Friday, 30 June 2017

Falling off the planner precipice

So, I had been teetering near the edge for a while before it happened.  Each week I got a little closer until the day I fell and it all went wrong.  Let me start at the beginning....

I have been having a lot of work done on my house which meant people coming and going, mess and inconvenience.  I packed away my planning supplies, washi tape, stamps and stickers because I didn't have enough time or space to use them while the repairs went on and I left myself with just my planner and pencil case to use daily for a month or so.  

Planner and pen

In the beginning I wrote my notes, reminders and to do lists in pen or pencil, then I moved on to typing them into the calendar on my phone and iPad instead and then I made my terrible mistake.... I told myself "I will remember that".  Of course I didn't.  

This led to my spectacular failure, I went to visit my mum for her birthday with my children, presents, balloons and a cake on the wrong day!  Oh the shame!  Thankfully I was a day early and not late but I still felt terrible.  Trying to juggle everything in my head instead of setting things out clearly on paper was a massive error on my part and one I don't want to repeat again!  Last weekend I liberated my stationery and planned my week ahead meticulously, I also added an extra sprinkling of washi and stickers to cheer me up after my faux pas. 

The work on my house isn't finished yet but I am going to keep using my planner properly from now on.  I now know my brain can't be trusted to organise five people's lives without some extra help!

I guess you can't really call it a planner fail if you weren't using your planner in the first place so we'll just call it a blip and move forward instead! 


  1. We have all been there! I haven't been using my work planner only for it to bite me in the rear, so last night I worked on new work trackers just so it doesn't happen again.

    Maybe it's just something we all do in the summer?!

    1. Thanks for making me feel better about it Mary! I am glad I'm not alone. I do tend to plan less in the summer because when the school holidays start I have a lot less to do and to remember but I think I went into holiday mode too early this year!

  2. O, this so me! If I do not use my planner, I will not get anything done! I need to put things on paper and organize it.
    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thank you so much for reminding me of this. I am in a phase(?) where I am not using my planner well and am running around all day (getting none of the important stuff done). I agree that we all fall into this sometimes, but really I don't like the mental chaos that ensues :) :) :)

    1. Me either Carolyn, I should never have stopped putting pen to paper and making plans!