Saving for Something Special
Earlier this year, I was taking @RellyAB’s online writing class. The task on day two was to stock up on pens and notebooks, but with an exception for people like me:
If you are already a stationary hoarder, and especially if you don’t use things for fear of messing them up, grab the best and shiniest one you have and write a grocery list in it and then tear it out. It is no longer ‘perfect’ and you can use it just how you need to.
I was shocked. What kind of hellish boot camp had I signed up for? Brutal! Brrruuuuutal task!
Hello. My name is Elisabeth and I am a stationary hoarder. I love buying notebooks, but what super special writing I am saving them for has forever been a mystery.
This squared notebook with wonderful brown paper is a souvenir from my first trip to China. I also bought calligraphy brushes and ink that I have yet to try. I am saving them too.
Printed paper folded double with the unprinted side out, so you can just make out foreign languages in typefaces you’ve never seen before. It’s quite magical and I have no clue what I could do that would be special enough to ever use it.
This was the first time I had seen a branded Moleskine and Pac-Man is the arcade game I remember best from childhood. A perfect notebook to save for something special! (The plastic wrapping was first removed to take this photo now.)
The best and shiniest one of them all, I found in a proper Italian stationary shop. Marbled hard cover and a ribbon you tie into a bow after having shared your secrets. Except that I have of course never written a single word in it before.
Not just stuff
I do this with everything. Saving for something special, for later, for when I am more deserving of what ever it is. I can have tasks that I quite enjoy, but I will save them for after I have finished all the tasks I dread starting. (Usually not leaving any time during a work day for the pleasant work.) My side projects don’t derail because of procrastination, but because I am saving starting on them for later.
I had at some point realized I need to stop buying notebooks. The concept of actually using them – and therefore being able to buy moar notebooks, sounds like a wonderful idea! Lately, I have let myself use new pens straight away. I have practiced using fun tasks as a booster for the ones I dislike. I am making progress.
And just like that, Relly’s advice is applied on my site; with the first post out of the way, I can finally start using it.