I’ve never been that big of a calendar user. When I was younger, I often bought or got one and I was so excited get to it but it always fell behind unused. The reason I’ve kind of failed with calendar use before is because I don’t have meetings or much else going on schedule wise than work. So it’s always felt like I don’t have much to fill the calendar days with.
What I’ve now realized, is that a calendar can be used in many different ways. It doesn’t have to stand around work. It can be whatever you want it to be. Let it be a motivator to do what you have to do. And most importantly let it be a motivator to push you even further to achieve your dreams and goals.
The calendar I have this year is very simple. And I love it for that. Each week has its own spread. It has space for each day as well as sections for notes and ideas, to do – lists and for things to do later on. The only thing I’m missing at this moment is a monthly page between each month. It would be amazing to have a little space for reflection, but there’s empty pages at the end, so I can use those for that. Or maybe add my own pages in between? We’ll see how it turns out.
The front cover has an elegant silver writing of 2018 spelled out in Finnish. The back cover was just the plain color, so I wanted to do something to make it look more exciting and interesting. I had a couple of unused postcards and I thought the one I ended up using really fit into the style and colors of the calendar. I might end up decorating the covers more as the months go by.
With these two/three weeks I’ve been using this calendar I’ve realized I don’t have much stuff to put into the ‘for later’ section. And I started to think about what would be a more efficient way for me to use that space as and I read my new year’s resolutions list and there I had it. I split the bottom space into three sections. I still have the ‘for later’ space and in addition I put in a ‘budget’ section and a ‘this week I’m thankful for’ section.
I’m excited and pleased with this lay out and having the calendar as a whole. It’s helped me so much already with having my life moving forwards even though I haven’t had any schedule because I’ve been on a sick leave for the past month. I believe this will help me work towards my goals and do self-reflection. The most important thing for me is that I can look at this as an open page. It doesn’t reflect me if I don’t make it reflect me. I don’t feel caged to be this one person, because I have the power to make this what I want it to be. I have freedom to create and be open on these pages and with myself.
As you can see from this weeks page, it’s already filled out pretty nicely. I bought some stickers to be able to decorate the pages in an easy and effortless way. I know when work starts again I won’t have as much time to use filling out everything and decorating, so I think this is a great way to motivate me to keep using the calendar even when it feels like I don’t have any extra energy.
I’m also super excited to get to use a new device I bought to myself as a birthday present at the end of last year. A Sprocket. Have you heard of it? It’s a small photo printer. You can print sticker photos from your phone, using bluetooth. I think it’s a fantastic way to collect memories to your diary or calendar or in which ever way you want. I’ve seen other amazing ideas how to use those photos, for example in present wrapping to address a present to someone by using a picture taken together.
If I had or if I start using monthly pages in this calendar, I would put one picture to each months page. Like a highlight photo. I think that would be amazing to look back to and see everything I’ve done and experienced. It would be a great motivator, I think.
I’m taking one day at a time and reminding myself that even the smallest things can be big. Taking notice of those things and spelling them out and saying to yourself ‘ you did good today ‘ and we’ll face tomorrow with new energy. Building your energy starts from the moment you wake up. You have the potential to build that energy as high as you want. Take each day with grateful eyes and open mind and the possibilities are endless.
Wishing all the best to you,