Planning · Stationery

A creature of habit

Habitual weekly spread
My habitual weekly spread at the start of the week

Above all else, I know myself to be a creature of habit. I don’t deal at all well with changes to routine; forget the advice that you have to do something new for 21 days (or 28, or 31 or however many days your particular guru recommends), it takes months, if not years, for me to feel something once new is now routine. I am a mourner of time past, time which I can bathe in a rosy glow which I know it didn’t possess when I was living through it. There’s no chance of me coming to terms with the fact that the BBC dropped Holby City from the schedule last Tuesday in order to make more time for the news; I’m still working on accepting their decision to move Dr. Who from its half-hour slot on a Saturday teatime back in the early 1980s!

However, I am also a daydreamer so I enjoy coming up with implausible plans for things that are never going to work. Thus I have been gainfully employed this weekend in designing a new page layout for the weekly spread in my William Hannah notebook. The idea came about because almost everything I write in my weekly spread needs two to three lines. How would it be, I wondered, if my days were twice and wide and only half as long? I was quite taken with the lovely pages of this design over at Cloth and Paper, so I decided to do a mock-up to see how it might work.

Alternative weekly spread
Alternative spread with the same start-of-week information

Well, yuck! I wasn’t at all impressed with this. It worked so much better inside my head!

Despite my levity, there is a serious point to make here and that is that no matter how perfect our system, we all sometimes need a change, need to try something new. Sometimes we find the new thing is just the ticket, it revivifies us, gives us a much-needed shot of motivation, helps to keep us from stagnating. Then again, it is just as likely to prove to us that our tried-and-tested method actually works incredibly well and doesn’t need changing at all. I like the fact that I’m able to try something new without much difficulty or expense, without having to invest myself financially or emotionally unless I am ready to. One of the reasons I was confident about moving into the William Hannah discbound system from the ring-bound or spiral-bound planners I was using previously was because I could go on using a system that I had already proven worked for me. I was simply importing my current setup into a spiffy new amazing technicolour dreamcoat.

Now I have worked my current bout of wanderlust out of my system I can go ahead and print out the rest of this year’s pages in my original format.

A6 sheet
A6 master tasklist hiding behind the bookmark

One tweak I’ve made which I think will stand the test of time has been to incorporate an A6 page with a mater tasklist which I can move from week to week until everything is complete. I see that Michael Jecks is also using the A6 pages to supplement his A5 system so I’m in good company!

So where do you stand on the tried-and-trusted versus the new-and-exciting? Are you a planner who likes to be constantly changing their layout? Or do you, perhaps, move your one true planner system from cover to cover to keep it feeling fresh?

2 thoughts on “A creature of habit

  1. I too am a creature of habit and struggle if my routine alters. Except where furniture is concerned when I love to move things round, but as I get older I’ve found two things are hampering this. Firstly, I have furniture and accessories which I adore, don’t want to change and increasingly only fits and looks right in the place where I have it. Secondly we’re too old to keep heaving furniture about (or so I’m told!). If we go to all the effort of changing things I have to live with it for a while because I daren’t admit it’s better the old way – so I spend weeks desperate to put it back how it was!!

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