Here we are, barely 64 days into this new year … and January 1 already seems like ages ago. I’m switching things up a bit this year with my daily photos, using Flickr and a mosaic maker instead of apps on my phone and iPad. It’s a little easier and it makes me feel better about paying $5.99 a month for Flickr*.
amaryllis, daffodils and cherry blossoms … lots of knitting … a little bit of Holly … a few people (me included!) … and even a little sunshine.
I’ve started two new habits this year – eating breakfast (see January 2, 3 and 10) and using my calendar for more than just appointments (January 11). 10 weeks in, I’m feeling confident I can stick with both. breakfast because it really does make me feel better and I think I’m eating healthier overall because I’m snacking less in the afternoons. and the calendar because it makes me happy. Here’s a look at last week, all finished.
A few folks have asked about it, so here’s how it works for me:
I use the calendar on my phone to make appointments for anything beyond the current week. On Monday morning, I transfer that week’s appointments to this paper calendar. The paper calendar is the only one I use for the current week. (by the way, it’s this calendar). I love filling in the page with the details around my days … and flipping back to see nine of them covered in words and images! I’m using the untimed box at the top to record breakfast and the one at the bottom for a bit of “praying in color” (each morning, I close out my journaling time with a single word and colored pencils). The bottom two timed rows – since nothing much ever happens around here after dinner 🙂 are what I’m listening to and reading.
I also have a to-do list (you can see it peeking out on the right hand side), but those I don’t keep. If a to-do takes a lot of time, it will show up on the calendar when I do it.
Clearly this is not a system for anyone with lots of appointments or to-do’s, but for a retired type A, it works. and it’s fun!
64 days into this new year, finding fun in something as mundane as my calendar seems like a good thing! Have you found fun in anyplace unexpected this year?
*I have almost 5,000 photos uploaded there, dating back to 2007 when I got my first digital camera. When Flickr announced their plan to reduce the “free” service to just 1,000 photos, I realized there was no good way for me to get all those photos moved someplace else. So I bit the bullet and reinstated my Pro account. We’ll see what enhancements they end up making … it could end up being a viable long-term option for me to back up and access my photos. I know a few of y’all have been using Flickr Pro for years and I’d certainly welcome any tips/advice you have to share!
edited April 8, 2019 to remove the Flickr links and update the photos.