My author-friend V.P. Chandler wrote today about putting a sticker on a little calendar when she accomplishes something.
That reminded me I used to do the same thing to designate when I worked on my writing. The system lasted a few days before breaking down, mostly because of color coding.
There’s a book, Organizing for the Creative Person, that says creative people should never try to color code. I read the book not because I considered myself creative but because at the time I read every self-help book I could find, especially those about organizing. The book was excellent.
It said that creative people file on the floor behind their desks, and that’s when I knew I was definitely creative, because my office floor was always covered with little piles of paper. I had to take great care not to roll my chair over them when I left my desk.
Anyway, the book advised not to color code but since I rarely take advice from self-help books, there went my system of recording my writing accomplishments. And the less I record, there less there is to record.
It was a shame, because I just loved the little Kliban Kat calendar bought especially for the purpose.
Anyway, when V.P. mentioned calendars, I thought about planners. I love planners and have spent several hours this week wandering through Amazon, looking at planners. But I decided I couldn’t justify spending so much–because it would have to be a really special planner–on something I wouldn’t use more than a week or two. (My best planner is David’s Google calendar, and it works because he uses it and reminds me of what he knows good and well that I won’t remember.)
Anyway, if I can’t justify a planner, how can justify buying a calendar?
Then I remembered the calendars my friend Mariana gave me for Christmas–one is just the size for stickers. But it has cats on it, real ones, and I hate to think of messing it up with extraneous matter. It should remain pristine.
So I went back to Amazon . . .
But then I came to my senses. I will not just hang that little cat calendar on the wall. I will use that little cat calendar. I will put a sticker on it for every time I write. That is the best use I can put it to.
As a symbol of my intent–because I have no stickers–I inked a little circle on January 6, when I wrote a scene and sent it to my critique group. I had to look back in my email to find the date; sent mail makes a wonderful archive.
The cat calendar will be just for writing. The large kitten calendar Mariana gave me might become a record of general accomplishments. Like getting my first COVID-19 vaccine dose yesterday. Cooking. Putting on makeup. Getting out of bed before noon. Not playing Candy Crush. Brushing my hair.
The calendar issue having been solved, I now move on to the next project: buying stickers. One color only.
I shall not, will not, color code.
Maybe I’ll use gold stars for working on my novel and red stars for other writing. Surely a little color coding couldn’t hurt.
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Great idea. We’re lucky that our local pet store gives kitten and puppy calendars away for free, so I can have one to look at and one to write on!
I love kitten and puppy calendars but it takes effort to write on them. However, I’m making the effort. I haven’t been in a pet store–well, much of anywhere else–since March. One of my goals is to go to the pet store a couple of streets over. And then to the Indian restaurant a few stores down.
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Atlas eats us out of house and home, so we’re there quite often, even though it’s just curb side pickup right now!
I find color coding in my daily calendar is a must so I can see where my time goes, and track work. The family wall calendar gets color coded so we know who’s doing what. I’m thinking how another wall calendar next to my desk for writing stars would be a good reminder but my mind still goes to colored stars… red for writing, blue for blogging, green for journaling. Why oh why do I keep things so complicated?
That’s exactly where I fell down–gold for novel, another color for blogging, another for journaling, another for critiquing–and I’m sure there were others, although I can’t imagine what they were. I could complicate a crowbar. I even have several spreadsheets to track my work, but since they’re on computer, I can’t see them, so I forget them exist. Which reminds me that I need to make another one . . .
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