Choose a paper calendar that fits your work and lifestyle.
Is It “You?”
You’ll have your calendar with you all the time, so make sure you love how it looks and feels in your hands.
Don’t try to use a wall calendar as your appointment book. It isn’t portable, and the space on each day is too small.
We strongly recommend that your paper calendar have the following characteristics:
- Full day format. A traditional monthly calendar is not enough. Your calendar should show you full day views, ideally in a weekly, 2-page format.
- A removable tab/bookmark to mark today’s page. Even a paper clip will do. This bookmark makes it easy to find today’s date in the planner, so you have instant access to your schedule.
- Monthly/yearly calendars. You only use these to schedule appointments and tasks for distant dates without daily pages (yet). Alternatively, use a blank page for all future appointments. When you insert new daily pages, transfer all appointments and tasks from the monthly calendar to their daily pages. Never run your day off the monthly calendar pages!
- Portable. This depends on your needs. If you are always at your desk and only organize your office work with TRO, a bulkier calendar-planner might work for you. If you spend much time going from place to place, you calendar should be small enough to move with you.
- 2-3 month visibility. Your calendar only needs to hold 2-3 months of appointments at a time. Each month you replace the previous month’s pages with next month’s. You will need a blank page to record long-term appointments.
Commercial planners can work well as a daily calendar, but discard all the fluffy extras that come with them, such as extra calendar views, advertisements, quotes, birthday calendars, separate to-do lists, and anything else that might distract you. Keep blank note paper.