I have always liked the couple of days after Christmas. The craziness of the days before Christmas are over and now there is a time of simple quiet. Oh, it’s a quiet that won’t last more than a day or two; but they are welcome days after the rush and busy schedules of the holiday.
I find the days between Christmas and the New Year a time of little, if any, stress. There is not much to do during this in between time. These few days are a time of reflection and rest before the beginning of the new year and all the plans and expectations and resolutions made at the end of the old year.
Me? I have no great plans for next year, I don’t know what to expect, and I won’t make New Year’s resolutions. What I know from experience is that things will happen, planned or not, expect the unexpected because there are always surprises, and making resolutions is a waste of time, they are sure to be forgotten. This mindset may seem unwise and unexciting and non-productive to all the type A personality people, driven to do more, get more, and be more. But it works for me.
I use three calendars, four, if you count the one at work. One of the calendars is on the computer, it is the master calendar. It has birthdays, appointments, work schedule, and to-do’s on it. The second is on my phone, it has appointments and dates with friends, but no birthdays or to-do’s. The third calendar is a paper daily planner diary sort. It has most of what is on the computer calendar but also has little notes to myself on it. The one at work just reminds me what day it is and if it is payday, so I really do not count that one.
Why in the world do I need three calendars? Well, the one on the phone is always with me and if someone wants to make plans I can check it and confirm dates. The computer calendar is the one I have depended on for a few years to keep track of everything. One day I got to thinking about computer crashes and what I would do if this laptop of mine went BAM and I lost all my stuff. So the birth of the paper planner/diary.
I know I will keep the phone calendar because like I said I have it with me all the time. However, I am thinking that perhaps the paper calendar can take over the computer one. Most of the people I know use the paper daily planner kind, but I love my computer calendar with all its colors and little stickers. And it seems so today, like I am on the cutting edge, a real techie type.
I think for now I will just stay with three calendars but it does seems a bit excessive, especially for someone who works part-time and is not super social or even very busy. Maybe I have OCD or something?