关于two months ago I bought a day planner. Handheld. Old school. The calendar I was using on my smartphone failed me on a few occasions. I had missed appointments, I had appointments in my digital calendar scheduled for the wrong time, or the wrong day, and one appointment that I swore I typed into my smart phone calendar had simply vanished. I was so embarrassed by all of it. 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.
是一种怀旧的人,我爱的触觉,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.
Day by day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.
信不信由你,今年我们中途。乙ecause it’s July, my day planner has a two-page exercise that asks me to reflect on the past six months. It encourages me to think about goals that were accomplished, or unaccomplished, lessons learned, and to redefine my goals for the next six months to come. Yeah. One ofthosekind of planners. Truth is, it’s a perfectly valid question – helpful even. How有things been going these past six months, and howdo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?!
A New Thought
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.Up until now, I’ve had a string of misfortune.Up until now, I’ve made lousy eating choices. Up until now, I’ve felt so trapped by the pressure of my student loan.你得到的图片。
There’s an addendum to the phrase: Moving forward.展望未来，我可以存在与自己当谈到做出选择。Moving forward, I can pay attention to what my body needs, not what it craves. Moving forward, I can remind myself I’m smart enough to handle my student loan.
直到现在,我觉得生活是移动如此之快,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