For people like me, whose lives are stuck in permanent “never mind! I have a better idea!’ mode, this is the most wonderful time of the year.
I’d had success in the past, off-and-on, with the Uncalendar. But I’m finding that its lack of structure (you can fill in the weeks as you go, however you like) ultimately made it too easy for me to put off using it – and then I’d get these bursts of energy where I’d go through and label the pages for several weeks in advance, only to have to go back and erase everything. It also made it kind of overwhelming for me to try to prioritize the disparate tasks that make up my day.
My particular challenge is that I am homeschooling and also running a web design business. I was trying to keep everything all on one planner, which SEEMS like it would make sense – keep up with a master list of what’s going on in every sphere of my day-to-day life.
But then it occurred to me that, if I were working outside of my home, I’d have a calendar at work and one at home. This year, I’m going to try to use two separate planners – one for school planning, and one for my business. I think it will also help me to think of these things as distinct modes in which I operate, because right now I’m kind of doing a little of both things throughout the day – and yes, as I read that, I realize it sounds cuckoo.
NEVER MIND THIS, WOMAN, YOU SAID THERE WAS A GIVEAWAY
YES. There is, indeed, a giveaway!
I was contacted by Jesse Phillips of NeuYear.net a few weeks ago; he asked me if he could send me a free calendar; I had just completed round one of dealing with the office; it was kismet.
If you watched the video above, you are already aware of the Five Awesomes. I’m just here to validate their claims. I’m very impressed with this calendar. There’s plenty of room to write in each day, and I’m especially happy about the weeks-flow-together model. The design is very clean and appealing. I’m going to use an uncoated NeuYear calendar for planning out homeschool stuff, and a laminated NeuYear calendar for business. I love a dry-erase marker so the laminated version will let me color-code entries by client or type of task. For the school planning, I went with the uncoated because it will let me write things really small when needed.
So, what’s going on my big ole calendars?
Well, I must admit that I am having that feeling of “I cannot sully this immaculate document with my erratic handwriting and more erratic plans,” but I’m going to press on and use the large calendar to map out some big goals for the year, as well as visualizing better how long it will take to accomplish them. For work, I know that seeing a large calendar will help me to better keep up with how many client projects I have going on at any given time. For school, I’m going to use the big calendar to write out the general “what we need to do this week,” especially for math, so that I make sure I cover the basics over the course of the year. NeuYear makes an academic calendar, too.
What’s going on YOUR big ole calendar? Because, you know, YOU COULD WIN ONE FOR YOUR VERY OWN SELF. I have two calendars to give away. Here’s how to enter!
1. Leave a comment using the word “calendar” in a sentence.
2. One entry per person.
3. Giveaway closes on Saturday, January 5 at 11:59 Central Time. Two names will be chosen via a random number drawing.
4. Earn an extra entry by posting to your own blog about how you’d use this calendar, with a link back to this post. Earn another extra entry for sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest – if you do that, shoot me an email with the details.
You can also save 30% if you use the promotional code “scrutinies” and order from NeuYear.net before January 31, 2013.
I bookmarked this post from Andreas Widmer on how to think about the year to come and am going to come back to it when it’s time to start marking up my new calendars. I like Widmer’s approach because it doesn’t read like a step-by-step goal management program:
Many people would advise you to start with a goal for next year, with setting out specific achievements and accomplishments. I suggest you to take a different approach. Instead of pursuing any specific achievements, start by thinking about the kind of life you want to live. What’s important to you? What values do you want to be present in your life? What virtues do you want to practice in your life? I find this approach to planning my own life much more effective, and it gives me the ability to keep perspective.
What activities and habits made you fulfilled during the last year? Come up with 5 of them as well. Describe what they are, what virtue or value do they represent? What situations made them possible? What circumstances enabled them to grow or come about? Who and what helped you in this practice? Who and what hindered you?
I’ll leave you with another short video I thought was helpful for long-term planning – this one from Nathalie Lussier. It’s tailored to planning for business purposes but the techniques seem applicable to other sorts of planning, as well.
Now, let’s get those comments going! Who has a sentence that includes the word “calendar?” (Comments can, of course, be longer than one sentence.)