Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Top Ten Reasons To Fill Out Your Planner

Do you see this calendar? It's empty. That is not a good thing.

Top Ten Reasons I Need to Write Everything Down

1) Because last week I completely forgot a scheduled lunch date. I would have stood my friend up (thankfully she called me)! I asked my husband later that day, "Have I always been like this?" "Just since the baby, honey" he replied. Fabulous.

2) So that things are done in a timely manner. Like returning library books. Or paying the bills (just a minor detail).

3) To avoid multiple trips into town for various small and/or BIG things. What a gas drainer!

4) So I remember whose birthday is when and whose birthday is whose. Did I lose you on that last part? Last year I wrote my brother's August birthday down in my calendar. His name is Andrew. When the August date approached, I started asking my husband (also named Andrew) what he wanted to do for his birthday (which is actually in March) and wasn't he going to take the day off work? I received a blank stare. I was so busted.

5) Not only do I need to write things down, I need to write them down in multiple places. In the last two weeks I have twice lost a friend's number that I wrote on a scrap piece of paper (why didn't I put it in my phone?).

6) To prevent moldy laundry.

7) To help reign in my mind when I pray. Prayer lists are wonderful.

8) To keep track of pantry inventory/freezer inventory. I actually don't have a freezer inventory list yet. Maybe because my freezer is so small. But still, it would help me when I menu plan.

9) So that the holidays don't sneak up out of nowhere! Seriously, sometimes I forget December comes around every year.

10) So that we bring matches next time we go camping. And a power cord. And a broom. And a lantern. And camera batteries. And mosquito repellent...

What do you need to write down?

Obviously, I need lists in my life. I kind of like them, too (shhhhh, don't tell). So I'm linked up to OhAmanda's Top Ten Tuesday, Tackle It Tuesday, and Anti-Procrastination Tuesday.


  1. #4 cracked me up! I would be lost without my planner.

  2. I so need to write everything down too!! I write some stuff on my calendar, some stuff on floating to-do lists, some stuff in binders....but I need to compile them all in one place! I used to have a planner but I need one ~ you've inspired me! Too many sources...I need one central one! I love your honest candid humor....you are not alone!

    Blessings on your week,

  3. Yes, I have to write everything down and in multiple places! Like you: library books due, birthdays, bills, laundry (what day my kids will run out of clean pajamas). As the saying goes, I'd lose my head if it weren't screwed on. :-)

  4. I have to write everything down, too! EV.ER.Y.THING.

  5. You are cracking me up! I'm the same way! Ugh. But the Anderew thing is just classic.

    And really, returning library books? Like anyone can remember that!

  6. I'll tell you a secret...*small voice* My library does not have late fees!

    There goes my motivation...

  7. Lol, this is so true. I keep one calendar hanging in the kitchen and one on my phone. They are both used equally and I check them up to eachother every other day. I don't forget much, but I do feel like the weeks are flying by reather fast.
    I get e-mail from the library when it is time to take back the books, but then I go online and check them out again and again and again. The books are stuck at my house for ever.

  8. I can totally relate! And the older I get, the more I need to make lists. I forgot my husband had a meeting this evening. It was then that I realized I need to now put his meetings on my calendar. Ack! It's too much for one mom to keep up with!

    BTW, I saw your Twitter name come across and had to come check you out. I love meeting other Alicias, especially when they spell their name the right way ;) Then I came to visit and discovered you like the color purple. Needless to say, I loved my visit. I look forward to getting to know you!

  9. In my queit times I often need to write out my prayers as I pray. It helps me keep my mind from wandering which it does A LOT! I had a doctor I saw once who was concerned with my quick rambling ask my husband if this was normal for me or if it could be a sign of something else going on!! (Of course my husband said there was no 'fixing' it since I had been that way since I could talk- not that he would know that long but my mom could agree to that!)
    I also write down recipes in my own shorthand before I actually go in to make it, helps me remember it and less likely to skip a step or forget an ingredient!

  10. My planner was always empty - so I no longer have one, but I still have a need for lists - on the dry erase board on my refrigerator and in the memo pad feature of my cell phone - never leave the grocery list at home again!

  11. Ha ha. :) I liked the moldy laundry and the camping essentials. You're wonderful.

  12. ugh. i have to write everything down. It usually goes on my phone. My memory is gone since I had my daughter almost a year ago. Where did it go?

  13. I write everything down. I tried doing it electronically but writing it down helps me more.

  14. oh how I love lists, now if I just didn't lose them...
    thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!" hope to see you tomorrow!


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