“If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real.”
I am pretty sure this morning’s Daily Love was written for me. Actually, all of the Daily Loves this past week seem to be hitting my nail on it’s head. Has that ever happened to you? You are on a kind of tangent with your life, maybe it’s a rut, maybe it’s an idea, and everywhere you go there are little hints that just-so-happen to align with your thoughts?
This morning, Mastin (I’m just going to pretend we’re on a first name basis) was talking about his upcoming trip to New York and how he has scheduled his eating and working out into his travel plans. He calls his calendar, “a magical tool.“
This simple truth made me crack up! Last year, I bit it and got an iPhone. I finally realized that regardless of how much I like to be old fashioned, it was counterproductive (and ridiculous) to go home every time I needed to check my email to set up appointments. I told Alex that it would help me organize my calendar too. He told me that I would probably just use my paper planner anyway because I like paper better. I laughed (okay, maybe I got bossy), and assured HIM that this was not the case, and then after 2 seconds of having my phone went back to my paper.
The thing is, though, that although I am still using my beloved paper calendar, I am not really in it. Every 2 weeks there are 2 big X‘s through 2 days that I use to work on the Teacher Training manual (which I often schedule appointments in anyhow), but other than that I don’t really block off much time for myself (and writing the manual is not really ME time even though I love it).
What happens because of this? I feel depleted, so even when I am not busy, I am not really using my time well. I sit around fiddling on my computer, I eat food that I am too tired to heat up, I distractedly read a paragraph or 2 of a book, and I end up buying a bunch of things I don’t really need to make up for the fact that I am not taking care of myself. Ick.
I am not saying that this one article single handedly has changed my habits (although I’d like to think it will), but looking at my planner did shed some light on why I’ve been feeling so dull lately. Sheesh. After I read this, I wrote in my next WOD at Brazen and put 2 yoga classes on my schedule for next week. I am going to schedule my other appointments around them. What an incredibly novel idea.
I’ve also picked dates for next year’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (which I will announce shortly), as well as started researching a 1 month destination 200 Hour YTT intensive for next summer (2014). Also this week, I have sent out the filled-with-amazingness info packets to the registered attendees of next March’s retreat at Lumeria in Maui! If you’d like to join us, please check it out here! Rooms are going quickly!
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“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Stephen R. Covey
(Also from today’s Daily Love)