even spilled into my work life - I make lists of what I need to work on, I even make lists for everyone else! I even found myself making a list of things I needed to do before our Halloween party... what is a girl to do?
Photo from Real Simple
So the search begins for the perfect planner - not too big, but not too small. It has to fit in my purse, but it has to have more room. I'm sure I'll stop by all the usual stores - Target, Office Max - but will I find the perfect one? Only time will tell. Fifty-Six days to find one, Fifty-Six days till the end of the year - and why do I know that? It's written in my planner.