The title for this blog post is very fitting for me. My favorite things to purchase are stationary of all things. My favorite pens, some notebooks, even leather-bound journals. I love them.
It’s gotten so bad that when I started organizing my desk and putting things in one spot The Hubby Man has informed me, I may have way too big of a stash.
Now, that is not to say that this part of my life is organized at all. In most of my notebooks are bits and pieces of things. They are never filled. Some have bits of stories or my attempts at trying to organize. Others have plots in them. I even have a plethora of empty notebooks.
This not to be said, that when I see a good sale that I don’t go and purchase more. I never feel like I have enough. Which isn’t actually true, it is simply my failed attempts at trying to become more organized. Or, at least these are the lies I tell myself as I purchase more.
I will use these. This will be the beginning of me using all my notebooks until they are completely full. I won’t simply buy them, put a note or two in them and then discard them.
My other weakness – Planners. I want to live a scheduled and freer life. I’ve tried so many varieties of these from Bullet Journals to weekly planners, to a calendar on the wall. I’ve even gone so far as to give up on them altogether.
That being said, I have purchased myself a new planner! Ha, I bet you all knew that was coming.
After reading the book, High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard I was inspired to get my life back into my control. Well, he recently came out with a planner. I actually fought with myself for a while before I purchased it.
What if I spent all this money on the planner and it didn’t work for me like the others? Do I really need another one? Am I really going to use it?
After deciding the $15 is worth a shot if it truly could improve my days, especially after enjoying the book so much, I put in my order. It takes 2 weeks for the planner to get here in the United States. Anything international, you’re looking at a 4-week wait.
While I find this to be more than a little extreme, I still couldn’t wait. I even counted down the day on my calendar until its arrival. Well, it showed up yesterday.
The deal was I couldn’t open it until I hit my 5k for that day. This was a problem for my anticipation given the fact that I had been procrastinating. Well…that isn’t true. It was merely one of those days where I felt like I was cruising along, then I’d take a break to stretch my muscles and realize I’d written a few hundred words.
It was a day of great frustration for me. That was for sure. By the time I had earned the ability to open it and check it out, it was after nine at night.
Still, it was so glorious to open the box and see my beautiful black planner sitting there. I was so excited. The hubby man and I were reading the pages. I filled out the assessment in the beginning so that I knew where I was starting from. Needless to say, it wasn’t good. At least, I knew where I could improve, though.
This planner breaks down the major things you need to accomplish through the day, setting your mindset in the morning, things to be grateful for and show appreciation. I mean, it’s a wonder of a planner. Not only does it allow you to create a schedule per day to follow so that you can be at your best and reminds you to keep your goals on track, but unlike most planners you continue to use it throughout the day, but you really go back to it at night as well.
It has a spot for you to evaluate your day. Figure out what went wrong or right so that you can figure out how to avoid pitfalls or use things that were powerhouse moves for you. That I think is one of the largest assets that most planners don’t do.
I only purchased the one planner so it’ll last for a short time. I simply wanted to make sure that it was going to be a valuable asset to my life before I went and bought more. The only part I have to remember is that if I do love it, I need to order another one 2 weeks prior to the planner running out.
That might be a thorn in my side. We will see.
Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.