Sunday, March 10, 2013

Do You Use a Planner?


I've found over the years that I'm the kind of person who likes to do too much of too many things.  That's okay, I'm one of those people who likes that kind of thing. Even when I'm relaxing, I'm usually multi-tasking and doing something productive too.  Crazy, I know, but I like it. It suits me.

Last summer I decided I to write a blog, this blog.  I thought it would be no big deal, a fun place to put up giveaways and talk about the kids.  And I was right. It is a good place for both.  BUT it's so much more than that too, way more than I could ever have imagined.  This blog is a huge time suck (bloggers everywhere are nodding their head in agreement) and what's worse, I don't mind because it's investing time in something I really like to do (still nodding, aren't you?).



I like the people who come to visit, I like the blog hops where I get to see so many other blogs, and I like that it expands my horizons (see sentence number one). Now I also find myself saving recipes to make (some of which we actually do), attempting crafts (some successful, some not so much so), and even considering outlandish things I know I could never accomplish successfully...painting old furniture comes to mind.

Note pertaining to the above:  Danni (from Silo Hill Farm) and I have lightly discussed painting a piece of furniture, each in our respective homes, and blogging about it at the same time.  I blame Suzan from Simply Vintageous...by Suzan.  She makes it look so darn easy.  Everyone knows though, that those with a niche, or who are just naturally incredibly wonderful at things DO make them look easy.  That does not mean those of us with serious paint skill deficiencies should attempt to paint furniture (talking about me, not Danni whom I am sure would do perfectly fine work).  Of course, that doesn't mean I've ruled it out...you won't know for sure unless you try, right (see what I mean, I'm stubborn about being busy, even when I know the results are likely to turn out poorly).


What all of that means is that my time is shorter than usual because I still have my fifty-five thousand other obligations, and only a select few time slots in the day where I can do them (including the blog).

And now I've started to inquire about sponsored posts, reviews, and maybe I'll even attempt trying to get ads or sponsors too (because that all sounds like fun, and more work!). Today I came home from the grocery store and noticed I could not see 2/3 of my dining room table because it's covered with little stacks of things I need to do.  I hate disorganization, and I'm not a list-maker (hubby is a total list maker, he makes enough lists for both of us).  But a lot of these obligations have deadlines and such that I don't want to miss...so I'm considering a planner.


In fact, for the first time I can remember in my life, I've got a planner sitting on my desk (I've owned it for three years and never touched it).  I went and dug it out of the closet this morning.

Now I'm wondering if I should bother to use it.
Do you use a planner?

If so, are you diligent about keeping it up and using it to keep you on track?
Does it help?  Is it worth the time?

I'm going to make the leap and attempt it, just as soon as I get the time to fill it in... ;)

85 comments:

  1. Yes, I have a paper planner and I don't know what I would do without it. However, I had one last year that I liked WAY better and they went out of business, so I'm limping along with this new one. It's working ok, but it's a wee bit small. I'll keep looking for the perfect one.

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    1. Mine's still sealed in cellophane. I have no idea what it looks like in there yet. :) You're right though, finding one that is a good it is going to be important if I do like using it.

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  2. I have started out using a planner before, but I never keep up with it,.... so for me it isn't worth my time.

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    1. Thanks, Terry, for your feedback. I'm not sure how I'll do on upkeep either...we'll see. :)

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  3. I really should use a planner i find notes written everywhere around the house it would probably be better to contain everything in one place

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    1. My husband writes as a hobby and I find things written all over the place...napkins, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, lol.

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  4. Yeah it is just another waste of time, I just keep everything I have to do in my head and that is that. And agreed on big time suck, I work more for free on the blog then I do at actual work where I get paid lol

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    1. Agreed! If we got paid for the hours logged onto the blog, equally to what we're paid for F2F time, the paycheck would be mighty sweet, I predict. :)

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  5. <3 it! Found you through the Sunday link up!!!
    Already a follower. I host a weekly "Friday" link up hop with a give-a-way. Come check us out it runs through Tuesdays and a winner announced on Wednesdays.
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    1. Headed over your way to follow back. Thanks for the visit.

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  6. I use a planner and it has been amazing! Before I got it I would use my phone but that became a pain.

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    1. I know a lot of people do use their phones, but we're still old school cell phones and haven't converted over to the smarty pants ones yet. :)

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  7. I don't use a planner per se - BUT I write notes - constantly - of what I have to do -
    I LOVE ticking things off............:)
    Sometimes I rewrite the notes so that I've accomplished everything I was supposed to do lmho - and write another list with the things I didn't get around to doing.
    XOX

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    1. I like the mentally tick things off...but I always add to the lists and feel like there's never enough 'ticks.' ;)

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  8. I have two planner--the things I need done --my list--and the planner for the home school--of where we are-where we need to be--and whats next--I can look back and see if we are making our goals--it is soooooo helpful

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    1. Ohh, I like things organized but you're talking the kind of organized I dream of being! :)

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  9. Yeah I'm not the planner type. I need to be reminded of things I need to do but if I'm writing them in a planner I'm just procrastinating. ;-)

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    1. Whew, I'm still laughing at your salmon post. My mom used to give it to us out of the can...good thing we never saw what it looked like, ew. :/ :)

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  10. I keep it even more simple than a planner, and just write down my 5-6 super important tasks every night for the next day. If one of them doesn't get checked off, I move it to the next list. It works, and keeps me focused and prioritized.

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    1. Sounds systematic...and systematic almost always works. :)

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  11. I don't use a planner but I have my daily "to-do" list that I try to accomplish by the end of the day. And you are so right about blogging sucking up so much time--but I love every second of it!!!

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    1. My daily to-do list is mental, and so suffering to get done on time even once.

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  12. I do have a planner and last week I started using the day slots by putting my to do and if I don't get to it I carry it over. There is nothing I like more than a finished list so it is working or me.

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    1. I'm glad you have a system that works. Thank you for your input. Your Disney series, by the way, was awesome.

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  13. I still use the old school paper planner, it's easy to use and it doesn't have any software that needs updating.

    Thanks for visiting my site today.

    Allen

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    1. The one I'm considering using is paper. I'm always scared digital will get lost since I don't back it up on Cloud. Thanks for the visit back.

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  14. I really should keep a planner, but I tend to keep it all stored in my head. It's a wonder I haven't forgotten anything yet, but I feel it's coming.

    I do keep a boat load of notes and such to myself in my email. I am constantly scrolling through my inbox for messages I have sent myself for things I need to remember.

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    1. Oh my gosh, this is my system down to a T, and I laughed that you e-mail yourself stuff to do. I do the same, with a date in the subject line, lolol

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  15. I used to love my Franklin planner but have since converted almost everything to my phone - Cozi (free) for family calendar and menu planning, to do app for tasks with specific due dates and a small notebook that fits in my purse for everything else - especially the random notes.

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    1. I haven't heard of a Franklin planner, but of course I have to go Google it now to take a look. :)

      Thanks for your visit.

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  16. Hehe, I have a schedule I keep so that I can get everything done. :) You're amazing in all you do, though. :)

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    1. Said the person with a bazillion wonderful projects on her website! :)

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  17. I never used a planed until recently. And I'm sure it will come in handy once baby arrives. I'm like you...I love to multi-task...I usually am doing a few things at once. Wishing you a wonderful Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Xoxo
    Maria

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    1. I can totally see you as a multi-tasker. :)

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  18. Following you back from the blog hop. I love planners and start using them with enthusiasm, but then ... I stop using them after awhile.

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    1. I do that with 'post a day' items on the blog. I know not to even start them because I won't finish them. I tried one w/Christmas songs during the holidays...not sure I even lasted a week. ;)

      Thanks for the visit.

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  19. I totally use a planner. But I'm also an obsessive list maker :) So my planner just helps me to somewhat contain the amount of sticky notes, to-do lists, menus, calendars and other little papers that clutter my desk and a significant amount of walls in the house:)

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    1. Sounds like the life and paperwork of a typical blogger (raising my hand). :)

      Thanks for the visit.

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  20. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I'm now a follower of you as well. =)

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  21. You blog is amazing! :-) Being a new blogger I can start to see a need for some kind of planner to help balance my time.

    I am a new follower - Thank you for stopping by http://christyscraftycorner.blogspot.com/ and following me.

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  22. YES. I would be totally lost without my planner. With all the kids activities, my own exercise class schedule, Chris's reserve schedule and the million other things I have going on, without my planner I would never know where I needed to be lol.

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    1. I noticed your posts go up on a very regular schedule, so I'm not a bit surprised to hear you're very good at being organized. ;)

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  23. I use a digital planner (my phone's memo function) and have several items/reminders per day because my memory is terrible and I would never remember them on my own :)

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    1. My oldest keeps track of things just like that too. :)

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  24. Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog. Love this post! I am a new blogger and had no idea how much time I would spend blogging....I knew nothing about blog hops, link-up's, give aways, sponsors, etc. I still don't know a whole lot. I do find myself seeing recipes and crafts I want to try, as well as bigger projects like painting old furniture as you mention, but I know my painted furniture wouldn't turn out looking as nice as someone else. You should see my dining room! I'm lucky if I can see 1/4 of my dining room table, and it's the 1st room you walk into when you walk up the stairs....not attractive! I don't have a planner, but have thought of getting one or using my phone because I hate my disorganization and poor time management. Following via GFC :)

    Jackie
    www.thenonmarthamomma.com

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    1. Yeah, that's exactly what I'm thinking...that without a planner I may be actually wasting time. I guess that's what I'm searching for, a way to have a little more time in the day.

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  25. I'm already a follower! Thank you for stopping by the Deezy Does It! Pimp-Out/Showcase and linking up.
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  27. Stopping by from Pimp Out/Showcase. New follower. :)

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  28. I currently use a small spiral bound notebook to plan out all of my content on my sites, but honestly it does not keep me as organized as I hoped....

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    1. If I've got a ton of things I'll write them down, but then I don't look at the list, which doesn't help a bit. Maybe a professional method like the planner will inspire me to take a peek at least once a day.

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  29. I don't. I have a calender in my computer that tells me what to do though.

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    1. Automatic pop up reminders are the best. I haven't used them for a long time though.

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  30. Grant and I use Google Calendar which is nice because we can both access it from where ever.I have a planner that I bring with me when making appointments. As far as the blog, I like to make lists in a word document that I will print out. It's nice to cross things off of the list!

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    1. My husband dances while he's crossing things off. And then shows me the list too, as if I didn't hear him narrating while crossing things out, lol. ;)

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  31. I used to use a planner,but now I utilize the calendar in my smartyphone and that is pretty awesome. I know the man that invented the Franklin Planner and he still uses one today because he is 85 and can't transition to a smartyphone.

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  32. I don't use a planner because it seemed to take up so much time with entries and was a pain to carry around. I do use a TO DO app on my phone which works great as my mobile list. when I remember to look at it, LOL.

    Let us know how the planner works for you!

    Holly

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    1. I thought I was going to start it today, but I'm done w/what I need to do today, except for a volunteering gig at the library (kiddo's school)...so I think I'll fill it in tonight for things starting tomorrow. I hope.

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  33. I've always loved the idea of planners but don't really use them. I have Outlook and I have a calendar on my iPhone for necessary appts but I just can't seem to follow up with an actual planner.
    Doesn't mean I won't go buy one that kicks ass just to have one though!! LOL

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    1. Totally laughing at your purchasing comment. I can so relate (admitted meekly). ;)

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  34. I don't use a planner, but I do put things in my phone that I don't want to forget. I put stuff in my calendar and have different lists going like grocery list, to do list, etc. It helps me to remember important things!

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    1. I always say I don't do lists, but I do actually do a grocery list, or add to the one Mr. has started. I'd be lost w/o that list.

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  35. I have a blank one sitting on my desk right now :P I really need to start using it as the digital versions have left me in uncomfortable situations.

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    1. Ah...do tell! You should blog about it when a space on your planner opens up (hehehe). :)

      My blank one's on my desk too. And I bet I don't get to it today either, who knew these things were so hard to fit in. Habit... I suppose, like anything. :)

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  36. Oh Rosey I am in the exact same boat and I am tryiong really hard to come up with a way to do it all. I dont think it matters how many times we read the - blogging takes heaps of time we just donn't get it until we start. On the other hand I do love it. It gives me new contacts from around the world heaps of fun and it's new friends who I would've never met. Today I am trying to use my iPad and come up with a schedule :)

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    1. Totally agreeing, and I heard your Australian accent on your video today, which was awesome. :)

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  37. i should have a planner... i get them,but then never really use them like they should be...
    one day.......... one day...........

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  38. I put stuff on my calender too and it gets me by. But I really should have a planner ... some day!

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    1. Every year I make a pre-printed calendar with the birthdays on it, and this year I didn't and I'm so lost w/o it, scrambling around at the last second to get gifts out in time!

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  39. It's been years [decades] since I've used a planner. I was nodding with you all the way on blogging. Have a great week Rosey.

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    1. You have a great week too. I was happy to read your foot's feeling better today. :)

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  40. I nodded all the way through your writing.
    YES.
    I love blogging because it's mine. Me.
    But sometimes I'm just wondering what am I doing? :)
    But then I love blogging, learning, sharing, meeting people etc.

    And GIRL. I NEED an organizer.
    I'm getting one. NOW. Listed on the next grocery list....well if I can push the budget. I already get anxiety attacks.

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    1. I knew that 'it's busy but I love it' thing would resonate with bloggers. :)

      I need to do something... I'm hoping the organizer is just the easy thing I need to lose that, 'what's due today?' thing. :)

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  41. I love using a planner, and after seeing so many pretty ones out "there"...I just had to buy a prettier one this year. =)

    I use post it notes alot in my planner..on some errands and things to not forget at the store..and write in all of my birthdays and anniverseries, etc..

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    1. So you use it for everything, that's a good idea too. Then I'd just have a one-stop-shop for keeping things straight.

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  42. I use the planner on my phone sometimes. And we have schedules and calendars all over the place with various schedules. My husband's EMT schedule is up on the bulletin board in the living room,along with a few other random notes. On the fridge is where I keep notes for things for Elliott (like parent teacher conferences, birthday party invitations, ball games and practices, etc). We have a dry erase board on the fridge that is a calendar, and I do always move important stuff onto it, in addition to sticking the paper copy on the fridge as well.

    When I still worked outside the home, I had a pocket planner that I kept up with, but it's just not something that I've done over the last few years. It was really necessary back then, though, since I didn't have a set schedule.

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    1. That's exactly it for me, so many different things (no set schedule). I am happy to report I have started writing in my planner. Woot!

      YOU sound very busy! :)

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  43. I don't but really should

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I started mine...it's hard to pigeon hole deadlines though because some have a time frame of due between such and such. I think I need one with a blank page at the start of each week (in addition to the calendar). ;)

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