“There comes a voice that awakes my soul, it is the voice of years

that are gone, they roll before me with their deeds.”

Author Unknown

Every January I go through the ritual of printing out my Day Timer pages for the new year. My Day Timer is regular notebook size, and I keep it on my desk next to the computer. It’s always open to the week at hand. All important dates, events, and appointments, both business and personal, are centralized in this one place. Although I keep much of the same information on the computer, I like having good old-fashioned hard copy in front of me. Not to mention, when I travel I simply pack it, knowing that my life on paper is right by my side.

Part of the ritual is removing the previous year’s pages, giving them a quick scan to see if there is any information I need to carry forward to the new year. There’s always a strange feeling that accompanies this task. I suppose it’s rooted in the fact that another year is past, never to return. Yet, the deeds of that year are neatly recorded on each page, and for a moment I relive each one in my mind. As I finish scanning December, I then place the pages in a large envelope and file them, just in case the information should be needed in the future.

Although there is an initial investment of time in putting together a Day Timer, it is well worth every minute. You will quickly see your time investment repaid with compounded interest.

Here are just a few of its many benefits:

(1) All birthdays, anniversaries, and appointments are recorded and in full view
(2) All important addresses and phone numbers are at your fingertips and in alphabetical order
(3) Quick notes, to do lists, and phone records are centralized on one place
(4) All the above information is portable
(5) Hard copy Day Timers are not susceptible to hard drive failure, worms, viruses, or Trojans (and you don’t have to back them up)

So, if you are one of those people who are always looking for that address, or that little piece of paper where you recorded a phone number, or the date of Aunt Hazel’s birthday, consider transitioning to a Day Timer and saying good-bye to frustration, senior moments, and wasted time.


N. Rene West

Fembellish Journal – Beauty thru fiber art

“We have trained them [men] to think of the Future as a promised land

which favoured heroes attain–not as something which everyone reaches

at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”

C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters

January 1, 2007. Wow! I’m not one who stays up past midnight on New Year’s Eve to welcome in the new year. However, I do wake up very early on New Year’s day and spend a little time pondering what I would like to accomplish in the next twelve months. Rather than making resolutions, I write down my short- and long-term goals, along with any thoughts I may have on how to best achieve them.

One of my goals for this year is to carve out the time to exercise. It’s absolutely awful! I used to run 3-5 miles a day about three or four days a week. An untimely little accident involving my right knee put an abrupt end to that. However, my attempts at getting into another routine, such as walking on my treadmill, have been less than successful. I always find something else more urgent in my schedule that demands my immediate attention. No more! This year an exercise routine is at the top of my goal list.

Goals can become great assets if they’re approached the right way. Here are a few tips I have gleaned over the years that make goal-keeping a reality:

1. Write your goals down and /or share them with an accountability partner (someone who will offer you encouragement when needed).

2. Break long-term goals down into short-term goals. My long-term goal is to have a consistent exercise program. I’m sure there are millions of people who say the same thing every January. However, I need concrete steps to take in order to reach that goal. That’s where short-term goals come into play. Example: Walk on treadmill 4 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) for twenty minutes for the month of January.

3. As you reach one short-term goal, add another to the list. After I reach my exercise goal for January, I will add a new short-term goal for the month of February, probably upping my treadmill time to twenty-five minutes per day, and so on. By the end of 2007, I will be able to look at my list and see that I reached my long-term exercise goal, all by taking small steps (short-term goals) one after the other.

4. Don’t over do it. Set a few reachable goals and then let success propel you forward into making a few more. Over time, goals will become a way of life for you, and you’ll be amazed at what you have accomplished.

As Screwtape wrote to his nephew Wormwood, we all reach the future “at the rate of sixty minutes an hour,” but how we spend those sixty minutes will have an impact on how that future unfolds. So go for it in 2007!

Wishing you a joy-filled and prosperous New Year.


N. Rene West

Fembellish Journal – Beauty thru fiber art