Thursday, September 01, 2011

Already Freaking Out About 2012

Lately, I've been pressuring myself to find a calendar to help me start planning 2012. I know, I know, it's only September 2011; there is plenty of time. 

Theoretially, you are right. There is plenty of time to plan ahead. However, I am engaged in various projects and activities that demand my time, some which reach into 2012. I need to block time off way in advance so that I can mentally prepare. 

I somewhat use electronic calendars. Having an Android device is good in the sense that it updates my online calendar, and vice versa, automatically. However, electronic calendars simply do not work with the way my brain operates. I need a physical calendar. 

Earlier tonight, I got my fix of productivity porn over at Plannerisms. This afternoon, I made a trip to Wal-Mart to see what they have in terms of calendars; my current one came from there. It's adequate; but, it's not quite as good as the Uncalendar. I've been wanting a calendar ever since I realized that my plans extend beyond December 2011. 

The great thing about Uncalendars is that they are undated. This can be a pain if you sit down and enter all the necessary dates. Here is a video of the Uncalendar.

While I was at the store, I did consider a page-per-day planner that I saw. Plannerism's latest post discusses some of the benefits of a day per page planner. For me, the key advantage is that I write a lot of notes in a day. So, having a full page for my day is beneficial in that it gives me plenty of latitude for planning and noting, which turns into a journal of sorts. 

I still use Evernote, it helps me tremendously; but, it mainly helps rid me of stuff that would otherwise create clutter. In other words, it's great for archiving. But, when it comes down to planning ahead and working in the here and now, paper is still king. 

I realize there is still time to get a 2012 planner; but, it will be here sooner than we realize. I don't want to settle for whatever calendar I can pick up. I want something I will enjoy the whole year. 

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