Jessica's hack inspired me in two ways. First, "planned spontaneity" is often all we can do to harken back to those carefree days of, well, maybe not our youth, but our pre-parenthood. Second, I'm so impressed that she recognizes that she deserves these moments of peace, beauty, and fun. It's easy to forget sometimes. Pathetic admission: I find myself hard-pressed to remember what I like to do in my spare time.
Earlier this month, it occurred to me that I could use Google Calendar to remind and assign myself to do those little things that I loved to do in my pre-parenthood life. Things like "read a poem today," or "go browse a bookstore this week," or "get a babysitter for next week and go to a movie," etc. I gave myself one assignment a week for the whole year. So far, I'm finding that if I get an event reminder in my work e-mail box, I'll treat it like any other task I need to accomplish and actually do the thing.
I've made the calendar "Jessica Poundstone's Year Of Lovely Things To Do" public so other folks can look at it for ideas. They can follow this link to my blog for context, or go straight to the calendar.