We are already using the living daylights out of it.
Right now I’m printing David Seah’s Emergent Task Planner (the Almanic Version, which includes dates) to use as a planner for school — or, rather, I’m printing it from today through the end of the year. It’s another step in a long journey towards finding the right planner for my organizational style (which is, in a word, “ineffective”).
The ETP download is inexpensive ($7, which is downright cheap if you download it at the beginning of the year) and includes a bunch of different files so you can print the ETP in different ways — “Almanac” (with dates) or plain in both full- and half-page sizes. Mr. Seah is also cool with those who have the skills and software to do so making modifications for personal use.
I plan to try it as it comes first. I suspect that the time-tracking bubbles will be especially useful for me: I have major problems with time-management and am not at all good at estimating how long things will take. Being able to compare my estimates to how long things actually take could help.
I like the layout, and I think it will work for me. I think I’ll probably want to print a long-term project planning page as well, so I can keep all my classes’ long-term projects trackable at a glance.
I put my bike kit on an hour and a half ago and still haven’t made it out the door. This is the part of this depression I am finding most difficult: simple lack of motivation. It’s like my .exe file is missing or corrupt. All the other bits that make the system go are in place, but there’s no way to launch.
If I can overcome this inertia — if I can launch somehow — it will be good for me to get out on the bike for a little while and ride. Maybe hit the grocery store. It has been difficult to think of what to eat. It has been difficult to cook.
This all feels very sudden. Like I was coping relatively well until a few days ago, and then it all came apart at the seams. Perhaps this break was overdue.
Denis and I talked about it last night. I asked him if he saw it coming, and he said, “No, I would’ve said something. It does explain why you seemed so committed to being unproductive, though.” For what it’s worth, that last statement sounds harsh when written in plain text, but he said it gently and humorously. He was trying to add a little levity, which I appreciated.
Anyway, that’s it for now. I’m not sure what else to say at the moment. I’ll be taking a brief break from social networking for the rest of the week, which may or may not involve a brief break from blogging.
Keep the (literal and metaphorical) rubber side down.