“Beware of the barrenness of a busy life”. -Socrates
I have never been an organized person. My room has always been left in disarray, project deadlines have been forgotten, and punctuality of meeting times have been missed. Recently, this year life got a little hectic as it always does.
“Every survival kit should have a sense of humor”. – Unknown
I needed a way to simply the chaos. First I decided to begin the process of becoming a minimalist. (I wrote about it in a previous blog.) Secondly, I knew I needed to organize my time and really make the minutes count. I had a friend tell me about the passion planner so I decided to look into it .
“Nothing is a wast of time if you use the experience wisely”. – Auguste Rodin
“Variety is the soul of pleasure” _ Aphra Behn
Being an active writer and doodler.The passion planner has been perfect for me. I will always be a free spirit at heart, but there are times in life where organization is essential. (like being the college student that I am) I even write in my planner when I am posting my next blog post or next adventure.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others you need to accept yourself”. -Thich Nhat Hanh
Each month my passion planner asks these questions:
- What was the most memorable part of this past month? Describe it.
- What were the three biggest lessons you’ve learned in this past month?
- Review your planner for the past month and asses your priorities. Are you happy with how you spent your time? If not, what steps can you take next month to adjust them?
- How are different between this past month and the month before it?
- What or who are you especially grateful for this past month?
- Name three things you can improve on this upcoming month. What concrete actions can take to work towards these improvement?
- From 1-10 How do you feel overall about this past month?
I love reflecting on the last month and seeing the progress I made in certain areas and the needed progress in others. Each week I highlight good things that happened, this week that included coffee with Jill, my TEDx talk, and trail running. Above good things that happened I have a week’s focus. Above each day I have a focus as well. Today my focus was “engage”. As I went throughout the day I meditated on this word and actively tried to be fully present in every activity.
“It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to start”. -Angelia Trinidad
Spontaneous adventures still hold a special place in my soul, yet I am learning how to incorporate planning into my life as well. My passion planner has helped me maximize the time I spend and minimize stress and uncertainty of what my next move should be.