A few weeks, ago, I was spending time with my Mom. I told her that I was in desperate need of some new jeans. My mom, being the incredible bargain shopper that she is, hopped up out of her chair and off we were off to the store.
Some of you may know, that I’m not the average height for a woman. I’m 6’0” tall, so finding pants that are long enough can be a bit difficult and unusual. We walked into a store that we were guessing had my inseam size.
I kept telling myself to not be a cheapskate and that I had the budget to buy some good jeans that would last me a while. My mom spotted a young woman in the jeans section, made a beeline for her and told her what I needed (my mom is pretty much just the best). The girl quickly sprang into action, pulling me this pair and that pair and did I like this color? And maybe this style! And ooooh, this has a 32-inch inseam! I walked into the dressing room with my arms FULL of stacked jeans.
I tried them on. Most of them, I knew as soon as I started putting them on, were just not going to fit. Ugh. But I needed pants! I can’t walk around pantless! (I mean I could, it’s just not super ideal). I had 2 pairs that I had narrowed it down to. Did they fit me super well? No, not really. But they did the job, I guess. Were they colors I liked? Nope. Were they comfortable? Nope, definitely was gonna have to suck it in when putting some of them on (WHICH IS THE WORST). Was I happy to pay $50 a piece for them? Not in the slightest – I was grumpy about it actually. Ah, but that poor girl! She had spent all that time and effort gathering all these pants. Surely she would feel so defeated or mad if I didn’t buy a single pair?!
I then remembered my promise I had made to myself a long time ago about spending my hard earned money and a newfound commitment I had made to minimalism (Thanks, Marie Kondo!). Do not buy something unless you really, truly, love it and/or you actually need it. Enough was enough. None of these jeans worked for me. I didn’t really like any of them. I walked out and put them back. It felt so good. Later on that night, I decided to poke around online and found 2 pairs of jeans on sale, with plenty of length, the style I loved and a coupon code! I ended up using only half of my budget.
Friends, I don’t want this to be you when buying a new planner. I’ve been there, done that. And on those days where things fall through the cracks, literally nothing is going right, you’re exhausted and you just want to get your s*** together already, it seems like a planner could really help you.
Don’t buy a planner out of desperation, thinking finally, maybe, perhaps you will actually be put together.
Don’t buy a planner feeling like maybe this will be the system that gets you closer to your goals.
Buy a planner that has style and colors and binding that you actually love and really works for you.
Buy a planner that has systems that revolve close to your lifestyle and values, not vice versa.
Buy a planner with a layout that makes sense for you and your lifestyle.
We need to make our planners and purchases work for us, they shouldn’t make us work to fit them into our lives. I want you to feel not good, but great about whatever planner you decide to purchase. I designed and created a planner index to help you narrow down some options on what kind of planner might suit you best. It’s a constantly changing and updating space.
I can’t tell you which planner to get, but I can help you get started towards getting there.
“You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” – Yoda