Welcome to the first post in the Createyou86 Cupid's Planning Blog Series. This series is going to be all about why you love your planner, how you use your planner, and planner management. This first post will be about defending your planner. This may seem like a silly concept, but i always seem to find myself either explaining myself, or defending my planner to someone who has no idea about the planner community or how i would use a planner so that they can try to understand. Keep reading to find out how i take planner doubters on!
Planner doubt is probably something that you don't normally think about, or even worry about. However, i frequently have people asking me questions about my planners. Some of these questions include "What is your planner for?" "Why do you NEED a planner?" "Why do you need SO MANY planners?"
This type of questioning reminds me of dating, or having to explain your life story to family members at a gathering who you haven't seen in a long time. The answers are repetitive, and they can feel like you are being attacked for simply trying to be more organized, and even just having a hobby that is "out of the norm". When i first started planning i had just moved to California, and didn't have a job. My planner helped me keep track of job interviews, my new work schedule, and even shopping, and bill information. Most people would see my planner, and make a comment about how much they liked it, or even say that they should probably get one themselves. However, there are the doubters. Here are three things that i say to planner doubters.
"What is a planner anyway?"
My planner is my lifeline as well as a hobby. My planner organizes everything that i find important, and it helps me to keep things in order.
"Why do you need SO MANY planners?"
I do quite a few things that i feel need to be organized. I have a personal planner which i use for personal appointments, work, health, and future planning. I have also been running a blog for over two years so i have a planner where i can write down, and organize all of my blog ideas. I have a huge project that i am working on for business, and i also have a planner to organize school projects, and schedules. I find planning to be a hobby, an i enjoy doing it.
"Don't you think that it is silly to be using stickers, and using your money to decorate a planner when you are your age?
NO! I consider this a hobby as anyone would consider any hobby. If you play sports or work out you probably spend money on classes, and being on sports teams. If you knit you probably spend money on yarn, and good needles. If you sew you probably spent quite a bit of money on a sewing machine, and fabric. It just so happens that i spend money on stickers, and planners.
If you are ever asked to defend your planner do so with pride. Don't let anyone make you feel less than because you have a different hobby than they do.
Let me know in the comments below how do you defend your planner?