Planners are currently a sort of branch of scrapbooking and papercraft, I’ve learned, more about decoration than usefulness. But I’ve been using and relying on them for decades. So here’s my planner after a week in which I made a true effort to take notes in the note pages instead of the calendar proper. Are all the meetings written in? No. I also forgot to pay a bill and I’m still behind on work.


My habit checklists are a bit disappointing, too, but this planner disguises the fact that I’ve made such little progress. On the other hand, the checklists organize my work better than the random scribbling in my work planner.

And I have a third hand, I guess, because I also realize that having separate planners for home and work and then putting appointments and to-do lists into both is entirely pointless.