I have a confession to make. Ever since I wrote about schedules and daily planning, I have come to resent Ben Franklin and think his hallowed schedule completely obnoxious. In fact, I think journaling to-do lists made me sick this past week. Instead of feeling inspired by Benny’s morals-obsessed daily journaling, I started to think, “Oh go fuck yourself. Do I need to do good every goddamned day?” I consulted my Power Circle about to-do list illness, and I resentfully called him all kinds of unfair names.
Getting Organized For a New Year and Thoughts on Daily Schedules
Or “How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love My First Grader’s Daily Schedule!”
For the record, I still do very much love my First grader’s schedule. It’s only getting better with age. You can read about it in the link. Take ol’ B.F.’s schedule with a grain of salt like I now am, or find the inspiration that may still be in it waiting there for you.
A fellow mother in my Power Circle had been talking about reading the Earthsea series with her daughter, and up bubbled a memory in me of an interview I’d once read or watched with the wondrous and local queen of Science Fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin. I remembered that she graced us with her wisdom until the very end of her life. “I’d like to re-read Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places,” I thought. What would it mean to me, now? The first time I read it had sent me plunging back into C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, (but funny enough, I never read the unfinished manuscript that she reviewed.) And then I remembered that, at some point, maybe on Tumblr, her schedule from a 1988 interview had gone viral. I couldn’t remember why, but I knew that if it came from her, then it was likely special, funny, and wise. I found it again, in the introduction of The Last Interview, which was magically waiting for me in my library holds in the Libby app (one of the other things that I am most grateful for the existence of — especially over the past year.) Something has changed in the way I take in Ursula’s writings and wisdom since becoming a mother and since this pandemic began.
“If I’m at the beach there would be one or two long walks on the beach in that day. This is a perfect day for me.” — UKLG
It’s that last line that really gets me. I love the whole thing even though our stupid times are swapped. And, I have come to terms with the fact that I will never be a morning lark. This is a schedule of goals and priorities that sings right into my soul, deep. Thank you, Ursula. Thank you.
As I close out this post, my penultimate daily writing for January 2021, I am now thinking less about schedules and planning. Instead, I am wondering what Queen Ursula, housewife and mother from Portland, Oregon, would have to say to us now after this past year?