Last year I stumbled onto the planner community. Before that, I had NO idea that such a community even existed much less be a thriving community of passionate people who were hooked on their planners. I had been using Todoist but after seeing all the planners on Pininterst I wanted one also. Thus, the hunt for the perfect planner for me begun.
Last year was also the year I discovered Danielle Laporte. I read her book the Desire Map, and it cracked my soul right open. I can’t really explain how or what happened, but it was like I saw reality in a whole new light. Before I would be grinding away not thinking about what brought me joy or what felt right. I was essentially going through the motions of life. After reading the desire map and the fire starter sessions, I changed the way I worked and did things to bring me joy. I started doing more of the things that I love with the faith that somehow some way it would all work out in the end. And it has. It is interesting how I found the planner community and Danielle Laporte at the same time. It is funny how things work out so when I heard she had a planner I told everyone in my family that is what I wanted for Christmas. I was so happy when I received it.
When I first got the Desire Map planner I didn’t write in it. I thought that what I had to write wasn’t that important. I would still put stuff in Todoist and not really make note of it in my planner. Once I realized that the things I did write down in my planner got done while I would forget to look at all the Todoist items and so many things fell through the cracks, and that was not helping me any. I finally started writing down EVERYTHING in the planner, and now 99 percent of my stuff gets done. If I write something down, and it does not get done, I write it on the next day. Writing down what I need to do has been instrumental for me in growing my business. I can see what my top three things to do are, and I know what all I need to do for the day. Plus my planner is open beside my computer all day long so I can see what I need to do. I am a very visual person, and if it is out of sight, it is out of mind for me.
The trick is to write down what I need to do the moment I think about it. If I leave it for later, I will forget, and something will be left undone. No so bad if it a personal thing but can cause a fuck up if it is related to a client project.
One of the things I like most about having a paper planner is that I can detail exactly when to start something. If I have a client project that is due next week but I know I need three days to do it then I can write in my paper planner to the start of the project. On digital planning tools, it is too easy to get mixed up and confused, and then you end up pulling an all-nighter cause you did not start on time.