This year has been anything but what any of us thought it would be. Beginning March 4th, client, social, and medical appointments were x-ed out in my planner at an unusually accelerated rate. In the before times, I’d erase changes or cancellations, but this has been a year to hold on to those unused dates. Calendar hygiene and tidiness took a backseat.
Unlike those who bemoaned the fact that they purchased a planner they weren’t going to use very much, I’m glad to have a physical record of the ebbs and flows of pandemic life: the stay at home times, the array of distanced onsite and virtual client sessions, the few distanced social visits, and the zoom calls and events attended online instead of in person. Six or seven years down the road, it’ll be an interesting document to thumb through before deciding if it gets relocated to a memorabilia box or destroyed with the its companion tax documents.
As a tactile being who enjoys the immediacy of writing and all the sensory feels and sounds of turning pages, paper is where it’s at for me. When the paperless office was becoming a thing, I tried to make the switch by starting with an online calendar. Attempting this flavor of eco-friendliness turned into a complete and under nope. Too many fingertip taps were required to type out details or retrieve information. Flipping to an actual page is faster. Writing is easier, legibility be damned! Grabbing a planner book – without the need for an internet connection or a charged device – was and still is my way to go.
I was heartened a year or two ago when I chatted up the cashier at the old-school stationery store in downtown San Francisco. Wondering if I was one of the few people buying a planner book, I was told the uptick in sales had been increasing over the past few years as people returned to the tried and true physical thing. Paper is not going away!
Fast forward to last month when I attended the 2020 Virtual International Conference on ADHD. I sat in on two sessions about planners. Why? Because time and task management are challenges that affect my ADHD clients, and one of the things that can truly help is identifying and integrating the right tools. While the content was geared toward those with ADHD, the main takeaways would have been useful to anyone with a curiosity about how and why to choose one particular planner over another.Continue reading