The older I get the more I realize that time is a precious gift. And, the older I get the more swiftly I feel it passes. Before I knew it I had become one of those older ladies in the grocery store smiling at young mothers and telling them, ‘Enjoy your time with your wee ones because it will be over before you know it’. It seems like it was only yesterday that the situation was reversed and I was the one receiving those comments from older women.
Once upon a time I was fond of crosstitching historical samplers. The nostalgia of knowing that young girls living in the 17th century learned how to use needle and thread by stitching these samplers enthralled me. One of the earliest sampler I stitched had a saying on it that is relevant to this time of year? The sampler says –
I know that when I spend my time wisely and efficiently the result is feeling more fulfilled and ‘balanced’ , especially when my head hits the pillow at the end of the day. I can also enjoy the things I really want to do(like knitting of course). The days that I wander around in circles, not seeming to accomplish much, are the days that I end up feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and irritable.
I’ve concluded that the unproductive days are usually the days that I don’t work from a TO DO LIST but instead try to remember all the tasks I need to accomplish by putting them in the back of my mind and trying to recall them. I am convinced that this robs me of energy because I’m constantly trying to remember what I have to do!
The way I keep my time organized is by using a dayplanner. I have a favorite that I’ve used through the years designed by Franklin Covey. I bought my 2009 planner today! I graduated this year to a larger size because, for some reason, the print seems to be getting smaller 🙂
I’ve made an additional change in my plan this year and that is to only use one daily planner. I’ve usually carried a smaller one in my purse while using the larger one at home. I missed a couple appointments this year because I forgot to keep both planners updated. So 2009 will be the year I learn to carry my planner with me everywhere! I picked out a color that matches my knitting bag, see?
THIS WEEK’S GOALS
And of course knitting will be an important addition to my new planner. I must make a needle inventory list to carry around with me so I know how to round out my collection. And I probably out to make a few project sheets of yarn I need for future projects……….although……. I AM going to drastically reduce my stash this year…at least, that is the plan!
This way of organizing my schedule works for me but I am most curious to see what works for you! Who knows? I just might be using YOUR method in 2010.