photo of planner
On the go, should read, oh no, don’t go!

My sister was laughing at me because I have a paper planner. I keep it next to my computer and make notes on it. Sometimes neat notes, sometimes messy ones I can’t read later.

She was laughing for two reasons.

I’m like a tech addict. I put things on my phone’s calendar and I always have it with me. It beeps to tell me to do something. Otherwise I pretty much forget.

And the other reason?

I’m a hermit.

“What do you have that for? So you can plan not to go anywhere?” she asked me.

She has a point.

This got me thinking about what would be the perfect planner for a hermit/introvert.

Instead of inspiring quotes from famous people, it could have 365 reasons not to leave your house.

And tips on how to plan to avoid social occasions in the margins.

Oh, and instead of large squares for lots of appointments, there would be just one short line—with “do you really want to do this” next to it, and then “probably not” next to that.

There should probably be a place for the “have tos,” somewhere on each page.

Things like, “you need more Diet Dr. Pepper, so you’re going to have to go out.”

Or, “people will think you’re dead in here. You can at least walk down and get the mail.”

And “Yes, Amazon will deliver almost everything, but they don’t deliver someone to clean your teeth or cut your hair. You will have to leave the house for that.”

So what would your perfect planner look like in 2016? Would you also plan not to go anywhere? Or do you love to be out and about? I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value).  Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.

And I totally forgot to announce a winner last Friday, so here we go!

Charlotte Phillips!

Congrats! AnaBanana will be in touch about how to get your basket!

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10 thoughts on “Planning to Stay Home

  • January 5, 2016 at 8:55 am

    I use a simple weekly planner made by Punctuate. You can get them at Barnes and Noble. I use my computer and phone calendar as well, but the planner that sits on my desk makes it easy to keep up to do lists and goals. I’ve tried not using it and my life just gets way out of hand. That’s bad because I’m a recovering hermit. sigh

    • January 5, 2016 at 9:19 am

      I have the same problem. I need both phone and paper planner to stay on track (and even then sometimes I crash!). Um, why would you want to recover from being a hermit? hahaha

  • January 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I needed to upgrade my cellphone this year so I decided I’d try and utilise it a bit more than just texting and phone calls … that’s the thing about decisions! 😀

    • January 5, 2016 at 9:15 am

      When I remember to do it, my phone has saved me many times. Oh my memory!

  • January 4, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I start off sticking things in a diary then I forget and look at the post it notes on the side of the fridge. I am going to go out more to get healthier

    • January 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      That was my problem! I’d write it down and then forget to check. O.O

  • January 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

    My Franklin Time Management Planner used to be perfect, but I don’t use it anymore. I need a lot of room to make notes on my plannner: book release date, where I’m guest blogging, who’s a guest on my blog, sales figures and other stats I want to keep track of, etc. I like to see everything at a glance.
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    • January 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      You might like the Erin Condren planner. I love it for that reason. I can make notes on lots of things and they have some cool add-ons.

  • January 4, 2016 at 6:37 am

    When you find that perfect planner, let me know. It would be handy for certain times of the year when I prefer to stay inside. Like winter and summer. Spring and fall will require a different planner though. Moderate temperatures bring out my adventurous side.

    • January 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      LOL true dat! I am using an Erin Condren planner, but yeah, it has places for getting out. I need lots of encouragement to stay home. (grin)

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