I need an intervention

Remember this photo?

Disease

I posted that photo about a year ago to document the sickness I have with compulsively buying new calendars and spending HOURS re-writing birthdays and anniversaries in each one.

How about these resolutions? Especially this one:

7. Do not buy any more calendars this year. Amen. I have this bad habit of buying new calendars every few months. Not only is this a bad habit financially, but it feeds an already unhealthy office-supply addiction. I buy new ones because I don’t like it when the old ones become messy. But – it takes me a full day to transfer everything (neatly) into the new calendar. So, it also becomes a HUGE waste of time. I’ve ordered my desk calendar for the year and I have a daily planner for my purse. I need NOTHING else. If it gets messy, I must suck it up and deal with it. I will NOT buy a new one!

Well, I lied. I bought another calendar this past weekend and finally filled in all of the important dates. I couldn’t help myself. It was so pretty! And it had this great magnetic closure that makes it easy to throw in a bag and not worry about it getting wrinkled. And it has those cute perforated corners so you’ll always be able to flip to the write page. And it’s pretty! Did I mention that? And that I also needed something to do with all of the new pens I bought during school supply outings? And that the calendar is SO PRETTY!

I’m sick.

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26 Responses

  1. The Muse says:

    I am the same way with notepads. I usually don’t get through an entire one before its too “icky” for me to use anymore. Especially if a couple of pages are torn out in a non-perfect kind of way.

    Plus, I just like writing things down.

    We can be OCD together. :)

  2. Stephanie says:

    Clearly when you said no new calendars this year back in January, you meant for the school year. And now? It’s a new school year… and you have to be on the same calendar year as your kids. See? Totally justified.

    No photo of the pretty new calendar?

  3. Dabney says:

    I would like to see the new calendar before I make a judgement.

  4. Cass says:

    I have the same obsession. NPS (neat planner syndrome) – I can’t tell you how many notebooks I have had to purchase for to do lists either – or post it notes that got folded funny and are now deemed useless to me.

    This year I was cured. Thanks to Franklin Covey – You get a new planner EVERY MONTH. And I splurged on the leather envelope style closure.

    I realize this is tempting you to purchase another planner….this may be your last one though.

    http://shopping.franklincovey.com/shopping/catalog/productpaper.jsp?id=prod1580045&c=Julie-Morgenstern-Daily-Wire-Bound-Organizing-System—Jul-07—Jun-08

  5. MoMMY says:

    well? Can’t we see it? I MUST see it. And I help myself with this problem by having our family wall calendar be a Jan-Dec one and my purse planner a Sept-Aug one. That way I get to feed my addiction 2x’s a year.

  6. Janet says:

    That pink, grey, green & white one, on top of the butterfly one? I ALMOST bought that at Barnes & Noble last night :-)

    Soooooooooooo pretty!

  7. mama speak says:

    Was it a calendar that goes from Sept 07-Dec 08? If it was then it doesn’t count toward this year, or next year for that matter, cause it’s a “mid-term” calendar.

    I know I’m not helping.

  8. Oh crap, this is funny. Dude, keri smith just released an awesome “non-planner”! In fact, ironically enough, her announcement was the post listed right below this one in my google reader. SORRY!

    Here it is:

    http://www.kerismith.com/blog/archives/000499.html

  9. AlliT says:

    You are too cute!!!!! When I bought HMac school supplies.. (which he was totally not interested in) I bought myself tons of new loot!!! I had WAYYYY more fun than he did.. Oh wait, he didn’t even want to go with me, so I went alone..

    We are dorks!!!!!!

    My fav place to drool – I mean look….

    http://www.seejanework.com

  10. Do we not get a pic of the new oh-so-pretty calendar?

  11. Fraulein N says:

    Heh. I was wondering how you were doing with that resolution, especially after reading that you’d been back-to-school shopping.

  12. snakeepoo says:

    Yes. We must get help. I do this with blank journals. I already have a ton that are still blank and yet if I see a cute one, I must have it. It’s a sickness.

  13. stace says:

    I love this entry! ;)

  14. wilddreemer says:

    yeah we are giong to need to see a picture of pretty planner

  15. I do it too! And address books. I keep buying those damn things. And, then I get so mad when I mess up while writing in pen in the new one. I am with you, all the way.

  16. Mindy says:

    My daughter and I love to go school supply shopping. I will not mention how many planners and notebooks we have. My son couldn’t care less about these things. I think maybe he was adopted or switched at birth or something.

  17. YaYa says:

    I have a Cars calendar for 2007. I can’t wait to see what our 2008 calandar will look like. Maybe my Mom (Juls) will let me pick it out.

  18. I used to do this as well. I love nice-looking note pads and calendars! I’m trying to convert my obsession over to an online program, but it just isn’t the same. Sigh.

  19. Jessica says:

    I’m right there with you – and the saddest part is that I don’t even USE them, since I actually keep track of my datebook online.

    I hestitate to show you this:
    http://www.kerismith.com/blog/

    You know you want it.

  20. cursingmama says:

    I have a brand new one in my bag with the cutest black & white houndstooth cover. I haven’t written a single thing in it yet because I have an evil office supply thought with it. I’m going to make an excel database with all the important stuff I transfer from one to the other all the time (birthdays & anniversarys) and then I’m going to print those on clear labels in colorful fun fonts. I am crazy.

  21. cursingmama says:

    also – just saw the new kitchen floor at mrZ’s flickr…and am now thinking up Mr. Motorcycle’s next project. Actually it’ll be like the 4th project because I’ve already got 1-3 totally planned for him ;)

  22. WendyB says:

    That really is the cutest planner! Where did you pick that up? And someone mentioned Spet – Dec 2008, is that the case on this one?

  23. OMG, i’m so totally there. i love me some planners. i even have a phone that’s a pda. but…um… if you think i EVER know when or where i’m going, well… sigh.

  24. Daphne says:

    I’m not sure how I stumbled upon you – I am, however, glad to find so many people that share my guilty pleasure. It’s almost like I trick myself into thinking that the more calenders I keep the more organized I will be. Ha.

  25. Cmommy says:

    THANK YOU. Can we start a support group? (I’d proudly display a button on my blog :-)) I thought I was the only one who had a calendar fetish! Oh, and blank journals. And notebooks.

  26. Zandria says:

    I must agree that you absolutely need an intervention. Multiple calendars? Hours spent re-writing each one? I think you need one of those electronic Palm-Pilots or something. You probably could have bought one already with the money you’ve spent on paper ones! :)

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