Page Updated on November 24, 2007
How to Set Up Your Calendar
- Print Monthly Calendars
- Print Your Schedules
- Bind It
- Divide It
- Clip It
- Make a Quick Flip Marker (Optional)
LOOK AT IT!
There’s no point in doing all of this if you don’t bother to look at your schedule daily. If you don’t have a habit of looking in your binder every day, post your schedule in a place where you will see it every day, like on your refrigerator.
Use your monthly calendar to remind you of important events that you need to know about well beforehand. (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, social events, major deadlines for projects, important appointments, …) Fill these items in for the entire year or as soon as you learn about them.
Use your daily/weekly calendar to remind you of day to day chores, routine schedules, menus, appointments, …. Make sure your daily/weekly calendar pages have space for a “notes” or “to do” section for items that need attention but do not necessarily need to be scheduled. Also, don’t forget to fill in those monthly reminders on your daily / weekly schedule. Otherwise, you’ll remember to get the laundry done, but you might forget that it’s your sister’s birthday.
Reuse / Recycle
At the end of the day/week, remove the day/week calendar page, and flip it over so that the blank backside can be used as scratch paper (such as for shopping list and taking messages). Put it in the scratch paper section of your household organizer. Now you can reuse the paper one more time before you recycle it. (Save money and trees!) Do the same with the monthly calendar pages at the end of each month.
Write in pencil! If you write in pen (even erasable pen which never completely erases), and you need to change your schedule, you’ll have to resort to crossing out the old appointments or messing around with correction fluid. It doesn’t seem like a big deal until you need to write another item in it’s place. Eventually you just end up without any room to write among the scratched out markings, and writing over correction fluid can get difficult to read.