Choosing an agenda is an important decision. It's something I'm going to look at every day (dozens of times per day) for a year. It can shape my mood, can put me into a certain head-space, or can be filled with quotes or questions to contemplate each week.
it asks questions such as: "What do I need to do that I can put off for a day, or two, or three...?" I think it's important to remind myself that I don't need to do everything so quickly -- or at least have a sense of humour about the fact that I probably won't do everything so quickly.
Another was very scientific and artistic, looking at astronomical, weather, flora and fauna effects throughout the year. It has beautiful fold-out timelines at the beginning that show the year in terms of star, planetary, sun and moon phases, plant and animal changes, and weather conditions. It also names each day -- not the common "Monday" or "Sunday", but days like "Eggplant" and "Freezetime". There are 365 date-names, each inspired by something happening at that time of year.
A third agenda was particularly beautiful, far more a book to read than practical holder of appointments. It had images of goddesses, stories and poems. It was so full of lovely things to look at and read. But I couldn't imagine keeping track of my meetings and to-do lists, squeezed between pages of writings and paintings.
What do you look at when planning your days? Is it on a screen, in your bag, or on your wall? (Or all of the above?) How does it make you feel to look at it?
By Lauren Stein MA