a blog where I write what I feel like
Hi all. It’s been a busy few days. Today is the CRW mini-con, last night was my investment club (The Queens of Green) and the first part of my week was taken up with getting back into the swing of fall. Fall is the time when my year starts. (I know it’s weird.) Everyone’s schedules change, summer is over and the world picks up its pace.
This year I am starting my fall by regressing. I am going back to the paper Franklin Planner. Unfortunately the Franklin Planner doesn’t start its year till January, but with the difficulty I have getting things together, it might take that long to purchase binder and date filler, so in the meantime I have a cheapie daytimer that doesn’t have near enough room for my to-dos filling in the space.
Why am I going back to paper? Why not fork out the money for a smart phone and hot sync it to my email and calendar aps? Well, besides being terribly cheap I’ve found that the action of physically writing down what I need to do helps it stick in my memory. And boy do I need some memory super-glue.
I’m great on regular happenings, or very unusual got-to-do-it now deadlines, but it’s the somewhat important, but not a regular activity that slides through my brain. Maybe it’s because I’d rather be writing than doing anything else. Maybe it’s because I can’t hold everything in there at once, but somehow I miss out on things that are important. The brain just can’t hold on to everything.
Then there is the to-do list. I have a tremendous list of to-dos. I have long-term goals and short-term goals. Winner goals and Superstar goals. Thanks to Margie Lawson’s Defeating Self-defeating Behaviors I am able to recognize when my goals are unproductive and change my goal-setting to suit my needs (see this weeks Moonday Mania for details). But I still need to write them down. And like Margie says, there is something satisfying about physically checking off those to-dos with a red pen.
So I’m back to the paper planner, and one that is focused on goals. Yearly goals drive the monthly goals that are separated into daily goals. Just like my Writing GIAM goal setting loop. Just like writing a book. Goodbye technology, and hello pen and paper!