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Guide to choosing a calendar

Having a physical calendar around the home is beneficial for various reasons. It's a quick visual reminder of your appointments and you'll have a home for associated receipts, tickets and other items. You'll also have the ability to jot down notes on a paper calendar, which can be tough to do on a digital version.

Choose the right calendar term and format for your needs and your schedule. Calendar terms include anywhere from 12 up to 60 months. The most common is a 12-month calendar, but many people prefer longer calendars like 16- or 18-month long versions to have more planning options.

Calendar formats are different than monthly or yearly terms. Formats include the following:

  • Daily: Every day has its own page, giving you plenty of room for notes, reminders and appointments.
  • Weekly: Every two pages contains a week so you can see your 7-day schedule at a glance.
  • Monthly: Every page or two-page spread is a monthly calendar with boxes large enough to add a reminder.
  • Academic: Specifically designed for teachers, educators and students, an academic planner features calendar spreads that encompass the school year, weekly spreads for assignment tracking and more school-related items. Academic calendars typically start in August or September and run for 16 months instead of just 12 months.
  • Undated: This type of format allows you to start your calendar whenever you want to because you'll fill in the dates yourself, even if it's in the middle of the month or year. This format also gives you the freedom to have plenty of space to add notes and ideas when your creative juices are flowing.
  • Yearly: A yearly calendar is used for planning purposes. It's typically a wall calendar that includes all the months on one large piece of paper. If you have a business or run a project, the year-at-a-glance style calendar helps you plan out your strategies.

In addition to the carry-along planner, you can also keep track of something on a wall calendar or desk calendar. Every type of calendar has its purpose.


From daily to monthly, these planners are typically the size of paperback books, so they fit easily into a purse or briefcase.

  • Daily planners are thicker than monthly planners, which tend to be slim and fit better in smaller purses or bags.
  • Make sure you feel comfortable with the look, layout and structure of your planner. You want it to keep you motivated so you use it and move forward to achieve your goals while staying organized.
  • If you want to write down every tidbit of information about your day in your planner, opt for a daily format.
  • If you just want to list your appointments down, a weekly or monthly calendar format is best for your needs.
  • Protect your planner with a durable leather cover, many of which are zipped for full protection.

Wall calendars

Wall calendars are typically large so you can see them when you walk through the room.

  • A wall calendar helps families function better when it's placed in a central part of the home so everyone can see upcoming appointments and events.
  • Keep a wall calendar in a young child's room to help him or her learn the days, weeks and months.
  • In your office, use a wall calendar that's dedicated to one thing, such as invoicing or when you're expecting payments.
  • Make certain you use your wall calendar by choosing one with high visual impact, so it grabs your attention.
  • For extra visual comfort, choose a large-print calendar to make sure you easily see what's upcoming.
  • Choose a functional, utilitarian wall calendar without visual content but with large enough squares to keep your schedule and plans in order.
  • A weekly whiteboard-style calendar that lets you jot down notes can be used over and over again throughout the years.

Desk calendars

Desk calendars come in various shapes, sizes and designs. To get the most out of a desk calendar, consider these tips.

  • Put a smaller hole-punched page-a-day calendar on a sturdy base by your side and you'll never forget an appointment or deadline.
  • Choose a desk calendar in a theme, design and format that's personal and inspirational to you.
  • To add a little more personality in your workspace, look for unusual desk calendars, such as museum-inspired sculptural versions.

Telephone and address books

There's nothing old-fashioned about making sure you can reach someone even when you can't access your digital contact list on your phone or computer. Phone and address books are a great investment for peace of mind. In addition, they're small enough to carry around in your purse or briefcase. Keep one at your desk just in case an emergency does arise. Just make sure to continuously update phone and address books with new contacts and changes.