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... ;)