Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Me, But Were Afraid to Ask #4

I don’t think this will come as a surprise to anyone who knows me… but I really like to plan… like *really, really*. The more detailed the plan, the better. πŸ˜†

Some members of my family who shall remain nameless… well really, all the members of my family… might say that this tendency of mine could be categorized as annoying, but I would categorize it as my amazing superpower. πŸ˜„ It keeps me from going off the rails (more off the rails???) and it keeps me happy. Two things that John would attest to the importance of. πŸ˜‰

In the olden days, when we used paper and pen to record things, I had a small brown leather planner with a pen loop and a pen, that I used for everything… oh how I loved that planner πŸ’—… now, my phone has replaced the planner and with the apps that I have, I am able to plan even more things… all the things. πŸ˜‚

To give you an idea, below you will find a list of a few of the many things that I use on my phone that allow me to plan to my heart’s content:

My Personal Calendar

  • Holidays- are we visiting or being visited, meal planning, sleeping arrangements
  • Appointments- your basic who, what, when, where, & why
  • Activities- pickleball, tennis, book club, lunch plans, or other day and time
  • Reminders- are there phone calls, texts, or emails to be made
  • My to do list- get gas, pick up chocolate ice cream, etc… you know, the important things
  • Ongoing projects- what am I working on, supplies needed, what step will be accomplished

At the end of each day, all completed items are deleted and anything left incomplete (oh, the horror 😱) is moved to the next day.

My Google Calendar

  • My blog content calendar- what is to be published and when
  • My to do list for the blog- learn a new skill

Similarly, all completed items are “marked complete”, which is Google speak for deleted. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

My Texts

  • Anything that I still need to respond to
  • Anything that I am waiting for a response to
  • Anything from anyone who I text with regularly

Otherwise, once the conversation is complete, it gets deleted. I’m beginning to sense a pattern here. πŸ˜…

Notes

  • Which I am currently using to write this post before I transfer it to my laptop (a process which is simultaneously easier and more complicated than it needs to be)
  • Book club calendar including books, dates, and who is hosting each meeting for the current year (regardless of the fact that we now use an app to do that for us)
  • Christmas gift ideas for each member of the family along with what they received the previous year to avoid duplicates
  • Garden planning, including six separate garden sites and the flowers, shrubs, and trees to be included in each
  • Projects planned for our home until the end of time, known as The Master List
  • Tennis season court calendar including the schedule for which four of us (out of nine) are scheduled to play on rotation for the current season

Is this typical? I don’t know… but it’s typical for me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Once it has been inputted into my phone, it can be outputted from my brain… and that’s a very good thing. My motto is you can never be too rich, too thin, or too planned. 🀣 Any other first born Type A personalities who have a similar talent? We could form a support group… or maybe one for our families who have to live under our full time, all the time, planning umbrella.

πŸ’œKendra

P.S. Now I get to delete this from the to do list in my personal calendar, “mark complete” in my Google calendar, *and* delete it from Notes. It’s a good day. 🀣🀣🀣

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