At Last, a Planning Calendar that’s just a Planning Calendar
Is your planning calendar full of information you can Google if you ever need it. Things like world maps, the Japanese train network, international dialling codes, weights and conversions, as well as public holidays and events in countries you don’t live in.
Drawing on a career in business and project management, Alexandria Blaelock developed Ms Blaelock’s Monthly Planning Calendar; a plain and simple A5 planner to meet her needs with Gantt charts, calendar and to-do lists.
“Buying and carrying planners full of pages I knew I wasn’t going to use was hurting my wallet and my back,” Alexandria said. “Tearing the pages out was a waste and ruined the book. And rewriting it all in my bullet journal every couple of months was taking too much time.“
Why You Need a Planning Calendar
There’s a story of a philosophy professor who fills a jar with rocks, then tops it up with pebbles and shakes them into the spaces. Finally, she pours in the sand, shakes the jar and completely fills all the gaps.
The rocks represent your big important goals or projects. The pebbles are the next layer of tasks; things that take time and effort but less of it. The sand is the small stuff; e.g., returning calls, ordering new toner cartridges or remembering to make appointments.
Ms Blaelock offers these five tips for using her planning calendar.
1. Establish a vision of your future
Make some time to think about what sort of life you want. Do you want a better job that pays more money? What do you need to get there? Educational qualifications? Wider network contacts?
2. Set some goals
Your goals are your rocks, they are the way you move from where you are to where you want to be. They have to come first, or they won’t get done at all. For example, do you need a four-year University course or a month of Photoshop tutorials? Join an Industry Association and attend monthly meetings? Fill the time you need into the Gantt chart (see example below).
3. Plan where it fits
Goals can usually be broken down into tasks; the tasks are your pebbles. And sometimes, pebbles can be rocks too, e.g., a four-year degree comes in semesters and years. Depending on your needs, you can put these in the Gantt or the calendar.
4. Add some milestones
Projects, (and some pebbles), come with milestones, e.g., start, mid-way and finish dates. Sometimes they’re actual dates and sometimes they’re a volume. e.g., number of units, like words or pieces. These go in the calendar, but you can also mark them in your Gantt with a symbol.
5. Do sweat the small stuff
There are always small things that need doing, and they often make the most impact on a happy life. Things like ordering and collecting the dog’s pills, getting your hair cut and remembering people’s birthdays. Add these to the calendar or your to-do list.
Planning Calendar now available
- Only in paperback 978-0-6481733-0-4 (MSRP US$10.00)
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