For many of us, planners and calendars run the world. From pencil-ing in doctor's appointments to keeping track of our meals, planners are terrific things. They exist on all different platforms, too! And some of them you can even sync them up with all of your devices. But as much as we all love planners, I am here to give you my unpopular opinion on it. Here it is: we like planners so much not because we are getting more organized, but because we want to feel more organized.
Now, I'm not talking about the people who actually get At-A-Glance business planners or ones who use their calendars faithfully and actually complete the tasks as written. I'm talking about the people like myself: the ones who are in love with Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer calendars, constantly seeks out new formats, and have never completely filled out a single planner in their lives. We are also the same people who have too many clothes but forget to fold laundry for weeks at a time, who leave our houses in the morning but have to come back three times because we keep forgetting things, who spends so much time looking for our sunglasses before a walk that the dogs fall asleep in their harnesses.
Those of you reading right now are probably having one of two reactions: 1) This is so me right now, and 2) There are people who live like this? Yes, it's true. We don't choose to live like this. This is why we are addicted to planners. This is why we purchase the cutest ones we can find so we can try to trick ourselves into thinking that we may someday change our disorganized ways. It's not that we don't write things down. In fact, we write down the same event or task in our five planners and our Google calendars so we can feel like we are doing something productive with our lives when the reality is so far from that. We are the people who have reasoned out with ourselves that writing things down is as important, if not more important, than doing the actual thing we wrote.
So, if you are one of these people, here's the bad news: no matter how many colorful planners you have, and how filled up each day looks on paper, their sole purpose is to make you feel like you have your life together. No planner will turn your life around. But the good news? If you want to change your life and become more organized, it's all on you. You don't have to rely on anything else to achieve your goals. But until you are ready to make a commitment quite yet, (like me), there are plenty of planners waiting for you at Paper Source.