This is, arguably, the busiest time of year for many people. Depending on the size of your social circle, you’ve likely got several holiday parties to attend before the end of January; even more importantly, you have to do your best to spend time with family members amongst all of the hustle and bustle. It can be incredibly easy to find oneself overwhelmed and forgetting commitments if they aren’t written down or in a planner somewhere.
You may or may not be the type that does well with a physical or digital calendar on the daily, but its use is highly suggested during busy portions of the year. Try out some different styles to find what suits your personality best – some people love the feeling of a planner in their hands; others prefer to use a digital calendar app that syncs across all of their devices. Regardless of which you choose, you have to commit to using it daily; otherwise, the calendar is useless!
A Wall Calendar
This type of calendar might be best suited to those who spend a lot of time at home while planning events and get-togethers. Choose a calendar with plenty of space in each day’s box so that you have room to write. Some people opt for dry-erase calendars that can be used again and again. You can select from monthly calendars or weekly ones, depending on how much writing you’ll need to do on any given day.
Desk and Notebook Calendars
Planners and large desk calendars are great for those who work in offices or at a stationary desk. As you move throughout your day, you can jot down appointments and notes in the margin. Planners are more mobile and can be carried anywhere if they are small enough. A favorite among the younger generation, bullet journals can be extremely helpful for planning tasks and managing heavy schedules – a bullet journal is made of dot grid paper that the user can write on as they see fit. This could be a perfect fit for someone who doesn’t like traditional calendars.
These applications are nice because they will be accessible from any device, anywhere. The data is stored on the internet and you can add or remove things from your calendar very easily. Some people prefer this format because you can set reminders for tasks and events – this might be especially helpful for people who are a bit more forgetful!
Stick to it
Above all, the most important thing when staying organized is to have a system and stick to it. Begin building your holiday planner as you accumulate dates for events; if you wait, you might forget something. If you need to sit down and reconsider your dedication to certain events so that you aren’t stretched too thin, reach out and cancel something! We often don’t realize how much of ourselves we dish out until we see all of the different pots our hands are in.
Above all, don’t forget to pen in some time with your family members. Make official events in your calendar, that way you don’t feel like your time could be spent elsewhere. After all, this is a season of giving and being close to family!