I am also a creature of to-do lists.
Nothing helps quiet my mind better than lots of lovely organized planning. With lists full of items I can cross off.
I like crossing things off. I have been known to add things on to a list that I have already done just so I can cross them off.
For years now I’ve been using the same annual diary/agenda/planner: the Moleskine 12 month weekly planner, large, black, soft cover. It is absolutely perfect for me because one side has the days of the week and the other side has a ruled page for “notes and ideas” (according to Moleskine). I use it for my to-do lists:
This was my week starting the 29th of February 2016 (right in the middle of semester):
This was my week starting the 6th of June 2016 (so the week before the week P was born):
Q and I use Google Calendar (we have a joint calendar plus separate work calendars), and there is a paper calendar hanging in our kitchen (usually train-themed, as chosen by E), but these little black books are my brain. I would be completely lost without them. I keep them all because I like the idea that I can look back at these snippets of my day-to-day existence.
And yet, EVERY YEAR, I have the same argument with myself.
They’re not cheap- $25.00 on Amazon or in the stores. And I know that they get discounted once the next year starts. So every year I debate in December whether I should buy one at full price or wait to get a discounted one.
The thing is, the discounted ones are never easily found online. I have to physically go search the stores. Some years I luck out. Other years I have to buy one that isn’t quite right- it’s the pocket version, or it has a hard cover, or it’s the 18 month planner.
This year was no different. I quibbled and delayed until they were all sold out and the best match I could find online was a green one (GREEN! THE HORROR!) that was hard cover AND pocket-sized AND still full-price.
I don’t have time to scour the shops to save 50%. So I ordered the green one and it was finally the straw that broke the camel’s back.
I love my planner and I want it to be exactly the same every.single.year.
It gets more use than probably 90% of what is in our house.
So I swear that this year will be the last year where I have to buy the wrong product because I’m too miserly to buy what I really want.
Do you have a yearly planner you can’t live without? Do you also try to play the waiting game to get it on sale?
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