Sometimes life seems really short, and other times it seems impossibly long. But this chart helps to emphasize that it’s most certainly finite. Those are your weeks and they’re all you’ve got.Given that fact, the only appropriate word to describe your weeks is precious. There are trillions upon trillions of weeks in eternity, and those are your tiny handful.
Each row of weeks makes up one year. That’s how many weeks it takes to turn a newborn into a 90-year-old.
It kind of feels like our lives are made up of a countless number of weeks. But there they are—fully countable—staring you in the face.
The Life Calendar
One of the ways we end up in NeitherLand is by not thinking about things hard enough—so one of the most critical skills is continual reflection and self-awareness. Otherwise, you can fall into an unconscious rut and waste a bunch of precious diamonds.
To help both you and ourselves stay conscious and avoid NeitherLand, we’ve created a Life Calendar that lays out every week of your life on one sheet of paper. We don’t typically bring products into posts, but in this case, they go hand-in-hand.
The calendar is in our store now, both a smaller 12″ x 18″ version and a larger 24″ x 36″ poster. The small version is on fancy cotton hand-printed paper and the larger is on high-quality blueprint-style paper—both are made to be written on and last for decades. Both are $15.
Besides the purpose of encouraging regular reflection, we hope the calendars can help you feel more oriented in your life, help you set goals and hold yourself to them, and remind you to be proud of yourself for what you’ve accomplished and grateful for the diamonds in your spoon.
How you use the calendar is totally open for creativity. Some possibilities:
- Highlight the weeks in the past in different colors to segment them into “life chapters”—i.e. High School, College, Job 1, Job 2, New City, Engagement, Marriage, etc., or maybe a whole other conception of what a life chapter means to you. You can also mark special boxes where key turning points happened.
- Write something in each week’s box as it goes by—on the smaller poster, there’s room for a color (maybe one color for “this week was enjoyable,” another for “this week was productive,” another for “this was a Neither Week”?), a check mark, a number, or a tiny word. On the larger poster, the boxes are about a square centimeter, which I was able to write six words in when I used a sharp pencil.
- Plot out goals for the future by making a mark on a future box and visually seeing exactly how many weeks you have to get there.
- If you’re a new parent, it might be fun to make one for your child so they can look at it later and have some info on what happened in the first few years of their life.
- Or maybe you’d rather leave it totally untouched.
Both the week chart above and the life calendar are a reminder to me that this grid of empty boxes staring me in the face is mine. We tend to feel locked into whatever life we’re living, but this pallet of empty boxes can be absolutely whatever we want it to be. Everyone you know, everyone you admire, every hero in history—they did it all with that same grid of empty boxes.
The boxes can also be a reminder that life is forgiving. No matter what happens each week, you get a new fresh box to work with the next week. It makes me want to skip the New Year’s Resolutions—they never work anyway—and focus on making New Week’s Resolutions every Sunday night. Each blank box is an opportunity to crush the week—a good thing to remember.
Source: Wait But Why