A new year is coming....
Ahhh, finally some days free, soon it's Christmas and the new year is just around the corner. I'm sitting with a cup of coffee at the kitchen table and have my Filofax opened in front of me. The new calender for 2009 is at place and I'm filling in anniversary and birthdays in the calendar, marking these days with an orange marker. The days that I already know that I have vacation or other free time, is marked with a yellow ditto (yellow for sunny days, ). I'm using colors to mark out special days so I can get a quick glance of whats on my plate, based on the colors. Green is when I'm on courses etc. pink for staff meetings, blue is for meetings with clients.
My workplace is at a tax-office.
I'm having around 220 projects at work, (approx the same workload at home), a hectic day with a lot of telephone-calls, colleges asking for help with answers about VAT (which is my primary working-area). Questions about this or that.. but that's a part of my job...
Sometimes I feel so stressed - just like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking-chair - so I'm just toast when coming home, but who wouldn't be?
Anyway, sitting at the kitchen table with a new calendar, filling in the stuff you know is planned, staring at the blank pages and wondering.. How is 2009 going to be? How much work is there to gonna be, how much joy and pleasure, how much do you want to do and how much do you really getting done?
A year is 52 weeks and a week is 7 days. A day is 24 hours...
Filling the days up with work and the days are passing by in a frenetic pace... another week is over... What? Is it already August... what the heck happened whit the other months??? Working hard, the brain is at boiling point, don't forget to remember that, call him about ???, there are a million-zillion yellow notes on the desk, but just the one that I looking for is gone... WHY ME !!! Blood pressure rising, the good mood is sinking like the stock-markets these days.... and the clock is only 09:45 am.
This is how it used to be, these days I'm working hard but I'm free of the yellow notes and all the other chaotic stuff... GTD is a part of my life, but I'm falling of the wagon sometimes... ( there were a period that I fell of the wagon and hit the ground with my head so often that I almost developed a constant dizziness ).
These days I'm climbing back on the wagon.. trying to hold tighter this time...
Life is so filled with work, hard work, so sometimes it's easy to forget that there is something called free time. And the free time is meant to be filled with fun stuff. Vacation, travel away with your spouse, do some of your hobbies, take care of your self, so go and get a spa-treatment or a massage, eat well, exercise a bit... it's so important that you taking care of your body.. You got only one.
Don't you taking care of your car? Changing oil etc, doing regularly service?? What could happen if you neglect to taking care of your car? Yepp, it could break down... but what with your own body?
So it's important to put some time in that calendar for your own wellness and health, so I'm putting in those “appointments with myself” to in my Filofax...
It's best to keep my “engine” at a good mood, so I'm trying to load it with good healthy food, some exercise and to rest a bit and a good nights sleep.
Not that I always succeed with that, especially with the sleep and exercise... but I'm trying to be as good that I can be... can't do more )
Finally, I want to wish all of you out there a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Filofax & Omnifocus