The March Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by Two Writing Teachers .
There are some notebooks I love to keep, to update, to leaf through…to simply enjoy – my lesson planner, my writer’s notebook, my book-list notebook. These are notebooks I keep in my book bag, take along on holidays (yes, sometimes even my lesson plan book!), and just like to have lying around on my desk and by my reading chair. These are notebooks that bring me comfort, and make me happy.
And then there is my date book – the one that I am always losing, always misplacing, always having to buy a new version of. I must “lose” three or four of these in the course of a single year, and am on the lookout for a date book with the magic formula – i.e. whatever it is that will make me want to hang on to it, write in it, truly use it to keep me up to date and on time. Why is this even an issue? you may wonder. What’s so hard about keeping a date book?
I have wondered myself.
Then one day, I read Katherine Sokolowski’s Slice of Life a few weeks ago, the one in which she shared the secret to journal keeping:markers. I read Katherine’s slice, marveled over her unique and vivid entries, and had a brain wave – this was the answer to my date book dilemma!
So, I found a blank composition book, “personalized” it with a few quotes that have always spoken to me, and voila – date book:
And then I began to work on just the day ahead – one day at a time – with a fistful of rainbow-hued markers. So far, I have not lost this notebook, and it takes its place alongside my other, beloved notebooks in my book bag, always near at hand. I look forward to “putting my day in place”, to thinking about what needs to be done, to framing the work day ahead in an appealing way…like this:
I love the fact that I don’t have the sense of time marching ahead (all those calendar days to come), or time left behind (all those blank pages I meant to fill out but never did…because, you know, I could find the darn book!).
I love the fact that I can catch the day’s work in a whimsical way – with flourishes of color (I don’t get to color much any more), and goofy little doodles (I don’t get to doodle much anymore, either).
I love the fact that filling in my day this way does not make me anxious (the other kind of date book really did).
And I love the fact that this notebook doesn’t seem to want to get lost. So, thank you Katherine – I’m having a lovely time with my notebook and markers, which entice me into staying organized and happy every day.