I love my Happy Planner. I love being able to summarize my weeks at a glance, and get a snapshot of my responsibilities for the week ahead. I love adding splashes of colour to it. I divide mine up in three sections as opposed to the traditional morning, afternoon and evening. My sections include Prayers/Bible verses/inspiration quotes, Must-Do commitments, and finally, quick Business notes. I can usually tell what kind of a week it will be, by how loaded one section is over another. It also reminds me if I need to shift my priorities for the following week. A couple of weeks ago, I had one those “A-Ha” moments, when a lightbulb came on. One of the things I was most excited about retirement, was the prospect of having a wide open calendar, with blank pages as far as the eye could see. I wanted to be able to fill things in AFTER the fact, as moments took place, instead of BEFORE the fact, scheduling out my life. I thought I could be very deliberate about this, and reach a greater sense of self-satisfaction. Some have questioned why I even bother with an agenda, given my new-found freedom. But, I soon came to the realization that since I’ve retired, I still want to keep track of things in my weekly journal of activities, and also, I do still need to take note of certain appointments and such.
But where did all the blank pages go?! There were very few days of no commitments. Very few carefree days. A couple of you tried to warn me of that. And I thought I was listening. Honest…I did! Two weeks ago, I decided I needed to get serious about it, and start mapping out at least one, if not two “Me Days” in the week ahead. This week, it was going to be Thursday and Friday that I would guard.
And do you know what happened?!
I actually said “no”. TWICE, no less! And I said “yes” to staying on the couch in my flannel jammies as the sun came up (even when I could see the sunrise was going to be a nice one, and I would likely kick myself later), and “yes” to a friend visiting the island for a couple of days. It’s a start for blank pages. And when I turned the page to look ahead at next week, I discovered something quite liberating! As the last week of October, I realized my Happy Planner is out of daily pages. So, next week, I am away for a couple of days, with “blank page” kinda days, but I guess I will have to make a trip to Michael’s to rectify the situation.
Full pages aren’t bad; as long as I have more “yeses”, than “nos”.
YES! to today!