He's a Freak. But he's my freak :)
So anyway, my choices are to either join him or kill him. After some thought, I chose the former.
I bought a SuperMofoKnockYouOuttaYerSocks Planner. It's one of those fancy-schmancy Franklin Covey ones.
It basically uses 8.5" x 11" sheets. The thing is MASSIVE.
I was skeptical at first, but I'm loving it (as long as I actually DO what I WRITE). It's pretty cool, in that it's not only a daily planner, but an entire system for integrating values, goals and relationships. Because, y'know, I'm not carrying around enough in this fifty-pound planner.
My self-defined values thus far:
Integrity: I am truthful with others and with myself-- in my deeds, words and thoughts. My integrity lies at the core of my very essence-- it is solid and cannot be compromised. My deeds, my words and my thoughts are consistent with my values.
Gratitude: I will endeavor to truly appreciate the many blessings in my life and see the myriad miracles and stunning beauty in each moment. I will let the people I love know how much I appreciate them.
Humour & Joy: I (will) laugh, every day. I remember to smile, even (especially) in the face of adversity. I recognize and actualize my ability to release the smiles and laughter locked within others.
Love: I shall fear nothing. I cleanse myself of all fear-based habits and attitudes, and allow love and light to fill those spaces. I share my love with the world, and embrace love given to me.
Divinity: I recognize, respect and honour the divinity that exists within each person, including myself. I believe in miracles, large and small, and help make them happen. I take the time to notice the touch of God's hand in everyday things, and allow it to fill me with wonder and joy.
Education/Understanding: I endeavor to learn or understand at least one new thing each and every day. I readily share my knowledge, experience and wisdom with other. I seek to understand before I try to be understood. Some things cannot be fully understood by me, and that's OK, too.
Progress: I strive to add value to the world, not reduce it. I do not procrastinate*, but energetically work to create positive change. I achieve my goals, and help others achieve theirs, as well. I recognize that I am a powerful force of change in the world, whether I actively choose the changes I create or not. Therefore, I should be aware of my effect, and in control of it.
Personal Responsibility: I do not blame external influences-- people, situations or things-- for my state of being. I create my emotional state, and am not controlled by it, nor can others' emotions control me. I, and I alone, am responsible for my destiny and my choices. I recognize that I'm constantly making choices, and endeavor to be aware of the choices I make and to keep them consistent with my values.
PTHBTBTBTBTBTTHHHHH: Life is WAY too wonderful and fun to take it SO seriously all the time. Especially do I not take myself too seriously. Let's dance!
I added that last one just now. Leave it to Livejournal to remind me that I'm six, and that a healthy amount of irreverence is, well, quite healthy indeed ;)
Another way this planner works is by redefining my many roles. Each role may focus on one relationship, or many. Every week, I figure out one thing that will help me in each of those roles, schedule it in my planner (along with a number of other things) and put it on a bookmark that moves with me through my planner.
Covey suggests you limit yourself to seven roles. It took some time to figure out how I might best divide them up.
- vice president
- family member
Speaking of writing, I've begun listening to the audiobook version of Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, and started my first morning pages today. Nice to clear out the dreck-- makes it easier to write here, somehow.
Anywho, that's enough for now... hope you are all healthy, happy and, um... huggable?
~Hugs to those who need 'em, those who want 'em, and those who don't run away quickly enough~
* I laugh every time I read this. Does this make me a bad person?
** I'ma bitch, I'ma lover, I'ma child, I'ma mother, I'ma sinner, I'ma saint, I do not feel ashamed...
** Or alternately, I'm a man - I'm a teaser I'm a man - Well I'm a virgin I'm a man - I'm a one night stand I'm a man - I'm a drug I'm a man - Well I'm your slave I'm a man - I'm a dream divine And we make love together.
*** Not in any bad way; I was merely away on business when the last board revote went through. It's for the best :)
**** "Nuva-ring. Consider it a jelly bracelet for your inner 80s child."