07 February 2012

Everything In Its Place

The average person's life is very complex, and in our current ever-changing social climate, it seems as if our lives are only growing more and more complicated. It used to be that one person in a household could work, assume the role of a "bread-winner", and support a family. Now, in most cases, those days are gone. I know those days are gone in my personal situation!

Then, on top of the growing complexity of each individual person's random collection of self-interests, there is the collective complexity of the family unit; picking up the kids from school, driving them to soccer practice, and cooking a meal at the end of the day are all tasks that somebody in the household has to take on... either that, or enlist the help of a willing and available family member (my parents are a Godsend).

I guess where I'm going with all of this is... it's time to get organized.
I have a pretty good memory, and I usually remember all of the things that I have to do in a given day. I also have a smart phone with a calender feature, and frankly, smart phones are so intuitive that my calender automatically updates with details as trivial as my second grade teacher's birthday. It would seem as if a device like this would be sufficient to keep one's schedule in line, right?

Well let me revert to my January 31st post about my quest to reinvent myself. Keeping all of my to-dos organized internally meant virtually storing my tasks alongside the clutter of a mind and body made sluggish by booze, cigarettes, and complacency. Even if my memory was acute, I was not creating an environment for my precious tasks befitting of their importance. And even still, even if I had not been drinking, smoking and taking my life for granted, I was not establishing a graphic interface for the cataloging of my time. (Can you guess where this is going?)

Get a calender. There, I said it. This is where this whole post has been going. And not the calender hanging on the kitchen wall with kittens or hot air balloons on it either. Get a blotter-style desk calender and keep it in a place that will consistently be kept free from clutter. No matter what state of disarray may befall the rest of your home, keep this place free of debris. Keep a pen with the calender that writes smoothly and boldly. I like .07 millimeter gel pens.

These calenders are most commonly seen in a 22" by 17" layout. Since I made my dresser into my special, clutter-free place, this size was little too big for my needs. On ebay, however, I found a calender with the more modest dimensions of 17" by 11". This size is perfect for me. The way I am looking at the calender is that each square is a day of my life that I can allocate however I see fit. On a day that I am working, I am selling one of my squares to my boss for a day's pay. On a day that I am not working, I can use a square for leisure, or self-improvement, or tidying up my house... you get the point. But a graphical layout such this calender is necessary to truly view one's time as a commodity.

Remember the definition of success. Success is enjoying your time. It is our responsibility to "fill our squares" with things that make us happy. Things we enjoy. Most importantly, however, it is important to remember that we choose how we fill our squares. The process of learning to enjoy the choices we make and the allocation of our squares is the pathway to a successful lifestyle.


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