Today, on the last day of 2017, I’m sharing a monthly calendar for January 2018.
Today’s freebie isn’t a printable. Sorry. But I think the file is useful, and I hope you’ll agree.
Have you ever tried to pull up a monthly calendar in the task bar of your computer only to lose it as soon as you returned to another window? I hate that. I consider the fact that you can’t keep the calendar open a major flaw in the Windows operating system. (Give me a pushpin, people!)
But I found a way around the problem. I added a monthly calendar as my desktop wallpaper. And I’m sharing the file at no cost here on the blog.
In the closing days of 2018, I’m posting 18 printables to help you organize your home and your life in the new year. So far, I’ve posted a no spend calendar, a net worth spreadsheet, a monthly bill pay checklist, a debt snowball worksheet, a debt snowball progress chart, a time management planner, and a Post-it day planner.
Today, I am providing a free weekly planner for those of you who use planners. Simply download it to your computer and print it.
A few years ago, having far too many packs of 3M Post-it notes for the office I had closed, I decided to use them to keep track of the tasks I needed to do each day. I had previously used a new sheet of paper each day to keep of my various lists, and I decided that using a smaller Post-it or two each day seemed a little less harmful to the earth.
I found I needed several separate Post-its each week: one for a checklist of tasks I handled routinely each day, one for the day’s special tasks (such as special phone calls to make), one for tasks that needed to be completed for work, one to keep track of the tasks my husband was supposed to handle that I could not, and one for tasks that needed to be handled that week. I initially had these all sticking to a sheet of paper, but eventually decided to create a permanent day planner sheet for them, a sheet that I ultimately laminated. I have found this method as helpful as any other for keeping me on track during the day. I’ve stuck to this method for several years now. In fact, I frequently change the Post-it notes out just once a week now.
My day got away from me in a hurry this morning.
At 7:30, my neighbor’s friend’s loud car woke me up. At 8:00 I received a call of bad news from my family in Florida. Then at 8:45, I received a spam text that I had an outstanding delinquent student loan balance. (I do not.) So I felt compelled to call the company and then posted about my experience as a warning to others on this blog’s Facebook page.
And by then, it was around 10:00. I was ultimately able to get back on track and have a productive day.
But do you ever have these days? Are many of your days like this?