Last night on librarian Facebook, I asked a question about keeping sane and grounded in the present when you’re always planning ahead.
Here are some responses I got:
- Tell me if you find out!! I barely know what month it is! (Some variation on this is the most popular response)
- Bullet journaling (the modern panacea)
- Make sure you’re taking time to connect with the seasons, even though sometimes you’re planning for winter in June.
- Try not to bring your work home with you
- Use a calendar book to plan ahead.
- You get better with practice
- Very long, well-meaning post, including anecdotes and stuff they’re planning, that despite being an opportunity where I feel confident that I could go to this woman for advice with organizing my department… is the same as “use a calendar book to plan ahead.”
The posts that completely bypassed the question to give me organizational advice have me shaking my head, man. I DID make the mistake of my initial question being too long, so of course not everyone is going to read it. But I did repeat the question twice within the text.
But how can saying “use a calendar book” to someone who started with the line “I’ve been running a reference department for 6 months straight out of school” be anything but insulting?
On the other hand, I suppose what I could take away from it is that these women think they have they shit together but are so stuck in planning-ahead mode they don’t even realize that planning isn’t the cure for everything. Which is either a stunning view of my future or a cautionary tale.