I love lists–To Do Lists, Wish Lists, Goal Lists. But then somewhere along the way, the notes section in my iPhone has taken place of the ritual of writing things down on paper. Somehow I don’t think it’s working well; I mean, it’s fine for my Whole Foods’ list, but not for being strategic, or middle-of-the-night ideas (I do not look at my phone at night), planning out in advance, or basically anything that requires thought. Who sits down with their phone in their hand, staring off into space and letting their mind wander, to then type something furiously down before you forget it?!
Back when I was an editor, a status accessory many of us had was an Hermes agenda, which you would get a calendar refill for every year where you would write down your appointments, interview dates, addresses, info etc. There were blank pages in the back which I would fill with lists at home, at work, on airplanes, because I would carry it with me everywhere. You could choose from a myriad of leather covers in beautiful shades (I still have my Hermes orange and a deep eggplant). It felt like an elegant way to put thoughts to paper. Then being sleek and not needing pens or paper replaced being elegant. I’m over it.
This year, in an attempt to be better organized, more strategic with my time and more thoughtful about my intentions and goals, I have ordered a book that is part calendar, part goal-oriented keeper (it even has budget pages), to hopefully get me on track. It is from an Australian brand, The Organised Life (Aussie spelling) and I discovered it because a friend gave me a monogrammed notebook from them for a holiday gift. They are affordable ($40), but shipping costs to U.S. are $30. After looking at other agendas/organization notebooks it might be my favorite. There are others–for the super classic, no frills but very luxurious calendar there is Smython’s Soho agenda ($220), or the Hermes for which you must order the leather cover (starting at $350) and calendar (starting at $65) separately. Then there are the serious goal oriented ones which have very little to do with dentist appointments and to read lists–the Best Self Planner–that covers either 13 weeks ($40) or 6 months per journal (it is date nonspecific–you circle/fill in the correct numbers) for which you write down goals, revisit them, make statement commitments etc., and the Full Focus Planner ($50) which is a 3 month goal-oriented agenda for those who really love getting granular with weekly agenda, ideal week agenda, quarterly preview and ritual pages.
The last two are both favored by self-self and branding gurus, but since I haven’t written anything down in so long they almost terrifying to me. Perhaps once I start getting something down on a regular basis, I will be ready to progress. I am curious to see if going back to making lists will make my life better on some level. I’ll keep you posted.
top photo courtesy An Organized Life