Are you tired of missing important events or special occasions because they fall off of your radar? Do you miss meetings because you’ve forgotten about them? Do urgent deadlines get overlooked because you can’t find your notes with the deadlines recorded on them? With a new year just around the corner, this is the perfect time to get a fresh start on using your calendar more effectively so that you don’t have to worry about missing these and other important occasions.
#1: Get it now: Rather than scrambling to find a calendar once the new year has begun, purchase your calendar in advance.
#2: Choose the right calendar: With such a large variety of styles and types, find one that is right for your lifestyle.
#3: Use one main calendar: If you take only one tip away from this article, this is the one! The most important piece of an effective calendar system is to use only one calendar for everything.
#4: Enter annual events: The first step in setting up your new calendar is recording birthday and anniversary information, along with any other yearly events such as monthly meetings, school events, etc.
#5: Capture phone numbers with your appointments: Taking the time to include the phone number next to each appointment comes in handy in case you get lost that day or need to reschedule your appointment.
#6: Capture important information: Rather than leaving invitations, appointment cards or flyers lying around, record the pertinent information on your calendar and toss the paper backup. Jot down the address, what you need to bring, questions you have or any other details for the event or appointment on your calendar. (If you must hold on to paperwork, clip it to the calendar month when the event takes place so you can easily find it when you need it.)
#7: Enter all work, school and family activities on to your master calendar: Rather than posting sports and school schedules next to your calendar, take the time to record the information from those schedules on to your main calendar. By doing this, you will readily see any scheduling conflicts well in advance.
#8: Color code: Use a different color for each family member so that their schedule and commitments can be seen easily at a glance.
#9: Plan for next year: Towards the end of the year you will likely begin making appointments for the next year. Staple all appointment cards or other information for the new year to the back of your calendar so you’ll have all of that information in one place. That way once you get your new calendar, you can easily record that information on to it. (For digital calendar users, just simply enter the information into the following year.)
#10: Set goals: Don’t be afraid to add your goals and deadlines to your calendar to help keep you on track for the year.
This is a guest post courtesy of Sue Anderson