I would argue that the March Madness has nothing on the December Madness: somehow, people think it’s a good idea to put ALL the parties, all the merriment, and all the travel into this one, ice-slick month and hope that we will still be able to finish up a school semester in our free time. It’s bonkers.
That’s why I am grateful that, in between the goal-setting pages and the gratitude questions, my Self Journal has some regular old monthly calendar pages, and they aren’t labeled. This journal can be started at any time, and let me tell you: having December as the “middle month” of my challenge is nothing if not exciting.
Having the many engagements that are coming up written out makes me a little less frightened that by tomorrow, the month that has Christmas in it will be upon us. I can note which days I have not commitments and thus save them for baking or shopping or wrapping presents. Despite my love for Buy Nothing Day, I am definitely a holidays participant, and I want to make sure I’m doing my share of giving if I will be receiving from my generous friends and family anyway.
That being said, I also want to be able to focus on my goals, and the only way I seem to be able to fit the writing, the exercising, and the healthy cooking in are by noting the big picture rather than just my daily schedule. Having this wider view on the page helps me note which weeks are worst and make sure that I have a few slow cooker freezer meals at the ready before I get there, rather than approaching each week as if it will be equally busy.
What is your preferred mode of monthly calendar: email, online, physical on the wall, in a planner? Regardless, I think somewhere to put the weeks-out commitments is totally essential to my sanity.