Planners are made to be tweaked. No planner works perfectly for each life without a few adjustments. But sometimes too many adjustments are made and things go terribly wrong.
I speak from experience. Here’s what I’m talking about.
About 5 years ago I realized my planner wasn’t working for me anymore. My life had changed and I needed something different. So I sat down, analyzed my life, figured out what I needed and created a system that met my needs. All was well for quite a while. The new system did exactly what I needed it to do.
But then I got antsy. I had some ideas I wanted to try – you know,to make my system even better. So I played around with my pages, tweaking a little here and a little there. And the next thing I knew, I hated my pages. They weren’t working at all and I was on the hunt for something new.
What happened? Did my life change again? No. Did my carefully designed system quit working? No. Did I get bored and violate the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it rule?” Yes.
It might have been okay if I had only tweaked it a little. But I just kept tweaking until I was completely dissatisfied.
And that’s the danger of tweaking. If you do a little, like simply changing how you use the pages, you can usually get away with it. But when you start changing the basics, especially if your system is working fairly well, you muddy the waters and create discontent. And muddy waters and discontent lead to planner fail.
Should you never tweak? No. Should you never try to improve your system? No. But there’s a fine line between too much and just enough. If you can find that line and stay on the right side of it, you’ll be fine. But if you cross it, you’ll be drowning in planner chaos.
Do you tweak your planning system too much? Have you had a system that worked well but then for no apparent reason it quit working? Do you know where the line is between too much tweaking and just enough? Has anyone else struggled with this or is it just me???
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