My new planner that I ordered way back in December finally yesterday. Just in time too, because I have been feeling a little all over the place this week…
I don’t know if you can relate to this, but I have a fairly low attention span. To be honest, I think I’ve had one for a long time. From my teenage days alternating between windows on the computer – a word document with a half-started homework assignment, MSN chats and MySpace were the usual suspects – to the smartphone/smart TV saturated world we’re currently living in, I really struggle to concentrate on one thing at a time. Even more so now that I have a toddler who needs a fair amount of attention.
In addition to my small attention span, I am also guilty of buying my share of diaries and planners over the years. From the moleskin diary I bought in 2011 when I started my first full time job (this purchase was heavily inspired by Ashley Olsen’s character in New York Minute) to the kikki.K planner I bought in 2014 – which was also followed by several years worth of refill pages. Like clockwork, every year I would have a brief surge of motivation to fill out the pages and then would all too soon forget about them and go back to being as disorganised as ever.
I’ve always liked the idea of a planner but have never been able to successfully maintain one. So why did I just buy a new one? Hear me out. Over the past year I have truly recognised my lack of organisation and have made a conscious effort to start writing things down. From to-do lists, meal planners and budgets, I’ve been working on developing these habits. This may sound weird, but I think no longer working has made it a lot easier to develop these habits. Maybe because I have a lot more free time to actually figure out what needs doing now!
I was not actively seeking out my new planner, you might say my new planner found me. I stumbled on it while scrolling Instagram and instantly knew I needed it. Rather than using multiple notebooks and apps to keep tabs on my to-do list, I figured it would make the most sense to go back to an old school written diary. This planner is really beautifully organised and the amount of care that went into it is very clear.
I’m looking really looking forward to using this planner this year and I think it will tie in quite nicely with some of my 2021 resolutions.
Do you use a planner or diary?