You will rarely hear my say that I suffer a planner failure. I do switch sizes once or twice a year, but I wouldn't consider that a planner failure. But I'm not switching sizes (still happy as a kid with my A5 Malden). However, I did encounter another problem, also known as the beast of perfectionism.
In short, I wanted it all and I wanted it now. I have been adding features to my system, until one day I opened up my 2PPD spread and gasped in horror: this.is.NOT.going.to.work.
To give you an impression of my nightmare, take a look a below picture:
First, let me explain how my 2PPD setup works:
Left column: time slots for appointments and time-allocated todo's.
Right columns: priority todo's on top, other todo's underneath, contact todo's personal/family, delegation reminder (stuff I need to remind my DH).
List of contacts with number and short reminder to be called (work).
Then the add-on-game started. First thing I added is the pink Daytimer hotlist. Reason: my current WO2P (column layout) doesn't offer any space to record weekly todo's. I started adding this hotlist to my weekly spread, only to find out that I kinda forgot about the whole thing the very minute I switched pages to my daily view. Go figure ...!
On one page of the hotlist I have my work todo's (aqua blue), on the back I have household (lime), family (pink) and personal (purple) todo's. Means I have to turn around the page. Also means that anything written behind that list is invisible, thus not existing ...
Then I figured it was stupid and cumbersome to have to rewrite my weekly recurrent todo's on my daily pages (like: water plants (Mondays), remind DD of homework or music practice (daily)). I remembered I had these little cards left from my Time/System days, so I got them out and used them for my day-specific weekly recurrent todo's (anybody still follow me? You do? Wait, I can fix that ...).
I still think the principle of this idea is fantastic! However, the annoying thing about these cards is that they (again) are blocking either my morning or my evening schedule (depending on whether I stick them to the top or buttom three rings). Not good!
Grand idea no. 3: I should be more consistent with my morning and evening household routines. I hadn't written them down before, but found I didn't do them very religiously. Which means I have to have them visible in my planner. I took a clear flyleaf (with a tiny little tab on the side) and put a Post-it with said morning and evening routines on it. Idea: tick boxes with Frixion pen, at the end of the day erase them and switch complete flyleaf to next day.
The problem is quite obvious: Total blockage of my calling list that's behind the plastic sheet, and - ultimately - much more important than clean laundry (yeah, don't tell anybody ...). What's more: I DO now these routines by heart, and I really don't need a writting reminder in my face. The thing is: when I'm in the mood, I'll do them, when I'm not I won't. No matter if it's written out and staring me in the face.
Conclusion: out with all the extra's and back to my bare pages. Sometimes I just want to have too much and get lost in the chaos I tend to create, while I meant to avoid chaos in the first place.
I'm still not sure how to handle the recurrent weeklies that are now on those mini-cards. Any idea's?