January has always meant a fresh start, a blank page, and I love the annual picking-out-of-the-new-calendar trip to the store. Actually, make that two calendars: family and personal. It’s a simple method that has worked well to date. Traditionally, the biggest question has been what format to use for the personal calendar. Go for monthly (good visual overview but no place to make lists)? Or weekly (can’t see the month at a glance but has space for reminders)? Or daily (lots of space for lists but have to rewrite whatever isn’t completed again on the next day, plus can’t see “big picture)? Or a monthly/weekly, which means everything has to be written down twice? But the point is that there is only one personal calendar to complement the family version.
I realized last month that the simple two-calendar system has somehow evolved into the following:
- Monthly Family Calendar: on the refrigerator, with everybody’s meetings, activities, appointments, etc.
- Weekly Pocket-Sized Calendar for Work: has space for specific reminders and appointments on the left, blank side on the right for list-making (often supplement that page with post-it additions because I’m a hardcore list maker). Good for carrying around, but doesn’t have enough space to incorporate all of the stand-alone stuff (see below).
- Monthly Calendar for Mysteristas: small, stands upright on the office desk just for blog scheduling, which I also use to check things off when the guest posts have been formatted.
- Monthly Calendar for Book: large size to see activities/deadlines that would otherwise be lost in the work calendar, which brings me to this month’s theme of “anticipation” > today anticipation feels a lot like anxiety about all that goes along with the book coming out in April. But I digress.
- Cell Phone Calendar: All of the above entered there for reminding purposes. (Not as helpful as it would seem, because I swipe to clear the screen after a reminder comes up and then promptly forget about it.)
Although I have more calendars than ever before, I feel less organized (and far more overwhelmed).
Must. Stop. The. Madness.
So I turn to you, dear readers: what is your system? I could use some help…or a hug.