Earlier I wrote about my planner addiction and what a temptation all of the cool stuff in the stationery store is to me. I love planners, you guys. LOVE THEM.
The thing is though, most planners have one fatal flaw that keeps them from working the way we think they’re going to. Can you guess what it is? What goes wrong with each planner?Most #planners have one fatal flaw that keeps them from working the way we think they're going to. Click To Tweet
It’s Not the Planners’ Fault
To be fair, the planners aren’t at fault. They can’t help it.
They are what they are.
The big problem with planners is simply us.
Yes, us. The end users. The Planner purchasers. The men and women who buy these things every year thinking that this planner will finally make us into the productive, organized, and amazing person we know we could be.
We live with this delusion that all we need is the perfect planner system, and presto the planner alone will make us organized.We live with this delusion that all we need is the perfect #planner system Click To Tweet
Our Planners Need Our Help
The planner can’t do that without our help.
You see, our systems that I purchase at the start of every new year, full of hope that we’ll be more organized, can’t do it alone.
- They don’t jump off the table and make us look at them.
- They don’t fly open to remind us that we have an appointment or a deadline.
- They don’t shout our name.
The fact is, our planners only work if we consistently refer to them at the right time.The planners you buy at the start of every new year, full of hope that you'll be more organized, can't do it alone. #planner #organized Click To Tweet
I don’t know about you, but sometimes forget to look at them.
(Please, tell me I’m not alone there!)
Or We Could Try Something Different…
Maybe this is why I have been so excited about going mostly digital with my project management stuff. Instead of having a planner system or a bullet journal, as I used to, I’m largely paperless. I have an app that syncs across all of my devices.
And, get this, it makes a noise when I need to remember something.
Whaaa?! How cool is that?
This is what’s been missing in my life, I tell ya.
I’m so excited about how this has changed my life over the last few years, I even wrote a book about it, if you’re also interested. It’s only a dollar on Amazon Kindle, so why not?
By setting up Evernote to meet my specific needs with what I do as a freelancer, designer, and content creator, I have exactly what I need. Not only that, but
- Evernote makes noises at me when deadlines approach
- I sync Evernote with Google Calendar to remind me of appointments and deadlines (I’ll show you how in the ebook)
- I store ideas I have and information I find on the internet all in Evernote for future reference.
- I have a system in place so that the info and ideas don’t just get lost in an abyss.
- I even keep my personal mission statement and current goals in front of me, as a reminder.
If you want to learn more, check out my Evernote book over at Amazon.com.
New to Evernote?
If you’ve not tried Evernote, I’m a happy power user of this app. I have written an ebook on using Evernote to increase your productivity, which you can learn more about here.