And Just Like That, We Have Plans Again
For over a year now most of our schedules and calendars have been pretty bare. Weddings and birthday parties were few or put on hold all together, and entertainment like concerts and festivals were non-existent. For a long while there we weren’t even getting drinks with friends or going on dates.
Now most of the US is open for business. Concerts and comedy shows are getting put back on the schedule at local venues, restaurants are filling with people relieved to get a break from cooking, and sports fans are back in the bleachers.
Once again we’re all on-the-go. But are we all ready?
Do we remember how to do this thing called “having plans?” We’re all handling it in different ways. Some are eager to have a full schedule again - throwing some Nubu in their bag and swishing out of the door with excitement. But others are having a hard time getting used to juggling all the activities and socializing of normal life.
So what are some ways people are keeping track of it all?
An “Old School” Paper Planner
One working mom in a Chicago suburb is ready to go, and she has her trusted planner filling up once again. With all the technology we have these days, Google calendars, apps and alarms, we were curious why this busy woman, Alejandra, chooses an “old school” paper planner.
“I am a visual person, so I need to see it all laid out. Plus, writing it down helps me remember it better, so even if I don’t have my planner with me I can “see it” in my mind because I remember writing it down. I also feel super accomplished checking things off once I’ve finished the task. It motivates me. Stickers are a bonus that I don’t always have time to do, but it’s fun when I do!”
Turning to Digital Apps
Want to categorize your tasks by type? There’s an app for that. Need something pretty, yet functional, that helps you find pleasure in planning and staying organized? There’s an app for that too.
Essentially, there’s now an app for whatever kind of planner you are, and no matter what kinds of plans (business, family, dating, pet parent) you’re trying to keep up with. If you’re looking for a new more efficient way to keep all your plans together, a website for working professionals “The Balance” ranked the following as the top planning apps for 2021:
- Things 3
- Google Calendar
- Awesome Calendar
- Fantastical 2
- Reminder App
- Microsoft Outlook
The Chaos Method
Ok let’s be honest, some of us are just missing appointments, bailing on plans, running late for meetings, and our furry friends are looking quite shaggy. And guess what, THAT’S OK.
That little thing we just went through… it was not so little, and it was long. You wouldn’t jump into a marathon without training, right?
Maybe we were on-the-go a little too much before the world shut down, and it’s ok to take this opportunity to set your own pace. Don’t be afraid to say no without guilting yourself about how you should appreciate being able to do things again.
If you do find yourself running on-the-go back at full steam, don’t forget to stay hydrated and nourished. And of course, we highly recommend our rich and filling Nubu Nut Butter Bites - perfect for throwing in your bag and noshing on the way to your next appointment.
Ok friends, we’ll see you out there.