Hello, my name it Emily Rupe and I'm an anal retentive groomer. I've always suffered from this NEED to have all my ducks in a row and doubt there is any cure. Recognizing I have a "condition" I've decided to share my disorder in hopes of helping others.
Each year it's the same, around Sept/Oct I create a chart. This manifestation of my disease is 8 rows (representing 8wks of scheduling) and 5 columns (each day of my work week). I print off 2 copies, one I fill in with my current reoccuring cleints, the other chart I use to layout my schedule for next year. Armed with my charts I go through and re-vamp my schedule. I make one day for odd weekers, so that my 3 and 5 weekers don't cause conflicts with the even weeked ones. Another day, usually toward the beginning of the week, so that traveling to grooming shows do not hamper, I put my weekly and bi-weekers. The rest of my clients are placed according to location and frequency.
With my new schedule mapped out, and a possible withdrawal looming...I look to further organize my files. With great relief I turn to my actual client address book (my hard copy that goes in my planner....I have a computerized one too). I take another hit, as I purchase a new book and then transfer the data. I reserve my best pen for the task and focus on not making any unsightly mistakes...white out is a downer. I add any clients I may have recently taken on and drop those who I have not serviced in the past 6 months. Grooming notes are fixated on and updated, so that the information is as current as possible.
I admit I have a problem, but with my clients being enablers (they encourage prompt, reliable service) I may never quit. They demand their yearly calendars each year, lovingly placed into Christmas cards in Dec....not realizing the monster they have created. I hope sharing by sharing my condition I bring awareness. Thank you for your support.