As I had mentioned in my Blog Break Reflection post, one of my main goals for 2016 was to evaluate not just my planning system, but my planner itself. At the time, I had been using my Franklin Covey Polka Dot since November. After adding sections, customizing inserts and stuffing in so much that I could be stranded on a desert island and still have everything I need, I realized that I had gone overboard (no pun intended!). I needed to toss all the irrelevant stuff and go back to basics. To streamline the process and rid myself of the additional weight I had added to it and keep only what I absolutely, truly need. In order for me to do that, I realized that I had not only needed to downsize the contents, but the container itself. Heads up – lots of photos and links to past posts follow!
Let’s set the scene.
The year was 1995. Where I was working at the time, we were still using DOS system and pin-feed printers (the kind that you feed green and white striped perforated paper into). We had just gotten a shiny, pretty (translation: modern) computer where we installed this accounting software called QuickBooks and the bookkeeper in me had panicked because I didn’t know how to use it (today, I’m now a certified pro advisor, but I digress). The internet was still a baby, I had a ‘car’ phone that came in a black case and plugged into my lighter. Cell phones the size of credit cards that can house a plethora of mobile apps were most likely a speckle deep in the crevices of Steve Jobs’ brain. Yes, we’re talking about the good ol’ days when ‘text’ was considered typed content – on paper – , sending messages and documents required an envelope and postage, a phone call was the quickest way to get a hold of someone and people sitting across from each other in a restaurant actually ‘talked’ to each other. There was no Hulu, Tivo or OnDemand so if I didn’t watch Melrose Place live on Monday’s at 9pm I was screwed until the repeats.
Oh, and my monthly subscription to Mademoiselle Magazine was delivered to my mail box, not my inbox. I looked forward to each and every issue and greedily devoured articles. Especially one particular one.
That set me on my planner journey path.
I’m all about getting the most out of my day so being productive with my time is very important to me having a balanced life. I follow various productivity blogs and sites because I’m not above a good idea or advice. I’m always learning and on the lookout for functional and effective processes. But just because an expert touts a method to manage your day/tasks/calendar doesn’t mean that it’s right for everyone. We all have different lives, different means and different schedules. What may work for a stay-at-home mom may not work for a single working woman. And when we’re looking for the next best way to manage our time and get more done, we sometimes can get bogged down downloading and testing out a myriad of apps or systems that are not right for our lifestyle, only to have them end up being abandoned.
Until the next new thing comes along.
Hi everyone. This past Saturday, I was honored to be featured under the spotlight on the Philofaxy website. Thank you to Steve for allowing me the opportunity. You can read all about my humble planner beginnings here.