What Is a 2017 Calendar?
Do you struggle with managing your time well? Do your plans to get fit, mow the grass, or work in the yard fall by the wayside, eaten up by a Netflix binge or a social activity you forgot about? You may benefit from keeping a calendar in 2017! Calendars can help you stay on top of work, family, and personal goals. When you keep a calendar, you set a goal for each day. Meeting your goals makes you feel accomplished, motivating you to continue setting and meeting goals and allowing you to get more done!
Tips for Writing a 2017 Calendar
There is plenty of advice available for setting up a calendar, but the items below are the ones we find most helpful based on our experience and research.
1. Set realistic time goals. When you are creating your schedule, be honest with yourself about how long teach task will take. How long does it usually take you to mow the lawn? Make sure you are setting aside enough time to do a task properly. And don’t forget about transition time! It may only take you 30 minutes to mow the lawn, but it takes five to ten minutes to pick up sticks, get the mower out, and put it away.
2. Keep a list of specific tasks, and cross things off when you are done. There is nothing more satisfying than crossing a task off a list. Take a moment to appreciate the sense of accomplishment.
3. Set aside personal time! Everyone needs time to sit down and relax. Set aside time each day to read a book, watch television, or go for a walk. You will look forward to that time as a reward for all your hard work.
4. Keep your calendar with you. It’s easy to forget about the schedule you set for yourself unless you have it with you constantly. Consider keeping your 2017 calendar on your phone or in your purse.
5. Be flexible. Life happens. Emergencies and surprises can disrupt your perfectly laid plans. Don’t be afraid to change your schedule as needed.
How to Write a Good 2017 Calendar
There are no rules for writing a calendar; your needs will inform your schedule. Consider Jill. Jill is a small- and large-animal veterinarian for a rural area, and she spends lots of time traveling to farms to see her patients. After a busy day of normally scheduled calls and emergency visits, she comes back to the office to find an enormous pile of paperwork. She constantly feels behind and overreached, so she sits down to create a calendar, hoping it will help her stay on top of her busy job.
Step 1: Consider the norm. Jill knows most of her emergency calls happen in the morning when farmers wake up and feed their animals, so she decides not to schedule any appointments in the morning, leaving it open for emergency calls. On days when she doesn’t receive emergency calls, she will catch up on paperwork and prepare for her afternoon appointments.
Step 2: Keep a list. Jill can never remember what she still has left to do. She makes a list of each document she needs to complete. Instead of asking herself to do it all at once, she spreads it out over the course of a week.
Step 3: Set aside personal time. After a long morning of paperwork and emergency appointments, Jill is exhausted. She knows she has an afternoon of stressful surgeries ahead, so she chooses to take 15 minutes to walk outside. The fresh air and mental downtime will allow her to prepare for the afternoon ahead.
Examples of a 2017 Calendar
You can create a calendar for any area of your life. Parents may keep a sports calendar for their kids’ sports practices and games. Students may keep a homework schedule. Lots of people create social or volunteer calendars to keep their commitments straight. What kind of 2017 calendar would be most helpful in your life?
1. Academic Calendar
Bill is a college student. He creates a new calendar each week to keep track of his classes, homework, and sports practices and games. He also notes academic breaks, like Spring Break, to ensure he prepares a ride home ahead of time.
Dates: October 2 – 8, 2017
7 a.m. – 8 a.m. Wake up, eat breakfast, shower, and prepare materials for class. Leave at 7:45 a.m. for 8 a.m. class.
8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Biology class
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Physics class
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Humanities class
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Eat lunch at dining hall, return to dorm, pick up materials for afternoon classes and work. Leave at 11:45 a.m. for class at noon.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. English class
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Work at college fitness center.
2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Return to dorm, and develop ideas for English paper due Monday, Oct. 9. Select idea, and begin researching. Goal: Roughly outline paper before dinner.
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Eat dinner, and prepare for football practice. Leave at 5:45 for football field.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Football practice
Jill finished her weekly work calendar for 2017. It’s flexible enough to serve her needs but stringent enough to ensure she doesn’t get overloaded with paperwork by the end of the day. A normal workday schedule is as follows.
Date: October 20, 2017
7 a.m. – 8 a.m. Arrive at work. Check emergency phone, and return calls. Make a list of farm visits for the morning.
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Visit farms or complete paperwork, depending on the day.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. 15-minute walk to prepare for afternoon.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Conduct regularly scheduled spay and neuter surgeries.
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet with patients and their owners, and give vaccinations.
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Spend an hour doing paperwork, return phone calls, talk to administrative assistant about tomorrow’s schedule, and go home.
3. Training Calendar
Jeffery is planning to run a marathon in a month. Until now, he has struggled to keep a consistent training schedule. He decides to write down his workouts for each day and plan a specific time to do each one.
October 2 – 8, 2017
5 a.m. – 6 a.m. – easy 6 miles, running
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Stretch while watching tv, focusing on hamstrings, glutes, hip flexors, and calves.
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – track workout: 10 reps of 1000 meters at race pace
9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – ab workout: 50 crunches, 2 min plank (30 seconds on each side), and 20 toes to bar
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – 1.5 hours, stationary bike, recovery
5 a.m. – 6 a.m. – slow 15 miles, running
6 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. – ice bath
9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – 30-minute yoga practice at local gym, focusing on flexibility in the back, chest, arms, and hips
5 a.m. – 6 a.m. – easy 6 miles, running
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – local half marathon race at Brady’s Run park. Registration is at 4 p.m., and the race begins at 4:30 p.m. Shoot for eight-minute miles.