Being the oldest of 6 girls, procrastination was a common theme in my household growing up. You can only imagine why. Not because we were perfectionist and just couldn't get started, no, no, no, no. Most of it was because there was just too much to do and too many unknowns. Six girls at all different ages with all different needs at many times! Who in the world can plan ahead with this much going on at all times?
Often times I would be the last one waiting around to be picked up at practice or my friends house, but I could be assured that I would eventually get picked up. One time in particular it was 2 hours before my Mom was able to get to me. I never really asked what happened, but I remember how grateful I was for my basketball coach waiting with me all of that time outside. I didn't get my homework started or anything else except playing the waiting game. So what this taught me was to wait and wait patiently (my turn would come). Patience (or the lack there of) did show up when I became more independent, but that didn't always work out too well either(especially when I got to start using the "credit card"). More lessons learned and that will be for another blog.
Then I moved into being a full-time college student, mother of 2 little ones, and my Husband worked away a lot! I forgot many things and the chaos in my mind and planner began. I would forget so many things and Keith would give me Day Planners as gifts. They truly were gifts because I often didn't know if I was coming or going. Before that I never really used planners. That's not what was instilled upon me. All that I knew was to respond to the needs of the day instead of deliberate creating what I want in my days.
Then I got into the corporate world and I found out that I was the greatest planner (deep down) and planning my day became the biggest focus for me. I loved this new way of feeling in control and kicking butt and taking names. When things happened that I hadn't planned for then I would get all upset until I could accept the flexibility of the change. Bringing me back to the place of putting off until the deadlines were the next day and this was the ongoing cycle of my stress levels being pushed to the limits. The industry that I worked in was changing daily. I am happy to report that I have struck the balance of planning and flexibility. Yes, I still use planners and have even become the creator of "Full Plate Quarterly Planner/Journal Edition".
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