We have all had those days. You think you are sitting down for an awesome planning session. You bring out your pens, post-it's, stickers, journaling cards, hole punches, weekly schedules, and quite possibly a work schedule or two. It turns out to be pretty much whatever will fit on your desk, bed or couch that is planner related. You sit down, and the chaos incurs.
You are steeped in your planning routine, ticking off boxes from the week before, and creating new ones. You may even have stamps and stamp pads creating your list lines. Where in this planning routine does it become too much planning, and not enough fun?
The times when I sit down with my planners are supposed to be "me time". However, it can quickly become overwhelming.
"In complex situations, we may rely too heavily on planning and forecasting and underestimate the importance of random factors in the environment. That reliance can also lead to delusions of control."
- Einhorn, Hillel J.
- American Academics
- Life Plan Community
This quote truly hits home with me. Coming from someone who considers herself a bit of a control freak. I see it. It is a weekly activity persuing control and order for each individuals life, and in many cases a strict regiment for our families as well. When I started the "hobby" of planning, I never thought I would have taken this stance, but when I see how much work I, and others put into planning and organization I have to ask myself "Where is the fun in all of this regiment?" When did we stop appreciating those unplanned moments with loved ones, and friends, and become more interested in which color Martha Stewart Dewdrops we should put in our planner to signify that a blog post needs to be written, or that we went to the Target Dollar Spot?
It may not seem like this in the beginning because we think that we are bettering ourselves and our families, but when does enough become too much? When does the planning become not fun anymore?
I have no intention of ending my planning love affair. At this point I dont think that I could (I'm addicted!). However, this topic really made me think about a hobby that many times becomes a habit, and how I will plan differently in the future. I think alot of planners in the back of their heads think about this, and it is kept quiet to justify purchasing multiple planners, and planner goodies (this is just my humble opinion.) THE TIME IS HERE....
Do you feel the same way, or do you feel comfortable with how you have grown as a planner? Let us know in the comments below!