Day Planners and Other Worthless Items

Gloria Lucas
Coping with Capitalism
4 min readMay 20, 2024

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Photo by Karolina Grabowska: https://www.pexels.com/photo/crop-woman-writing-notes-in-notebook-4476371/

I love buying miscellaneous office supplies. My favorite items are day planners, pens, and notebooks. When I feel like splurging on myself, I convince myself that I need a leather bound journal. (Doesn’t every creative?)

The curious thing is, I often attempted to justify the purchases with feigned interest in their purpose, their usefulness. Even when items were gifted, I stood by my assertion that they’re important. Today, I challenge myself to simply enjoy, do things because I like them and not because they need to be labeled as tools for self-improvement, self-care or attempts at a side-hustle. And I do this because of the day I asked my daughter what she wanted to be when she grew up.

Interestingly (or perhaps, horrifyingly), the self-care industry has grown to $1.5 trillion. Though marketed as anything that brings one joy or peace, the underlying message is that successful people (typically billionaires) do this differently.

For instance, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates both reportedly wash their dishes before bed. This, so that they can cross one item from their to-do list, fall asleep faster, and rise with ‘nothing’ to do for the morning. Forget that every functional adult does this on a daily basis, the billionaires are doing this for a purpose.

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Gloria Lucas
Coping with Capitalism

I write about trauma and mental health. Sometimes parenting. Also, short stories. Daydreamer. Always behind on laundry. She/her