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Thoughts on planners, part 2, or: my life is too scheduled

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Going off of yesterday’s scintillating post about my freaky planner-buying habits, I’ve come to the conclusion that my life is too scheduled.  As I mentioned, I have at least 4 calendars all within easy viewing distance of my work space and I carry at least 2 with me at all times (my phone and my planner–really it should be surgically attached to my body so I don’t have to take up precious space in my bag for it.  But I do anyway.  That‘s the long-term relationship I’m in, people.)

But are these endless lists and calendars really making us productive?  I have a list of tasks in my Google calendar plus another list written on a Post-It in my planner.  (You can see my awesome list-making skills here.)  Think about it: you write the same event into each of your calendars.  For me, that’s 4 times.  If you write it down wrong, you’re screwed 4 times over.  If you need to change a time or deadline, you need to find it and change it 4 times.  Are we getting the schedule and order we crave or are we just making lists and never getting around to “to-doing” them?

Maybe I just like making things look all orderly and pretty so I can have a sense of purpose when I set out to being/complete a task.  Maybe I just like having everything in my face so I don’t forget to do something.  But maybe it’s just stressing me out; that Post-It is just staring me down, saying you’ll never cross everything off so don’t even try.  Do these lists really help?!

I don’t know.  I just know I need to write “ponder the efficacy of lists” in my 4 calendars and see what becomes of it.


Author: Angelica Ross

Coffee addict, Post-It aficionado, Sharpie fanatic. I live and work in Pittsburgh, pin lots of recipes I'll never make, and I love the Oxford comma. Sometimes I write about advertising, other times I write about general life happenings; no matter what, I always try to entertain.

One thought on “Thoughts on planners, part 2, or: my life is too scheduled

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