Sometimes people treat their planners like precious and delicate things. They spend a lot of time and maybe money trying to find the “perfect” one. Then, they hate to mark it up because they don’t like their penmanship, or they don’t want to commit to something in pen. Or they time block their week with pristine color coding, but then life gets in the way.
Or is that just me?
What is precious and delicate is your time, not the vehicle you use to protect and leverage it. If you need permission to scrawl in the margins and be okay with smudged ink blotches, consider it granted. Life is not neat and orderly, as anyone who curates their life to appear that way will secretly admit. It is messy, confusing, and sometimes illogical to those looking in from the outside. It makes sense that your planner will also be a mess.
Some of you are getting tremors thinking about uneven margins or ugly color schemes. Some of you are managing your life off the back of an envelope. You’ll be okay. Make a plan. Work the plan. Get ticked when something interferes, and then get over it quickly. Adjust. Be grateful, and move on to the next thing. You got this.
Also published on Medium.