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.