I . . . might be finally ready to start using my digital calendar more seriously. After years of stubbornly clinging to the weekly view in my Hobonichi to contain the ‘complete’ view of my life schedule, trying other methods has me wondering whether it might be time to change it up.
I have no intention of not using a planner. Obviously! I love love love writing things down, setting goals, working my way through the days/weeks/month with a pen and hand-drawn graphics and my cherished Mildliners. But when it comes to “hard calendar landscape”, the Full Focus (and some others I am considering trying in the future when it runs out) is . . . not great.
And the new explosion of online meetings — well, digital is just so convenient for them. It’s nice to just be able to click through the calendar event itself to join.
There’s also the issue of Josh. He would definitely prefer if I were more consistent about entering everything that has the potential to impact both of us (ie, anything for the kid) into google calendar. We do have a shared one, but admittedly I have not always been 100% about putting everything in, because it’s not truly my master calendar and in a way I sort of resented feeling like I had to enter it twice.
BUT. It might be time to just give the digital version a try. I have sort of a hodgepodge going on right now: I have iCal on my phone, Google calendar, and an Outlook calendar. They do all seem to sync to iCal so that has been my preferred way of checking what is going on, though I often use Google calendar to enter events for whatever reason. Outlook is just work stuff but it’s helpful to have my meetings pulled iCal. None of the apps are all that aesthetically pleasing, really. BUT I can see the appeal of being able to quickly add things. And let’s face it — I always have my phone. I certainly always have it when I need to access my weekly calendar. It would be fun to pretend that wasn’t the case, but I do. Most of us do.
I would still enter big events on monthly paper spreads (to see the big picture) and fill out daily pages based on what my electronic calendar showed. ALSO, this would be an experiment. I’m not ready to commit after an entire lifetime of clinging to paper!
Anyone else use this kind of hybrid system? Are there calendar interfaces that integrate everything and are prettier than the ones I mentioned above?
I have been following Cal Newport’s recent posts (Cultivating a Deep Life, Mindset). Since I wouldn’t expect him to have childcare right now, I’m kind of wondering what his actual life looks like right now (or is he allowing his wife to take over homeschool/childcare for his 3 kids?).
((I just left a comment asking him this question. Hopefully he will answer!))
ANYWAY. I felt both inspired and annoyed at his posts. Annoyed because it’s hard to get into a lot of depth right now, and as a father of 3 children I think he should acknowledge that. But also inspired because . . . well, I still feel like I could be doing ‘better’ with the time I have.
I am not being super harsh on myself, but I have fallen back into news checking and it is just NOT doing me any favors right now. A once-daily podcast update is really sufficient. I also would really like to check email less. AND I would like to stop picking up the phone so often when I’m with the kids (ie, during bath time and the like). AND AND AND I would like to read my books more than my phone.
(Though . . . overall, I feel no shame/regret about my Instagram scrolling. It’s partially social and partially calming, so I actually don’t think it’s a negative right now. I’d just like to be doing it in a more purposeful/relaxing manner).
THINGS THAT STILL HAPPENED YESTERDAY DESPITE 3+ HOURS RECORDED ON SCREEN TIME: