PLANNER 101: the great calendar funnel.

August 13, 2015

{vintage calendar art print. retro calendar art print. typewriter calendar print.}

the best way for me to describe the wonderful world of calendars is to liken it to a giant funnel of time management, with super broad coverage at the top and a very narrow focus at the bottom. so at the top of the funnel where the opening is the widest, you have massive yearly calendars that don’t do much for detailed planning but look absolutely stunning framed and hanging on a kitchen or office wall. just take a look at the beauties above and tell me i’m wrong!

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{paper source great big calendar. at-a-glance large block calendar pad.}

next, you have the more traditional wall or desk calendars containing monthly views and sometimes even photos of kittens, shirtless fire fighters, and the members of one direction (zayn please come back i’m lost without you). these calendars have withstood the test of time because they are perfect for recording wednesday’s dentist’s appointment, your 1st wedding anniversary, and pay day every other friday. in fact, most planners and organizers come with this all-important monthly view, as seen below.

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{ florabunda spiral large planner. paper source paint stripe booklet planner}

further down the calendar funnel is the standard view of most personal planners and organizers: the weekly view. your average filofax, franklin covey, and dayrunner will most likely include this weekly view, which gives you ample space to plan all sorts of things into your week: your dentist’s appointment, your business lunch, your yoga class, and a reminder to pay your tuition by midnight or your classes get dropped!

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{official filofax week-on-two-pages planner refills}

at the very narrow tip of the funnel, for the biggest control freaks of them all (just kidding, kind of) there is the daily planner. each page is devoted to just a single day, sometimes even including time stamps so you can remove all spontaneity from your life. but seriously, we’ve all had those days that are so jam-packed that there’s nothing to do but write it all out in half-hour increments or you will lose your mind, or your child at soccer practice, or your best friend because you left her waiting at starbucks by herself for the 3rd time in a row because you forgot you promised to meet her on her lunch break. again.

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{instant download by perfectlyorganized on etsy. printed inserts by hawaiipaperparty on etsy.}

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{cavallini aqua daily planner.}

so there you have it. whether you’re a big-picture planner or a micro-manager, you can calendar it all to make your life easier. i personally rely on several versions of monthly and weekly calendars (i promise, i have reasons other than there were too many cute ones to buy just one). since i’m teaching as well as taking a couple of classes next semester, i may need some daily pages to keep it all straight as i run around campus trying to look dignified.

leave a comment below about which level of the funnel you operate in. seriously, i want to know everything! p.s. tomorrow’s the last day to enter the planner giveaway! so put THAT on your calendar stat.

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  • Reply Danielle Eskdale August 13, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Oh gosh I don’t even know who I am anymore haha.
    Well the furthest up the chain I have is a traditional monthly wall calendar and I only have that because I actually sold my own calendars for this year featuring my wildlife photography. Then I have a day to day diary and many, many notebooks that I like to write lists in!

    What an interesting and unique post this was!!


  • Reply Cely August 14, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Thanks so much for featuring my daily printed insert! made just for us control freaks! Great post!

    • Reply HappyAsAnnie August 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      you’re so welcome, cely!

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