I have a confession. One of my favorite things to do each year usually occurs around this time and it has nothing to do with turkey or Christmas (although those are pretty awesome too).
I love picking out a calendar/planner for the new year.
I know, I’m weird right? But I LOVE to organize and plan events, write in everyone’s birthdays, schedule vacations (who doesn’t love that?!) and create goals for myself. I am Type A to the fullest, but I must admit that being a new mom has thrown my controlling ways for a loop. Like a roller coaster loop. I mean, we rescheduled Trent’s first Disney vacation 3 times already! So having a way to plan things and remember to pay bills is even more important now than ever. Mommy brain is real! And because I’m trying to remember these days as they fly by oh-so-fast, I like writing down when Trent reaches new milestones and his stats from his doctor’s appointments.
So I’m trying something new to me…a NeuYear dry-erase calendar that shows the ENTIRE year at one glance!
Here’s why I think this calendar is awesome…
At 27″ x 39″ – It shows you the whole year at once, which means I don’t have to page through a traditional calendar (or on a small computer screen or phone), to see the whole year.
Unlike other calendars, this one has no space between months. The philosophy here is that the week is the currency we think in, so this calendar focuses on presenting 52 weeks, rather than 12 months. This feature helps you plan across months easily, and see clearly the distance/days between any two dates in the year. It will also motivate you to see weeks passing, deadlines approaching and goals accomplished.
– Laminated for use with dry erase and dry wipe markers: This will be great for when we inevitably reschedule vacations or events. I hate having white-out all over my paper calendars.
– Week is grouped into weekdays and weekend, for greater visual clarity
– Dotted vertical lines reduces “chart junk” and emphasizes your deadlines
– Has vertical and horizontal orientation on either side of page
– Fits perfectly on your door or above your desk
-The COLOR! Turquoise is one of my favorite colors!
-Meal Planning: This is why I put it on the pantry door (besides the fact that it fit perfectly). I’d like to be better at planning meals for the week and grocery shopping accordingly, so we’ll write our daily meals down and grab what we need from the pantry after looking at the calendar for that day.
-Health & Fitness goals and events: I want to create some weight loss and fitness goals for myself and this calendar is PERFECT for that since it shows the year in weekly format and I tend to give myself weekly goals. I also want to run a Disney race in the near future (anyone want to sponsor me? I’ll wear your t-shirt, hat, underwear…lol) so I will write the 2013 race dates as they become available in order to decide what to do. I’m thinking a nice fall vacation centered around a Disney race sounds kinda fun.
-Vacations: What better way to count down to a vacation than a calendar that shows the entire year and allows you to see your vacation dates every.single.day that you look at it? Nothing like seeing a vacation to make you stick to your fitness goals too, huh?
-Birthdays, days off work, events we want to attend and Brett’s photoshoots
-Work deadlines: As an accountant, I have days that I really have to be at work, so I will be writing those times in there to make sure I don’t schedule anything during that time.
This calendar would have also been good to use at work, but my job buys us a calendar each year, so I might as well take advantage of that…after all, it is in the budget 😉
I’m excited to see what 2013 year brings…after all, 2012 was pretty epic with having a baby and all. 🙂
What about you? Do you look forward to getting your new calendar each year or am I just weird like that?
If you are in the market for a new calendar for yourself, your family, work or a gift for someone else (this would be great for moms!), you can use code “ThePhotographersWife” for 30% off your calendar purchase at www.NeuYear.net (expires 12/31/12). Or you can enter our giveaway below to win one!!
Thanks to the folks at NeuYear, you have the chance to win one of two NeuYear calendars! That’s right…TWO winners will receive a 2013 calendar valued at $30 each! We’ll be using Rafflecopter again (form below), so that means you have plenty of ways to enter the contest…pick as many as you’d like. The more things you do, the more entries you get! The calendars will be sent to the winners directly from NeuYear. Contest ends Saturday, December 8th at midnight. US only please!
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Let’s make 2013 epic together! 🙂
I did not receive any compensation for this post, although I did receive a calendar to review. As always, all opinions are my own and 100% honest.