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DEAR GWEN , my friend really wants me to go on vacation with her next summer . she didn ’ t really ask me , just assumed I ’ d say yes , and she wants me to be in charge of booking the flights so she can focus on hotels and tours and other things involved with the trip . I have a lot going on in my life and don ’ t want to take that much time off work , but she keeps hounding me about when I ’ m going to buy the tickets . How should I let her know that this trip just won ’ t be feasible next year ? — sincerely , Non-confrontational on Nevada
DEAR NON-CONFRONTATIONAL ON NEVADA , Well , I ’ m not going to tell you to just be honest with her and let her know you ’ re not interested in going because when has communication solved anything ?
You know , I ’ m an annoyingly organized person . but I will say that one of my downfalls is I have lists in too many places . It used to be that I had one planner with my schedule ( monthly , weekly , and daily ), my receipts , my budget , and my lists all in one place . but then I got married to a person who decided we needed to sync our Google calendars , a thing I didn ’ t have and really didn ’ t want . And now I have a Google calendar . This has made me half analog and half digital and it has really thrown off my organizational groove . I even started using my iPhone Notes app for more than just weird snippets of my brain that feel important in the moment , but are ultimately so unimportant I forget why I wrote them down . I have actually important stuff in there now all coagulated with notes that say things like “ Guy at kiosk was way too honest with me for no discernible reason ” and “ Taylor swift goth ” and a list of all the
birds I know , which is only a list of six birds and I feel like I should really know more birds at this point in my life and “ brown ones ” isn ’ t even a type of bird , but it ’ s on the list . Anyway , when I need to remember something and I know I put it on a list , it ’ s nearly impossible for me to remember if I wrote it on a physical list or a digital list . even worse , I ’ ve started making lists on envelopes , receipts , scraps of paper , empty Amazon boxes , my arm , a kid ’ s arm ( That ’ s a lie . In grade school someone told me you can get ink poisoning from writing on your arm and while I don ’ t think that ’ s true , it does plague me , so I ’ m not writing lists on a kid . There are other reasons I ’ m not writing lists on kids . One of them is that they ’ re kids and that ’ s a really insane thing to do , but it ’ s also not very practical because kids run a lot and they ’ d be just as hard to track down as a note in my phone ). I ’ m telling you , the Google calendar really threw a wrench in my whole system .
That said , you should mess up your organizational system by starting to use a Google calendar , write a bunch of stuff down in a bunch of places so you forget where you wrote everything , then write down that you need to buy those flights . You ’ ll never remember to do it or where you wrote it down , everything will be terrible , but you ’ ll have a very reasonable explanation as to why you didn ’ t buy them . blame it on the Google calendar situation . — xoxo Gwen
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