We’ve just decorated for Halloween here in the Veldura house. We have glowing cat eyes in the office window, a spiderweb doorway, a haunted train on the bar (and the Hogwarts Lego train, too). There are signs out front that say Trick Or Treat and Welcome Foolish Mortals. We also have a haunted wreath on the door decorated with purple lights and orange glittery spiders. Halloween is the favorite holiday in this house, for sure. A few new pieces are added every year.
I’ve been poking at using a planner for a few months now. A lot of my life is digital, and I want to keep it that way, so it’s been an interesting experiment to figure out what parts of my life have not been well-tracked digitally, and which parts don’t need to be tracked at all. I’ve been having trouble using the planner consistently until a friend of mine made a good point: The use of the planner needs to be fun and engaging. I need to include things that I love seeing, otherwise the planner just becomes another chore.
This seems obvious in retrospect. The past two days I overhauled my planner to focus on creative projects that I have in-process. Not only does that help me make sure I work on things I’ve already started, it also makes the planner fun to flip through and make notes in.
I’ve also added a morning section where I can list out my tasks for the day, which gives me a focus. Tasks are almost never well organized in my life, but even having a messy list is better than nothing. Half way through the day I’ll get distracted on something and utterly forget what I was supposed to work on. We’ll see how this goes to bring me back on track.
My sections are now Morning Meditation (daily list, year goals, accomplishments, etc), Idea Box (capture sculpy, drawing, clay ideas & a sketch section), Projects (for major travel trips, clay, sewing, digital art, etc), and Health (which includes a tracking calendar, lists of workouts, and my monthly housecleaning checklist).
This is a tool I want to try and use every day, but when it becomes a chore or stops being useful, I’ll change it up again and try something new.