Fail to Plan? Plan to Fail!

Love the Aunt Gladys could crochet like that, but I just make plain round circles. 
Did you notice in the second picture how the blue thread ran out in the center? 
I wonder what the crafter was thinking!  
 So observed Mrs. Mobunny in comment form to my previous post.

I need a monthly calendar as well as daily pages...
I went back and took a look. Sure enough!  The blue thread DID run out in the center! What WAS she thinking?  (Or maybe the question is: WAS she thinking.)  

I've always attempted to be a good planner.  My efforts have taken many shapes as the seasons of my life have come and gone.  Currently, this is the primary planning tool I use.

It's small enough to be quite portable but large enough to jot down details.  I've also improvised to make it store odds and ends.
Daily pages and odds and ends

The thing I DON'T like about it is that it runs from August of one year through December of the next.
WalMart - $3.99 plus tax.
Anyhow, yesterday I purchased my bright and shiny 2012 model.  I will spend the rest of this month transferring information.  I'll also give titles to some of the blank pages of at least July and August 2011 and use them for such things as recipes, gift ideas, places to visit, quotes, books to read etc. Every year I tweak "the system" just a little bit!
That's the way I roll (as Janie Fox would say)!

Luke 14:28 says, "But don't begin until you count the cost. 
For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost
to see if there is enough money to finish it?"
Wow!  The principle is a great one - whether crocheting a doily, 
preparing a recipe, organizing an event, or starting a new calender year!

Do you keep/carry a planner?  What's your favorite format?


  1. Hi Rebecca....I use my Smartphone for planning.
    I do need to update my address book, though.

  2. Oh totally believe in the saying "fail to plan, plan to fail", however I am not a big writing down person unless it was the season of five children all playing sports at the same time, and I didn't want to forget someone somewhere...LOL I really run it in my head all the time. I can tell you when bills are due, how much our mortgage and interest rate was on our first home 31 years ago and even the pay off amount...yes dumb, but it seems to work for me.

    If I write it down it is for others to refer to ....I usually never come back and look again...and I have bought ever system out there to see if I could submit to one of their organizational hasn't worked yet.

  3. I'm SO envious, Janette! That's a gift! I'd never make it. I don't need a complicated system (I've tried those, too) -- just something that works for me.

  4. I didn't even notice the thread but I went back I then I saw it. I am just happy she didn't run outta pink! It is my fave and yes that's how I roll. haha I have a planner and without it I wouldn't remember a thing.I buy the same kinda calendar book every year and it works for me....sometimes. I made a plan to meet my HS bestie for breakfast last Friday, but I thought it was for Saturday. She asked me by text on Thursday for "tomorrow". I said yes! I thought it was Friday all that day and didn't think about it again until Friday morning she sends another text saying I am seated at the restaurant. I was home in my pajamas a half an hour away getting ready to go keep the grands. Sheesh. Sometimes I roll a little wrong!

  5. I've never really found the 'right' planner for me. But I don't lose hope, for I still love to scan through all the newest ones out in the stores this time of year, always on the lookout for that one that will work for my brain patterns and furrows.

  6. Rebecca,

    I am still working on what works best for I get older, I find I need an additional brain....


  7. Morning Rebecca,
    Thanks for that sweet comment!! It Blessed me!!
    I don't really use a planner but I do put events on my calendar in the kitchen, and I keep a list of things I want to accomplish each day, and then I have a page of long term things to accomplish as well. I am definitely more efficient when I am using my daily list and I find it frees up my mind rather than trying to remember everything.

    Hope you are doing well Hon,
    Love and Blessings, Nellie

  8. church calendar on the side of our freezer (who is going where, when)
    my little Snoopy book (sew capes for Christmas presents and buy a huge glass container for a terrarium)
    *notes* on my phone (titles of good books, recipes, things to google)
    job notebook (in telephone book drawer)
    Lydia (she's 14, she won't forget)
    church notebook (quotes from famous husband and son)

    I sleep better knowing things are written down somewhere.......I might do *a good idea* six months after I initially write it somewhere.........that's why I'm never bored, my notes remind me of things. Notes and lists are my friends.


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