Hmmm... let me think about this question...
Is my planner actually failing, or am I just too distracted, trying to cram too many things in one place, and not using my system properly...?
So let's try and work this out:
Do I love my current binder? Holborn Zip - yes, of course I do
|Who wouldn't love this sleek baby?|
Am I using the inserts appropriately? Well... I look at them and they make me smile...lots... does
that count? Heck - thought not :o(
OK, so I see the problem is me, not my inserts, so what am I doing wrong? Time for honesty - I am not being disciplined with regard to checking my personal items which need doing.
The last few weeks have been filled up with monthend (monthend tasks never go in my Filofax as we have a shared master checklist for this), writing up my 'Yellow Belt' project (a most hideous experience) and working on another project. The other main person working on this project was in our Zürich office with me all last week and we had a brief run through of where we were and what we needed to achieve, and so my poor filo didn't get much action.
However, I had a HUGE list of personal to do's to get through, and even though my Holborn was open on my desk all week, I barely looked at him apart from to think how lovely he and his inserts looked, and that the list was huge and I really needed to get some of those tasks done TONIGHT... every night... It is now Sunday night, and although some of the tasks are done, there are still a lot not done (way too much to get through in one weekend). It didn't help that I left the beloved on my desk at work overnight on a few occasions, forgetting the fact that I have everything else in there that I need to do when I get home, so nothing gets done.
|OK - it's quite a list that I need to get through...|
Putting them all together seemed to work for a while, but recently things have been pretty hectic again, and the personal stuff always ends up taking a back seat to work stuff... I know, I know, that's not how it should be, but that's just how I roll.
So I got to thinking, what could make me start using me Filofax successfully again? Could I:
a) Just do it!!! Stop being so bloody lazy and get on with it...
b) Go back to my old set up of sensible, professional looking inserts, to stoop me being
distracted every time I open my filo (yes, I am frequently likened to Dory from Finding
|Very clean and practical... and I do love them and writing on fresh clean sheets of paper|
I have considered these options and have discovered some things about myself along the way:
a) until I have a major consequence of my failing to do a personal task I will probably continue
to leave these until they are late. I try really hard not to, but that's probably the truth. I am an
atrocious procrastinator. I probably spend more time planning to do things, and weighing up
whether I should do things or not, than I actually spend doing things.
b) this would probably help as with 'normal' paper I was more disciplined with the use of my
filo... but I like my funky paper... The nice paper that I have is pretty distracting, and as there
is less structure and the paper is so 'busy' it does make it more of a challenge to identify what
has been done and what still needs doing, and it does make it easier to get overwhelmed by
the sheer volume of tasks.
|A bit on the busy side...|
filo' philosophy, not because it doesn't work for me, but because I don't feel that I need to
carry my work planning everywhere any more. I don't need to take it home every night. I
think that all I really need to have with me is my appointments info so I can easily check if I
am free on a particular day (though it is pretty rare for me to need to check anything like that
when I'm not at work).
Things I have discovered about myself:
- I procrastinate too much (I'm sure my DF has told me this before)
- I am easily distracted by random things (If I am 'in the zone' at work, nothing can distract
me, but if I'm having one of those days where I'm struggling to get into it properly, I get
distracted by everything).
So... what to do...?
Do I split my life between two filos, saving my pretty stuff for my personal filo... or do I stick with the one life one filo A5 for a bit longer with more appropriate inserts?
Well, monthend starts again soon, and then I'm on holiday for a couple of weeks, so I have to sort out a travel filo for the trip so don't really have time to set up two more filos from scratch.
Let's see what a streamlined A5 will look like...
Well, I started writing this last night and got into work this morning to receive my special delivery so I have to include that in this post before carrying on any further as it's just too exciting.
I have been waiting for these to come for the last week as I knew they had arrived with my friend but I couldn't actually get to them, no suspense in this one as I have already blogged about them as I was too excited to keep it to myself so without further ado, please welcome my two new babies:
|Boxed and beautiful|
|A5 purple Malden|
|There's nothing wrong with these rings!!!|
Once I'd photographed these new darlings it was time to get back to the serious business of getting my filo set up sorted.
As you can see - it was getting a bit stuffed. It is a bit annoying when you can't add any more sheets to the front because the rings are too full and if you open them without going to the middle of the inserts then the front ones all fall off the rings...
|But kinda full...|
This means I am left with most of my set up left much as it was before, with the main change being that the WO2P has been moved out and the MO2P is now my main diary insert, with a few sheets of various random, non-matching sheets of paper in between... will stick with photos now as I have waffled for way too long...
|No before pic for this one, but it's feeling quite skinny now|
|No more sticky notes - but I had to add a few sheets of Supercat to liven it up a bit|
|MO2P - will see how this works when I have to add appointments, but I don't usually have many, so it should be OK|
|Yes, I know it's still busy - but I'm going to give it a fair trial :o)|