It was very nearly a disaster. It was a Sunday. I’d done my weekly planning in the morning, organised my calendar for the week and made my lists. I’d been to a meeting at my studio, written down all the points, measured up my space so I could buy furniture, and for once in my life it was all in one notebook, not on a million scraps of paper.

Then I popped to my Mum’s for dinner and LEFT IT THERE!

I didn’t realise for ages, then went to look for it to check my Monday plans and panicked. Eventually had the presence of mind to call Mum, who said she thought it was just a notebook of mine.


Carla's bullet journal |

We tried several times that week to retrieve it (it wasn’t lost for long, I was being dramatic – but it was away from me for eight days which felt like a lifetime!), and eventually realised I’d have to cope without it for a week or so.

Bujo addicts and planner converts – once you’re converted, have you tried living without your planner?

I was a walking disaster!

It turns out that once I write something down by hand, with a pen, in my planner, it removes itself from my brain.

Helpful for feeling calmer and getting more done. Decidedly unhelpful when you can’t recall where you are meant to be and why (or when).

I missed work meetings, forgot birthdays, put the wrong bins out. I missed burlesque class because I didn’t realise it was Wednesday, and by the Tuesday I was refusing to make any plans with anyone (including doctor’s appointments) in case I was double booking myself.

Once I eventually retrieved it, there was then a readjustment period where I kept misplacing the damned thing and then having a full scale panic. I can tell you that the entirety of my day job colleagues now think I’m utterly mad, especially as I do have a wall planner, kitchen calendar and Google calendar. I can also confirm that I feel distinctly saner when my bullet journal is safe & within sight, and that my other calendars are in no way up to date enough!

Losing it was much more awful than the loss of a small hardback notebook should be, really.

I am now percolating ideas for a backup – because if I ever properly lose it, or it is stolen, the contents of it would be worthless to the finder but disastrous for me to lose.

I’d love to hear other stories of planner loss & disaster, to reassure me I’m not alone, and more crucially, to find out how you all cope when it happens! Comment here or drop me an email – 😀