Why I Don’t “Schedule” My Tasks

I’ve read several articles recently about the benefits of scheduling tasks.  The idea is that if you don’t schedule tasks, they won’t get done.  And if you want to make sure they get done, you have to schedule them.  I can see the wisdom of that.  It makes sense. But I don’t do it.  It doesn’t work for me. I HATE scheduling my tasks. I don’t know if it’s my ADHD or if I’m just rebellious, but … [Read more...]

Making A Daily To-Do List Isn’t Necessarily Once & Done

My daughter and I have been trying to be more productive so we’ve been texting each other our to-do lists.  At the end of each day, we send the current day’s list (hopefully completed) and the next day’s list.  This seemed like a great idea. Accountability, you know. But I’ve learned something during this process.  That’s not how I make a to-do list.  My daughter, Rachel, sits down each evening … [Read more...]

Planner Experiment Results: Not What I Expected!

The Planner Experiment didn’t turn out the way I expected – and that’s probably a good thing.  I’m pretty sure I was hoping to get a list of planner options from which I would randomly choose one and miraculously stick to it forever, or at least for a long time.  But it didn’t happen that way.  Instead of a list of planning systems, you all gave me great advice and some things to think about.  You … [Read more...]

Organized at Work but Not at Home? There’s a Reason!

Being organized is a funny thing.  You can be organized about some things but not others.  You can be organized in one setting but not in another.  The biggest complaint I hear from people is that they’re organized at work but not at home and they don’t know why.  There are actually several good reasons. When you’re at work, you HAVE to work or there will be serious consequences – like getting … [Read more...]

How NOT To Be Late

Despite the fact that I have ADD/ADHD and being late is common problem for those of us with ADD/ADHD, I’ve never really had a problem with it.  But there’s a reason for it.  I’ve always worked really hard NOT to be late.  It doesn’t come naturally so I’ve had to develop strategies.  Here are some of them – in completely random order: Set out anything you need to take with you as early as … [Read more...]

A Planner Experiment: I Need Your Help!

My daughter-in-law, Ashley, can make any planner work.  Seriously.  Her only problem is that she gets bored. She uses one format for a while and then likes to try something new.  But she usually sticks to one planner size so it’s no big deal to use a different format every week if she wants to. I’m not like Ashley.  Not even a little bit.  I find fault with every single planner I try.  And … [Read more...]

Ashley’s Planner Update – From Filofax to Traveler’s Notebook

Confession.  I bought a Naked Cow Traveler’s Notebook in personal size for myself.  The notebook was absolutely beautiful.  I’ve never seen any planner so beautiful.  But I missed my rings.  So I gave the Naked Cow notebook to my daughter-in-law, Ashley, who was 100% thrilled.  She’d been using an inexpensive traveler’s notebook she got on Amazon and it was working fine.  But it didn’t compare to … [Read more...]