One of the casualties of the mobile-device-for-everything phenomenon is the physical calendar. They have all but disappeared from our walls.
One of the most useful things I have found to keep on my desk is a physical calendar that I can grab whenever I want to plan something, especialy if it is a multi-day affair. Holidays, events in the future, upcoming interviews – any of these are easier to plan using a physical calendar than scrolling through screens.
Using a physical calendar also gives me screen-free planning time – with a notebook and fountain pen. This time is distraction-free and fully spent on whatever it is I am focused on.
It also helps that I carry a physical calendar with me – it lives inside my pocket notebook and is readily accessible. This is especially useful when you are talking to someone about plans and dates, and instead of pulling out your phone, a physical calendar wonderfully focuses the conversation.
This year, I designed my own. It can be printed on a single A4 sheet on any printer. Fold it back on itself and paste it with a liberal coating of glue. Once it dries, it is stiff as a card. You have two copies of the calendar which you can cut to size. As you can see, it’s not the most perfectly cut calendar, but it does its job well!
Go ahead and grab it from below, and feel free to share it with friends and family!