大约两个月前，我买了一个日程安排。掌上电脑。老套。我使用智能手机上的日历上有几次让我失望。我错过了约会，我有约会，我安排在错误的时间，或者在错误的一天数码万年历，以及一个约会，我发誓我输入了我的智能手机日历只是简单地消失了。我被这一切尴尬。It’s one thing to make a human error, but a human error aided by a computerized device became too much to bear, so I went analog and found a terrific day planner that helps me keep track of all of my appointments, just like the old days.
Being a retro kind of guy, I love the tactile, nostalgic nature of putting pen to paper. I love smelling the whiff of new pages. I like seeing the unexplored landscape of empty days fill with events I look forward to. Being a visual artist, I like seeing the architecture of my days and months build and grow inside this neat little book. I learned the art of keeping a calendar from my parents. My mom, to this day, charts important appointments on a wall calendar that hangs in her kitchen. My dad, the ultimate life-hacker, crafts his own day planner using a standard notebook. Since returning to the written method of scheduling, I find the act of writing down dates and appointments better ingrains the story of my life as it unfolds. I find it easier, and more fun, to keep my life productive and timely. I also experience more clarity about the things that are important to me. When I write an appointment down, there’s a level of personal commitment I’m establishing, more so than typing into my digital device with its predictive typing. Talk about living life by route; trusting the effortless ease of autopilot scheduling was the culprit in my missing those appointments. My planner engages my awareness while I’m mapping my activities, which makes me eager to greet both the far future, and the days ahead.
信不信由你，我们通过今年一半是。因为它的七月，我的日程上一两页的练习，要求我反思过去的六个月。它鼓励我想想都完成，或者未完成的目标，总结经验教训，并重新确定我的目标在未来6个月来。是啊。之一那些kind of planners. Truth is, it’s a perfectly valid question – helpful even. Howhavethings been going these past six months, and how做我想要的东西在未来去？在数字化时代，时间快速移动。这感觉就像一月昨天，十二月感觉像它将于下周。在我们家，我们开玩笑说，如何在三个小时内，我们必须走出去，买了圣诞树。时间觉得快！所以我采取这一反射做操不认真。看完这个，也许你会喜欢。
For me, the past six months have been a hit list of highs and lows in every area of life. A career high, a health low, a family high, and romantic relationship low, a financial low, a health insurance low, a student loan low, a physical pain low, a dream deferred low, a diet low, a fitness low, low, low, low….whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! With this recent string of lows, it’s tempting to think that this low life pattern will be any different in the future. The disappointing pattern keeps me stalled when I want to be moving forward in life. If a low gets followed by another low, then followed by yet another low, isn’t it possible that a low will follow that low, and another low will follow that one too? Of course one can beat the odds and hit a high, but how many lows will that take?!
Years ago, a spiritual teacher shared with me a phrase that helps me ease stress when a pattern of misfortune seems set in motion: Up until now. The phrase helps me to shift my attention to thinking of misfortune as finite, as opposed to perpetual. It’s a stopgap that allows me just enough time to reframe the story of my life.到现在为止，我已经不幸的字符串。Up until now, I’ve made lousy eating choices. Up until now, I’ve felt so trapped by the pressure of my student loan.You get the picture.
“Music is the space in between the notes.” – Claude Debussy
Up until now, I felt like life was moving so fast, but moving forward, I can see how life has plenty of opportunities to experience the beauty in the journey. I’m going to take more responsibility for showing up for my life, and not rely so heavily on my smartphone to live life for me. Toting around a day planner like it’s the 1990s may not be the right fit for everyone, but it’s the right fit for me; at least right now. Who knows, maybe in six months I’ll go back to my digital ways, but today, I love how present and engaged it makes me feel, and isn’t that an important part of the journey?
*The planner I have is called Passion Planner. I researched other motivational type planners and this one suited me best in style and content. Maybe you’ll like it too. Check it out atwww.PassionPlanner.com