I am a lunatic when it comes to calendars. Pun completely intended (lunacy = intermittent periods of insanity based on the stages of the moon).
I love them. I love them as much as I love any paper products, which is saying quite a bit.
When I see a calendar, I see possibilities.
A calendar could make me organized. I could use it to schedule my time, to refresh my memory, to make sure I don’t miss another event.
A calendar could improve my relationships. I could fill it with get-togethers with friends, look back to reminisce about fun times I’ve had, see how long it’s been since I’ve seen someone I love (so I can call and make a date with them, soon!).
A calendar could help me be healthier. I could use it to record what I’ve eaten, if I’ve worked out, what my challenges and successes are when I go to yoga.
A calendar could even help me be a better blogger. I could use it to keep track of the posts I make in a linear manner, so that I make sure I am blogging consistently and not repeating myself.
A calendar, therefore, would make me happier. It would take away the uncertainty, the worry, and the stress that not using a calendar brings to my life.
Wait a minute… Lori, did you just say you do not use a calendar?
Um… yeah. I don’t use one consistently. Somehow, that habit has never stuck with me.
I buy calendars all the time. Historically, I have bought an average of three calendars every year. (I just made up that number, but it’s probably low, if anything.) I’ll get one that seems like it is going to be perfect, then I will find that it is too big/small/inconvenient or that I forget to bring it/forget to check it/forget to write in it. At that point, I go out in search of another calendar that will, this time, be the perfect one. Repeat ad nauseum…
This week, for instance, I have been looking through stationery stores all over London, trying to find the perfect calendar to use right now. I want one to keep track of where we have been, what we have done, where we are going next, how to structure our time on the trip. I have seen some cool calendars – including one with a silicone Lego-style cover! – but I have not pulled the trigger.
Why not? Because I want to learn to use Google calendar consistently. It’s electronic, so it doesn’t add any extra weight (good for Ryanair and for carrying-around purposes); it’s compatible with my phone, so I always have it with me; it is flexible, so I can color code and group items together and make it work for me. These are all arguments in its favor. Its possible pitfalls: I don’t get a lot of time on the internet over here in Europe, so adding events and/or checking the calendar can be iffy, where a paper calendar would not be so internet-access dependent.
My goal for this week is to use Google calendar every single day, and to check it at regular intervals.
Do you use Google calendar? let me know if you have any tips or tricks. Thanks!
I’m grateful! for everything about London. Liz’s home is so comfortable, she is so kind, I’m loving yoga, and I’ve gotten in touch with my second cousin, Clare. All this, and London museums and attractions as well – it’s been a wonderful stay so far. (It’s raining, but we are Oregonians. I have noticed that Londoners all carry umbrellas, unlike Portlanders.)