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How to Use a Planner to Get Organized!

We are all guilty of relying too heavily on technology. Learn how to go old school with a paper planner and enhance your organizational skills.
Plus, it's cute and fun.

1. Get Your Materials Together

I like to use different pens, stickers and wash-ii tape to get my planning on. All of these things are really low budget too. Most of the materials can be purchased at the Dollar Tree or WalMart. If you really want to get crazy there's an amazing dollar section at JoAnn's Fabrics with decorative wash-ii tape and card-stock to decorate with. The scrapbooking section of any craft store is a good place to start too.
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Owl Stickers from the Dollar Tree (which I use to track different activities. Like, the pink one means Gym Day, etc.)
Metallic Owl Stickers from Joann's Fabrics
Gel Pens from JoAnn's Fabrics
HI-liters and other pens from Wal Mart
Wash-ii tape (a decorative tape originally from Japan) from Wal-Mart and Joann's

2. Pick a Color Scheme

Things can get messy and disorganized if you just start decorating willy-nilly (I learned this the hard way.) This is also helpful for when you're shopping. Pick things that go together. For this first plan with me card, I've chosen yellow and turquoise as the anchor colors. I've also coordinated the pens.

3. Lay the Foundation

Every good planner page has a good foundation. I always try to do wash-ii tape and bigger embellishments first, then go for the small things like the stickers. Also, pencil in important events you know are coming up. It makes things more organized and more artistic too. I'm a painter too and you never go in with small details first when you paint. Things aren't different with planning.

4. Decorate!

Now here's the fun part. Add sticky notes, sitckers, doodles or whatever! This is where your planning style will come through. I like to use stickers, and since my planner is relatively small I try to keep enough space for all of my events and assignments.
Here I used some stickers in coordinating colors, a couple of sticky notes and some stock-journal cut outs from Joann's. I like to keep my layouts as clean and linear as possible because I end up having a lot to do.
Here are some other examples of previously decorated pages:
These are examples of some of my previously decorated and filled out pages. They can get a little crazy, so I learned to be more sparse with my decorations as time progressed.

5. Plan Your Events

Simply write down what you need to do that week. This can include places you need to go, appointments, goals, quotes, whatever. Make it you!
Since this page is next week, it's not all the way filled in yet, but you get the idea.

6. Stick With It

Planning and decorating and whatever didn't stick with me for a long time. Just now, when my life is heading toward some semblance of routine, it is. Just keep filling things out. You will remember more and be more productive.
Aside from that, it's a good way to take time for yourself. I like to plan on Monday before I start my work. It's a fresh page, and a new beginning. Helps sort out my mind ya know? I'm no professional planner, but I'm figuring things out just like you.
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Liposuction was once a dirty secret, but the more individuals who open up about it, the less stigmatised it becomes. Why is liposuction taboo? Early liposuction patients (mainly women) would hide their procedure. Cosmetic surgeries like liposuction were deemed harmful. When asked why liposuction was frowned upon, 10 different people may have ten different answers. Some people thought undergoing lipo was a sign of dishonesty, identity fraud, or extreme vanity. As a result, undergoing liposuction was once stigmatised – admitting to “having surgery done” in public risked a negative reputation. Whether liposuction stays a boogeyman for you depends on your geographic area, cultural background, and gender. If you don't want it, don't get it! We are not here to change your mind. But the liposuction stigma is unfounded. Stigmas stem from worry about the unknown. Less stigma will exist if more individuals are open and honest about having liposuction and realise what it is and isn't. Let's examine some of the most common reasons for liposuction stigma. Myth 1: Lipo lies! In both patients and critics, this is a prevalent misperception. Unfortunately, this mindset is founded on a popular misconception: lipo is a diet and exercise alternative. A healthy diet and regular exercise are the best ways to lose weight. Lipo cannot cure visceral fat, which is necessary for slimming waistlines. Even the greatest BBL won't give you the kind of butt that comes from regular workout. Lipo doesn't build muscle; exercise is required for a six-pack. Without a solid foundation of healthy living, you can't expect to come out of the operating room looking like a fitness influencer. If someone looks stunning, it's probably because they've worked hard for years. Lipo isn't a miracle cure! However, while the outcomes might be dramatic, even life-altering, they are only one component of the puzzle. There are no shortcuts, only ways to better. But these days, most individuals recognise that there's more to looking nice than choosing the proper cosmetic surgery. The less stigma there is, the more people look at lipo and learn what it can achieve. Lipo has great benefits, but it merely improves your body - it is not magic or a method of cheating. Myth #2: Lipo is faking your ID! However, this is a popular way of thinking about liposuction in Mumbai. But this style of thinking thinks the "you" after liposuction isn't the real "you." What is the "real you"? At least with lipo, the "as-described" body is accurate. Tattoos, makeup, piercings, shaving, waxing, haircuts, extensions, and even exercise can change your body's appearance. However, lipo is only another approach to transform your appearance in order to attain the body you desire. Liposuction is less "misleading" than Spanx or a man sucking his stomach on a first date. Modernizing beauty standards has helped eliminate this stigma, allowing both men and women to do whatever they want with their bodies — after all, it's your body; you decide how it appears. Myth #3: Liposuction patients have poor beauty standards. Even before social media, traditional media's representations of women's and men's bodies regularly resulted in poor self-image difficulties. During consultations, we always ask patients if they undergo liposuction for themselves and not to make them happy or address their difficulties. While the reasons for this stigma existed in the past, they are presently changing. We all know it's true, yet no one is "perfect." In recent years, social media models and celebrities have begun demolishing their "perfect" reputations, showing stretch marks, publishing no-makeup images, and admitting to liposuction. Every day, we are bombarded with expertly made images, videos, and digitally altered movies that give the impression that some people are always perfect. What does this imply for liposuction? Not having lipo or being stigmatised by it is not a part of the body acceptance movement. Goals for the body, including weight loss, abs definition, or a 10k run, are generally considered positive. Body acceptance should be about accepting individuals for who they are, not about lipo being a mistaken attempt to reach a certain beauty ideal. Myth #4: Only women get liposuction! Guys often think lipo is extremely vain or sissy, and that men should not care about their beauty “the way women do.” This is absurd for a man. Men care about our appearance, and there is nothing wrong or sissy about that. Shaving, haircuts, diet, and exercise - males worry more about their looks than women, and vice versa. Men get lipo too, they just don't talk about it. The more publicly we debate lipo's stigma, the more acceptable it becomes. So you had lipo. So what? Do you want a battle over it? The stigma around liposuction in Mumbai does not discourage individuals from getting it done. But it's dangerous, and we're glad it's gone. Due to the stigma, those who have had lipo keep their operation hidden. Not confessing to have had cosmetic operations unintentionally creates a false image about what's attainable without surgery and perpetuates the belief that what they've done is improper. Celebrities like Chrissy Teigen confessing to armpit suctioning and Cardi B admitting to stomach lipo have helped many individuals speak up about their own treatments. Fear of the unknown is associated with stigma, yet knowledge is power. The more people who openly admit to having lipo, the less stigma.
THE IDEAL HOME WORKSPACE - ONE DESK
Our culture has had an on-again, off-again relationship with working from home, with a month of work from home followed by a progressive lifting of limitations before a startling jump back into a partial lockdown. But one thing remained consistent through this whole turbulent time... The modest home office, as well as the piece of furniture that holds it all together: the work desk. THE AREA/ THE SPACE: Most home offices require room, but with recent BTOs and condos becoming more affordable, living space has been reducing. While work from home is ideal for people who have dedicated study spaces, it is still considered a luxury. Many people are pushed to discover new methods to reinvent their current living environment. For this reason, One desk provides a variety of desk sizes and even form factors to use every inch of space, so enhancing your efficiency and home improvement. WHAT IS INSIDE A DESK? The outstanding player of the workplace is the modest desk. While you're wasting time in front of the computer, your workstation is actually doing all the hard lifting, from sustaining the weight of your goals to the instruments of your profession. Nonetheless, it is a frequently neglected gear in the workplace system. It's time to consider how much care you put into ergonomics while constructing your workstation. Have you found that your back and neck ache after lengthy periods of sitting at your work, even after purchasing that pricey ergonomic chair? Have you ever considered how much your workstation is impeding your progress? With work from home revolutionizing the contemporary workplace concept, it's home office makeover season—and it may be the ideal moment to change that simple chunk of wood with four legs into a completely modular, configurable, and adjustable desk experience. We've designed the only desk you'll ever need, and we've made it available to everyone. THE BEST OF THE BEST It's our flagship for a reason: with its superb variety of tabletops and unrivaled stability, it revolutionized the desk game for CEOs, professionals, creative, and gamers alike. Seamless sit-stand functionality gives users the best of both worlds, allowing them to maximize productivity while reducing the stress and health burden of being sedentary for extended periods of time. We took all of the feedback, insights, and data we'd gathered over the previous several years and created a new and better One desk, meant to be the ultimate desk on the market. CUSTOMIZABLE ONE: What's the finest thing about it all? One desk may be totally customized. You may customize your One desk by changing the size, materials, and accessories to create your ideal workstation. Perhaps you'd prefer an ergonomic curvature to allow your arms to rest comfortably whether standing or leaning? Or perhaps you like the tried and true straight edge formula. It also provides a full line of tabletops for all of your aesthetic demands, ranging from live edge slabs to tried and true MDF wood tops. The One desk trademark tabletops are composed of high-quality MDF wood and have a patented micro-textured powder-coated surface that is particularly intended for mouse tracking. CONCLUSION: Because we think that the future is personalized, everyone has their own concept of perfection. As the definitive contemporary workstation, we've built more than just a desk—we've created a complete ecosystem that adapts and changes in
5 Easy Ways To De-Clutter Your Space
Things. Things. Things. They hide in boxes. They cover our tables. We buy them every day. More. More. More. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by the amount of things in our lives. And when the clutter piles high and anxiety mounts it's definitely time to make a change. Here are 5 easy ways to de-clutter your life. 1. Assess the situation: Do you have a lot of stuff, or are you just holding on to a few things? The first step to figuring out what you need to do with your clutter is looking at how much you have. Check the surfaces of your tables, counter tops and shelves. If you notice more than 10 things you can do without, it's time to de-clutter. 2. Remove All Trash: The easiest way to de-clutter is to get rid of all the garbage in your room / house. Garbage is clutter. It can build up. Go around and pick up everything that's ready to hit the landfill. After your first go-round you should look closer and see if there is anything else that's trash worthy, like papers, old files or broken objects you've been holding on to. 3. Clear your surfaces: The easiest way to de-clutter and really see a difference is to clear off all your surfaces. Go through your tables, dresser tops and counter tops. Try and consolidate things into containers or just clear them off completely. After you've cleared everything you can choose a few items to hang on to as subtle, minimal decoration. This will make everything feel cleaner. 4. Invest in some containers: Whether they're for make-up, kitchen utensils or office supplies, containers are a great way to de-clutter. I use them on my desk at work, in my apartment and my backpack. You can go to cheap places like Five Below, Daiso, or any Dollar store incarnate to buy the things. You don't have to break the bank here. There are also lots of incredible DIY's to make your containers more fun with paint, ribbon and more. Adding containers and boxes can help de-clutter and make everything look a lot more put together. 5. Color-Coordinate: After you've thrown away your garbage, de-cluttered your surfaces and contained the remaining objects you'd like to keep you can transform your space with color coordination. It makes everything look less cluttered, more cohesive and a lot cleaner. If you want a seriously minimal look go with subdued colors like whites and sepia tones. For an ultra-girly look pastel is a great palette. Primary colors kept to one or two with a neutral anchor can do wonders for masculine spaces. It's pretty much all in what you like. But the clutter will look a lot less daunting if it's in a single palette.
5 Ways To Optimize Your Work-Space
Ever get major desk envy? When you come across a glittering space with perfect accessories, and beautiful natural light you think "That kind of space would make me work so much harder." Right? Here's how to get the space of your dreams and optimize your desk for maximum productivity. 1. Clear the clutter. Okay, having a few things on your desk is super fun, but if you're overrun with trash, papers and other stuff that doesn't help with your job, you're just setting yourself up for failure. Go through your folders and take out everything that's irrelevant and start with a clean, fresh space. 2. Clean up your computer. Not physically, but internally! Go through the folders on your desktop and delete all files that you don't need anymore. I have so many pictures, gifs and old documents I have to get rid of. Once your inner storage is all clean, you'll feel a lot more productive! It'll be easier to navigate and get things done in a more quick and efficient way. 3. Find the light. Natural sunlight is essential for a positive working environment. There is a reason that plants survive off of the stuff. Try to situate your desk or work area by a window for a better feel. Having the natural light at your side will lead to increased alertness and an overall mood boost. Try to move your desk around at home if you can, and find a window. It'll definitely help! 4. Pick up some accessories. Desk accessories can totally transform your space. The importance of surrounding yourself with things that make you happy can't be ignored. If you're a big fan of the color blue, buy some blue things! If you like pigs, buy some pig themed things! You know? It doesn't matter, if it makes you happy, it'll optimize your space. Need some inspiration? Check here! 5. Rearrange your supplies. This is an example of an overtly organized space that doesn't look too obsessive. Putting things in easy-to-reach places will make it harder for you to forget about them. Got a really useful organizer or notepad that you just don't use? Put it in front of you!! It may seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised what a change in organizational pattern will do for you.
Giường y tế hỗ trợ chăm sóc bệnh nhân NIKITA DCN05 ( 4 tay quay )
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12 Questions About Breast Lift Surgery Answered By A Plastic Surgeon
Are you experiencing sagging or loose skin in your breasts as a result of pregnancy or significant weight loss? Are you prone to irritation of the skin as a result of sagging breasts? Are you concerned about the appearance of your breasts (as a result of volume loss associated with ageing)? If this is the case, a breast lift procedure may be beneficial. This procedure repositions your skin, nipple, and areola to restore your youthful breasts. Apart from cosmetic concerns, a substantial body of clinical evidence suggests that a breast lift may benefit a variety of health problems. What Exactly Is a Breast Lift? A breast lift, alternatively referred to as a "mastopexy," is a surgical procedure that raises the nipple and areola. Additionally, it corrects breast sagging and drooping by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining breast tissues. If your areola is not proportionate to the size of your breasts, the procedure may reduce its size. How long do the effects of a Breast Lift last? The outcome of the procedure may vary from patient to patient. This will depend on a variety of variables, including the following: How you care for your newly formed breasts The surgical procedure that was performed Your age The anticipated outcome Your eating habits Elasticity of your skin In most cases, the effects of a breast lift last up to two years. However, because the procedure cannot reverse the effects of ageing on the breasts, you may require additional surgery to maintain the results. Prior to the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will conduct an examination of your overall health to ensure long-term results. Does a breast lift result in an increase in cup size? The procedure does not alter the shape of the breasts; rather, it realigns the skin, nipple, and areola. As a result, the breast contour appears younger and more defined. If you want to increase the size of your breasts, you may benefit from a surgical procedure called breast augmentation or breast lift with implants. This procedure enhances the appearance and size of your breasts by using implants or your own body fat. Can I discontinue wearing a bra following a breast lift? No, your surgeon will instruct you to wear a special bra or compression garments following surgery to help reduce swelling and support your breasts as they heal. Indeed, your surgeon will likely advise you to wear a support bra following surgery. This also allows time for your breasts to adjust to their new shape. How is a lollipop breast lift performed? The lollipop lift is a surgical procedure reserved for patients with breasts of average size. This is accomplished by cutting around the areola, which runs down the centre of the lower breast and resembles a lollipop on a stick. These incisions will be used by your plastic surgeon to elevate the breast and reposition the nipple and areola into the desired position. After repositioning the skin, your surgeon will tighten and secure it with sutures. With this surgical technique, scarring is minimal. However, because your surgeon will be working with a small incision, it will be challenging to perform. What is ananchor breast lift? An anchor lift, also known as a standard breast lift, entails creating an inverted anchor-shaped cut around the perimeter of your areola that runs down to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease. This procedure is recommended for patients who require extensive skin and breast tissue removal. However, this surgical technique is quite invasive and carries a higher risk of undesirable scarring. Is it possible to lose weight following a breast lift? Excess skin is removed during the procedure to firm and define your breasts. However, it does not remove a large amount of skin or tissue, resulting in noticeable weight loss. Are Breast Implants needed in a breast lift? Breast lifts are performed without the use of implants to enhance the appearance of your breasts. Rather than that, your surgeon will reposition the existing breast tissue, nipple, and areola to create the appearance of younger, more defined breasts. Breast augmentation is a procedure that involves the placement of implants in the breasts. In some instances, breast augmentation can be combined with a mastopexy in Mumbai to achieve the most optimal and long-lasting results. Does breast lift surgery reduce the size of the areola? Yes, surgery can help reduce the size of enlarged areolas caused by sagging breasts. To achieve optimal cosmetic results, the majority of patients who undergo a breast lift require areola reduction. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will determine whether areola reduction is necessary for your breast condition. How is a breast lift different from breast implant surgery? A breast lift aims to enhance the shape and symmetry of your existing breasts by reshaping and lifting them for a more youthful appearance and contour. Breast implants, on the other hand, increase the volume of your breasts to increase their size, but they do not alter the placement of your breasts. Breast lifts and breast implants are frequently used in conjunction to achieve the best and most durable results. How much does a breast lift cost? Naturally, the cost of a breast lift surgery in Mumbai is dependent on a variety of factors, including the following: Your surgery's supplies and equipment The medical facility's or clinic's cost Anesthetist's fee Assistant surgeon's fee Your breasts' condition Your desired results Additionally, the surgeon's fee. It is critical to keep in mind that each treatment plan is customised to your unique health and cosmetic needs, as well as desired outcomes. As a result, total fees may vary between patients. Additionally, you should understand that a breast lift is a cosmetic procedure. In other words, the procedure is performed to enhance the appearance of the breasts. Your health insurance will not cover this procedure. Is it possible to avoid scarring following a breast lift? The majority of patients are so pleased with the results of their breast lift that they are unconcerned about the appearance of their surgical scars. Many patients discover that the benefits of breast lift surgery in Mumbai outweigh the potential for scarring. However, it is natural for patients to be concerned about the appearance of scars following complete healing of surgical incisions. The truth is that visible signs of breast lift surgery are possible. Your scars, on the other hand, should fade and lighten in appearance over time. To achieve minimal scarring, most surgeons make small, inconspicuous breast incisions during the procedure. During your initial consultation, we will discuss the surgical technique and incision placement in detail.
How To Write A Kick-Ass Cover Letter
So, you're applying for jobs after College. No doubt you've googled "how to write a cover letter" more often than you check your Vingle account. You're frustrated, scared and ultimately asking more questions than can be answered. Don't worry, I've been there. So I whipped up this post on how to write a kick-ass cover letter that will not only show your personality, but will appeal to your employers on a visceral level, setting you apart from the hundreds, or thousands of other applicants in your way. First, you must consider your audience. If you're writing to a hip, young company your style of voice would be different than if you're writing to an established, formal company. This is perhaps the most important part of cover letter writing. There's a bit more freedom when you're trying to work for an online outfit or something that is aimed at a young demographic. This often varies by profession, but usually with any of the creatives, it's fine to go a bit off the rails. For formal letters, adhere closely to the accepted format, here's where your googling will help, you can download a template here. These are typically demanded by professions in finance, science, mathematics, education, law and administration. This is just a straight-up generalization, but is usually accurate. For more free-flow letters you can write with a stylized voice that acknowledges the "fun" involved in the job. Professions like writing, music, non-profit work, theater and many more have less-strict rules and really appreciate when applicants get creative. (See my sample letter at the bottom of the post for an example) After you've considered your style, you have to put yourself in the potential employer's shoes. Imagine that you're in the boss' chair. You wouldn't want to read hundreds of dry-ass, boring cover letters all day. You'd probably want something with a bit of humor, that sticks out. It'd probably make your day for someone to do something different. You should be that different thing! The secret to writing an amazing cover letter is to BE YOURSELF. If you're crass and sarcastic, go there with your writing! If you can't be authentic from the get-go, you won't be happy. If they don't want you for who you are, you're probably not going to fit in at the company either, and who wants to pretend to be something they're not? Here is an actual cover letter I sent out to a magazine shortly before my senior year of college. The name of the magazine and publisher have been withheld: Dear *&#^$@!#$, I'm a recent college graduate and I'm buried in debt. I'd like a salary above the poverty line, with some room for my rent and a comfortable lifestyle. I don't need much, and I've lived modestly and below the average my whole life, as my father is unemployed and my mother works as a retail manager. I've always made my own way. Salary isn't a deal breaker for me, as I am more hungry for a career than for money. I'm a hard worker, a quick learner and someone who gives everything for what they believe in. I think I could make a difference at @#$% and provide a perspective that is underrepresented in media. We grow up looking at outlaw writers as warped men or unattainable party girls. To get behind what's happening in the twenty-something sphere, and not just in a "omg these gifs totally get me" kind of way, you need someone who is honest, candid and does attempt to hit standards set by the media. I can be that person. I have nothing to lose, no ties to anywhere. I've got other offers on the table, but would gladly take a turn at your company over them. Just being honest. All I have are my ideas, my qualifications and my experiences. I will graduate in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and a minor in Journalism from the Scripps School.I'm just trying to get a head start as only God knows where jobs come from these days. I started off as a Journalism major, but was told I couldn't write in an interactive way, and told them to shove it. I've been in the media world my whole life. My dad, now semi-retired, was an Emmy and Golden Mic award winning journalist for KVOA in Los Angeles, and has reported on OJ, Michael, earthquakes and murders. I was never shielded from these events, and carry his skills along with the ones I developed in school. If you take a chance on me, a shambolic young woman with some big ideas, then I will work as hard as possible to make them a reality. I love the pieces in your magazine. They're edgy, clear, risky and dangerous. The world needs more writing like that. I can create that writing. Thanks for considering me. You can reach me at &#*$(@) And you can read my current writing on my blog (duh). I'm aware that some of it is a little raw, but hey...what can you do? Tess Stevens How did it end you ask? I was rejected, but that's not the point. I'm proud of this cover letter. Frankly it's one of the best things I've ever written, because it's truthful. It's indicative of my true self. It doesn't matter that I never heard back. It's a kick-ass cover letter, and now you can write one too!
My Vote Won’t Make a Difference: A Bigger Myth than God
Democracy is a lot like Atheism. Both are grounded in the belief that there is no sovereign, no ultimate arbiter of right and wrong who will steer us in the proper direction if we just listen closely enough and, most importantly, obey.  Not everyone in a democracy is an Atheist, and not all Atheists think democracy is a good idea, but Atheists in America do. So why is it that Atheist voter turnout is so low?   There are probably as many reasons as there are non-voters, but after years of listening to people talk about all aspects of voting, I’ve come to understand that a lot of us have never had the opportunity to take a close look at what democracy is and what it isn’t.  Democracy is born of the understanding that when more than a handful of human beings are thrown together, at least some of them will want to govern.  The problem of deciding who ends up in charge can be solved in a number of ways. Birthright and force have been the two most common in history.  Other choices include lotteries, omens, and default. Democracy solves the problem by placing the burden of the decision squarely on your shoulders and mine.  And I do mean burden because democracy is not easy; it was never meant to be. Just like the word “god,” the word “easy” appears nowhere in the Constitution.  Democracy is not a synonym for freedom because it doesn’t promise that you will get your way—not even once in your life—after the votes are counted.  Democracy doesn’t guarantee voting procedures without deep flaws and deliberate complications (but it does offer ways to remedy them, albeit with a lot of work and never overnight). Read the full article: https://www.fadewblogs.eu.org/2021/12/vote-as-an-atheist.html
Why Tracking Your Progress Will Make You Hate Yourself Less
Self acceptance is nearly impossible. In our twenties it's hard to accept anything: change, graduating from college, moving to a new city, our bodies, our careers. In the fog where we facebook stalk our "more successful" friends and get down on ourselves for not being "put together", its easy to get caught up in the "I suck" mantra. No inspirational quote can help with whatever deep-seeded self-doubt we've developed over the years, but I've discovered something that can: Tracking your progress. Now this may sound a little bit ridiculous, considering the depth of what we're talking about, but planning and tracking my daily tasks, goals and challenges has changed my life. I bought a planner after envying countless women on Youtube who were way more put together than me. When I saw these people on the screen with their pastel colored worlds, shiny smiles and perfect make-up...I wanted to be like them. I didn't want to trade in my spontaneous edge and chaos for a square life filled with methodical primping and planning, but I did want to achieve more of a balance.When you spend so much time in a free-fall that it becomes a routine, you have to change. So I purchased the Create 365 Happy Planner, which, by name seems a little stupid, but has honestly changed the way I do everything. Planning things out has never been my strong-suit, but today I look down at an organized week full of goals, quotes, stickers and decorations and think, man...life is a lot easier than I have been making it. When I stare at a blank week in my little book of revelations, things seem a lot more hopeful. It displays the choices I can make to get better, or worse. I am tracking each move I make. I am being more conscious. Planning things out, and encouraging myself to think forward, but not ahead has brought me a sense of calm unlike any other. For once the chaos in my head melted away. The responsibility lands on my planner now. If I write it down and look at it every day, I can get it done. The point is, once I started actually using the God damn thing I've started to hate myself less. I plan every Sunday. It is my hour to sit and really think about the next week and what I want to accomplish. It's a time for reflection on what worked the week before, and what didn't. It's a time for me to look at myself and be like, "hey, are you doing the best you can, or are you fucking up a little bit?" And that answer comes out in the plan. Recently I've gotten serious about getting sober, at least for a little while. And each day I go without drinking is a little victory. In the book of revelations I have five tick marks. Once I reach a week I'll put down a little sticker with a smile. Tracking progress. No matter how banal and idiotic it may seem, is helping me get over my demons. It's helping me be a better person. Each day I eat healthy, I write down a little note like, "Good job not screwing up." and in my brain, that matters. It's a running chronicle of my life choices. It's helping me see light in things that I always avoided before like trying to better my mood or making healthier choices. Although the shiny people on Youtube have their own sets of problems, mine don't seem as daunting anymore. I can look at my little bible and smile, because my life is on track. And when I hop over the railings and stir up some trouble, I make a little note. "Do better next time." In my little book, there are no judgments, only observation. For someone slowly recovering from years of self-hatred that's a really good thing. Planners are just one way to hate yourself less, and they don't work for everyone. But I implore you, if you feel like nothing can help, that you're spinning out of control. Just buy one. It costs less than a bottle of booze and can give you more to look forward to than just a hangover. When I look back in my planner, I don't see a fuck up like I used to, I see progress. And that's all we can hope for as humans, to progress from our primitive selves to fully evolved versions. Some people decorate them, others just make lists. No matter what your style is, planners can increase productivity. They also make you look at yourself honestly. I've been tracking my progress in a serious and diligent way for the past two months, and I've never felt more in control. Although I'm not even close to accepting myself, my world has a bit more pastel in it. I'm closer to liking what I see, what I do and how I feel. My planner, my book of revelations has really helped with that. Because it's not just a stupid little book with decorations in it, it's a living chronicle. It's a letter to myself...with mistakes and victories all laid out in a grid. To me, it's beautiful. This little book doesn't change who I am, it doesn't detract from the danger and the fun I've always held close, it just organizes it. No matter how fun flailing in the darkness has been, it's a lot easier to stand tall, steady and sure that tomorrow if all else fails, I have my plan.