Even though it might not seem like it, New Year’s Eve will be here before you know it. With that comes plenty of events, school activities, and tons of other important dates. Whether you are using a desk or wall calendar, an organizer or a planner, be one step ahead of the game this year and get your calendar organized with these simple steps.
Color Coding & Abbreviations
Each member of your family gets a color (including your fur-family.) It can be their favorite color or you can use whatever pens/highlighters you have lying around the house. Once that person is assigned a color, every single one of his/her events gets written on the calendar in that color. Have birthdays as one color, holidays as another, and so on and so forth.
Abbreviations can be helpful too. For example, if there is a day your kids don’t have school mark it with N.S. In the note section of your calendar, make a index of what your abbreviations mean (NS = No School.) This way everyone involved in your calendar is on the same page.
Choose a calendar that shows off your personality. Whether it is a wall calendar with adorable puppies or a classic desk calendar, pick one that speaks to you. If you have a lot of children with various events happening at the same time or a job with many corporate functions, you might want a planner that you can bring on the go. Keep in mind; you will have this for at least one full year. Why not make it something you love looking at?
If you aren’t looking for the typical calendar, try something with a little more character. One of my favorite ideas is turning a classic chalkboard into wall calendar. Use a chalkboard pen to draw on the days of the week along with a grid (this will serve as the open slots on a calendar.) This way, the weekdays and grid system stay on the chalkboard permanently so you don’t have to work on those perfect lines each time you erase the board for a new month. Grab some chalk and use that to personalize the rest of the calendar. If you want to take the DIY route, use chalkboard paint on a designated wall in your house or on the glass of an old mirror for a cool frame around your calendar.
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