In another effort to be a bit more simplification-focused, I got a new kind of planner today. Typically, I try to find weekly planners that also have month-views so that I can plan ahead (more like, worry ahead). In fact, I’ve been pretty picky about the planners I will use for that reason–I keep looking for something that will allow me to get as much detail and as much information onto one page as possible.
Well, while looking for a planner today, I found a daily planner, which has lots of space for notes and lists, but also is laid out such that I can only see two days at a time. At first, I completely rejected that layout. How would I know I had an important test to study for on Friday if I couldn’t see the whole week beginning Monday? And then I realized, I’ll remember. I never really have a problem laying out my calendar in my mind, yet I am still obsessed with laying everything out and seeing it visually on paper. Why?
I think in part it’s my own version of ‘productive procrastination,’ or doing something that seems to be important or necessary (but actually isn’t) to avoid being the most productive I could be. Or to just relish the fact that I have things to do. Either way, it’s giving me less down time and making me stress more.
So, I decided to give myself a break. I’m trying a daily planner in the hopes that it’ll keep me a bit more focused on the present. After all, what’s more important than the actual day at hand?
Plus, it gives me a bit more of an opportunity to use my ‘planner’ dually as a notebook for random thoughts or daily quotes. Because if I’m not constantly flipping to various pages all the time, I won’t feel the need to conserve space or make things look clean and precise. I can relish writing on each empty page that is turned with each new day.
Or, so I tell myself. High hopes for a planner? Maybe. But who says high hopes are a bad thing?