In order to reach the goals I've made (see yesterday's post), I'm going to get all organized and shit.
Step 1: Acquire planner. I had a planner once, back when I was in pharmacy school, but I have no idea where it ended up. I searched the most obvious places, but I couldn't find it. I may have gotten rid of it. So I'll run down to the last independent office supply store in the area (possibly even the state) and browse his wares. I remember when Office Supplies & More lived in downtown Chapel Hill, but I'm sure the rent at Timberlyne is less ridiculous.
Step 2: DIY Planner (.com). I assume a planner I'd buy would include the inserts, but I like some of the optional ones at this website. They have a creativity pack, which has things like story ideas and submission trackers, and I like some of the pages included in the core pack. I'd like to print them double-sided to a) save paper and b) make it easier to turn pages without double-sided tape.
You're probably asking why I need a planner; if I have dates and lists and deadlines, I have a framework. I've tried digital organizing, and it doesn't work. Not for me. I don't check my GCal every day. Though I'm not sure I'd check a planner every day either; but if I have physical things on my desk (another thing what needs decluttering again) and lists I can manually tickybox, it can help. I know GCal has a to-do list function; see above re not looking at it. And if I do, it's on my phone, which doesn't support Tasks.
Step 3: Use planner. Set deadlines for revisions, outlines, learning taiji things, etc.
I've come up with one even remotely feasible idea for moving to Berlin eventually, and I'm going to have to be really fucking organized to do it: Become a taiji instructor. That's far more portable than pharmacy, if far less lucrative.
I've tried looking into what I'd have to do to become an Apothekerin, and it seems that I'd have to do something like 1500 hours (1 year) of internship/apprenticeship (Ausbildung) and sit the license exams. I ... have zero desire to go through that shit again. And it strikes me that getting a work visa as a pharmacist, when surely there are pharmacy grads in Germany, would be rather difficult.
According to my school's website
, I just have to have been studying for five years and have the sponsorship (approval?) of one of the main teachers. Searching my old entries indicates that I started at MTT by March 26, 2007. So I've been there four years now. Or soon. Cool.
For yellow sash, I need to find the first taiji classic attributed to ZSF. It might be in Master Jou's book, which is still on my shelf, partly read. I also have to learn a whole bunch of theory stuff. As far as the actual taiji part is concerned, it'll be posture, whole body movement, and energy, as well as flow and smoothness (ie, no pausing at the end of each posture.)
So in my planner, along with the writing goals (and gardening and house cleaning), I'll be making tai chi notes. One of the DIY Planner kits included an exercise tracker, and I can easily repurpose that to keep myself honest for taiji practice.