I have a confession. I haven’t touched my Filofax in over a month. I mean, really I haven’t properly used it for a good couple of months now. My weeks kept getting left half done, without even the dates written in…
It’s an odd one really. I’ve had so many things to note down recently. I work two jobs, and with one of them my hours change weekly. I had been writing my hours down in my planner, but then I wouldn’t go back to it. Instead, I’d pull up the email with our rota on and look there. I’ve actually gotten pretty good at remembering all my shifts. Don’t ask how, I don’t know.
Anyway the point is, my lovely Filofax has been sat at my desk all lonely because I haven’t been opening it. I kind of miss it. Sometimes we put a lot of effort into keeping a planner and it just becomes a chore. Anyone felt this?
Why Is My Planner Not Working?
I have realised three things. For one, it was because I never opened it up. Simple but true. It sat closed on my desk and was just forgotten about. Two, I stopped taking it to work. I have actually been using a filofax, but it’s more as a notebook. I use it for my web content job to take notes. I didn’t want to take both, so the planner became unused. Three, time. I just didn’t set aside any time each week, or each day, to look at what was coming up.
The below is how I left my planner. The dates are from October, but I hadn’t written the month in, nor did I have enough paper printed to complete the other side of the week. Sad times.
How Can I Make My Planner Work?
I’ve sort of come to a conclusion whilst writing this up from my draft, and I think I now know why it isn’t working. It’s because I have been so busy. I’m working two jobs, attempting to keep fit and trying to keep up a social life. I thought I was busy when I was in university, but really I had all the time in the world. It was easy to waste a couple of hours writing in a planner. Now, it’s the last thing on my mind if I’m being honest. I do want to change that though.
Whilst doing Blogmas, I’ve realised that I waste far too much time online doing nothing productive. In December so far, I’ve hardly wasted any time online because the time I have spent on my laptop I’ve been writing blog posts! I mean I did waste a good three hours searching for a Christmas party outfit the other day, but we’re pretending that didn’t happen.
The main things that I need to do include making sure it’s always visible and taking time out to actually look at it. I bought a book holder last year for this exact reason, but never used it. Time to get it back out and keep my planner opened on the right page so I can always see the week at a glance.
As for taking time out, the plan is to try and take some time out to have a bit of ‘me’ time at least once a week. I get my work rota on a Monday evening so either then or on the Tuesday evening I aim to grab the planner, write down all my shifts and add in anything I want to do around that.
Future Planning Plans
I’m going to give my planner a little revamp when I’ve got time. I want to change the diary up a little to include space for fitness on my weekly so I’ll do another post on my planner’s contents for 2017. If I get to February and the planner still isn’t working, then I think it’ll be time to stick it back on the shelf! I feel like I just need that one last attempt at keeping it all up to date. I do love planning and writing lists after all.