Q1: A deep dive into Lily’s question!
Her question relates to keeping her “planning mojo” going (and effective) in a hectic work environment as a manager with continuous unpredictable demands on her time. If you are visiting these show notes after listening to the episode, check out the comment section of this post for even more words of wisdom on Lily’s dilemma.
Q2: Pandemic planning and expecting the unexpected
Gillian wrote in with a very COVID-themed question – how to plan when there’s so much uncertainty around things like illness & school?
Q3: Cleaning house — what do you do with all of your old planners?
There’s no “right” answer to this. Personally, I keep some and toss some! I still wish I had my 2001 planner (I remember that I kept one back then, and would be very interesting to see what I was writing during my last college fall and then 9/11).
Life is (sadly) short enough that I could fill an entire Hobonichi each year from here on out and fit them into one large-is box. Sad but kind of important, too.
Q4: Where do you keep your planner?
This listener mentioned both prying eyes and toddler fingers as things she was concerned about! I could care less about the eyes (if anything – I’m thrilled if my bigger kids pick up on how I plan!) but definitely get the toddler finger issue!
I keep mine with me or near me basically at all times. (Is that weird? We do that with our phones, right?). At home, it’s on my desk — either my ‘downstairs mini office’ (next to the kitchen/main playroom) OR upstairs (bedroom mini office) if I’m working from home. At work, it’s on my desk — I just bring it in my work bag.
The only time I don’t have it with me is on an outdoor or kid-centric errand. I’ve never needed it at the playground!
I also moved into a new planner over the weekend!
Yes — it’s a Wonderland 222 (disclosure: this was very kindly sent to me by the creator after I emailed and expressed interest in her very intriguing product). Full review coming to the pod & blog. Unlike a lot of my past forays in 2020, I may be in this one for the long haul — it’s between this and Hobonichi!
The dated pages start today, so I figured the next 2 months can be a test so that I can decide where to stay.