No, not really. I ordered my 2016 calendar the other day. Every year around this time I notice that I’m starting to scribble in a lot of dates for the next year on the blank pages at the end of my calendar. That’s my trigger to order a new one.
When I was in London I did some shopping at Fortnum & Mason, and I thought about buying a fancy leather calendar. But I honestly like this basic weekly model (168 hours and all), especially since it has a spiral binding. I like it to open flat and stay open.
I do not have an electronic calendar. People send me calendar invites and I hit accept but I have no idea where that information goes.
I suppose there are downsides to a paper calendar. I could lose it. In the interest of not losing it, I might not take it with me places, which means I might not have it when I need to make a decision about scheduling. Actually, this happened last week when I was on my way to London. I came up with a solution: I texted my husband and asked him to email me a picture of the next two weeks’ pages. He did. All good.
So the downsides aren’t too bad, and I also believe there are upsides to an old-fashioned paper calendar. For starters, nothing goes on there without me putting it on there. I recognize that this would be unworkable if I were part of a big organization, but in my life writing something down in pen on my calendar means I am actively choosing to do it.
The limited space on a paper calendar also provides a visual trigger that a day is getting too full. When I’m scribbling calls and appointments in the margins, that’s a sign I need to start scheduling things farther out. Alternately, if I see nothing on a day — an absolutely pristine open day of white space — I’m generally inclined to try to keep it that way. I love completely open days. Maybe something amazing will come along, or else I’ll get to do whatever I feel like!
I’d add that my calendar is not my planner. If something time-sensitive is coming up that needs to be done within a frame of time, I might write it in the header of a week (like “write afterword for paperback of book” – that’s next week). But generally I write out my weekly priority lists in a different notebook. I use that notebook for notes and phone numbers and reminders and anything else. Perhaps there might be some good product that would combine both these functions, but to be honest, I don’t care. Any system that works is a good enough system. There’s no need to mess around with it.
What do you use to schedule and organize your life?