Of course, I’m organized and I do love my life when it’s planned up to a point. And I do have issues when something planned doesn’t actually goes as planned but that’s for another time. To make sure that I don’t plan two things at the same time or forget an important meeting, I also use other planning tools: a monthly wall planner at home and Google Calendar.
Monthly wall planner at home
I believe I first used a month wall calendar in my bedroom when I still live at my parent’s. I could write down anything I wanted and keep track of everything at the same time. It helped me a lot with my part-time jobs, CEGEP class schedule, friends and family events. At one point, I stopped using it and it ended up in the trash. It was probably not to my decor taste any more or so dirty that I couldn’t erase the marks. At the beginning of 2017, I clean my office at home so I could only have what I need to work and be focused on the task ahead. Of course, there’s also some decor on that table to keep it alive like scented candles and pictures frames.
That’s when I bought another monthly wall calendar at Indigo. The design was simple so I could maximise the space of the wall calendar and I was convinced that it will last a long time because of it. Like my other planners, I didn’t really use it in July and realized that I didn’t really need it in front of me in my office so I changed it to put it next to our kitchen and entry way so my husband and I can consult it for family and friends events. We also write down any work-related event that is out of our regular schedule and birthdays. It’s now more easy to know what’s coming up and plans meals and even the week ahead.
It’s no surprise these days that someone uses an online or virtual calendar. Most companies now work with them along with our own calendar whether you have a work cell phone or not. I use it for two reasons: If by any circumstances I forget my planner at home, I still can plan on my computer or phone and check if it’s not in conflict with anything else. The other reason is that I can share my calendar with my man, my sister, everybody!
So why all those planners and journals and not just an online one? It’s simple really. When I write things down, I remember them better and I’m more prepared for what’s coming. I love being prepared, being ready. It’s almost an issue sometimes because when something doesn’t happen as planned, it’s driving me crazy. With time, I’m getting better at it and I’m less nervous when it happens now. Another reason is that way, it’s easy for me to make sure that I don’t book something when there’s something already and that I can do that wherever and whenever I have or need to.
Hope you enjoy this series with me about how I plan my everyday life and talk to you soon!