My subconscious used to be so good. It kept me from forgetting any appointments, and I only needed to hear a time and place once to make it there on time. I can be severely type-A when it comes to punctuality and schedules, and at the very least, I’d have that nagging feeling that I was forgetting something my subconscious couldn’t quite push the schedule through to my conscious brain. So, a few days ago, when I completely spaced a meeting that had been set up in advance, I panicked a bit. I don’t just forget that kind of stuff. Does this mean I’m getting old?
To be fair, as Christmas nears, the filling of schedules becomes almost palpable. I know it isn’t just me. Beijing has a lack of pretty day planners, but luckily, I recently stumbled upon a site with a round-up of awesome, beautiful organizational planners which can be printed and used easily. And with printing costs that are super low in China, making my own daily or weekly planner isn’t too ridiculous.
My favorites from this series are definitely the meal planning ones. The thing with making meals in Beijing, especially Western meals, is that it just takes a lot more planning ahead. You have to plan your grocery shopping, taking into account the three or four different places you may have to shop to get the right ingredients at the right prices. It’s taken me a long time to get used to the fact that the nearest fresh milk is a long way off (and to decide to keep a few bags of preservative-filled milk just in case I’m in a real bind). I recommend a meal planner that also has a shopping list, but you can always make that separately, too.
How do you keep your crazy life in order? If you have other online resources, post those links here so we can all enjoy.