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, especially 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.
Last year, I designed my own – a 16-month calendar that can easily be printed out and cut at home. After a year of using it, I’ve made a few improvements to it. I’m happy to present the 2022-23 edition of the world-famous Navin Sigamany’s 16-Month Calendar! It can be yours in two versions – the download-and-print version or the physical version.
Download-and-Print Version: Print it 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. It’s easy to make and it does its job well!
Physical version: This year, I got a few of these printed up at a local print shop. It’s come out well, even if I say so myself. It’s 3 inches by 5 inches and printed on 250 gsm glossy paper. It’s compact enough to go into all but the smallest of pocketbooks. You can get yours by sending me your shipping address – I’ll post a couple to you. Please keep in mind I have only a few of these – so do hurry. If it comes down to choosing whom to send it to, I will send it to whoever asked first.
Here’s a quick preview of the file: