There’s something about spring that seems like a fresh start. It’s still a second chance at a new year, a time to get everything in order and set some goals.
In that spirit, here’s a task to add to your weekend to-do list, courtesy of the Girls’ Night In newsletter: Get your calendar in order. Reads the newsletter:
In addition to birthdays and events, use the calendar to schedule recurring tasks (if you use an electronic calendar, set up reminders) to help you stay on top of things you tend to let slide, like workouts or cleaning. Make notes-to-self about holiday obligations to cut back on the stress of having to remember to make travel plans, go shopping for presents, or plan a big meal.
Add friends’ and family members’ birthdays, reminders to call your friends and grandma every once in a while and special memories (for example, I have a yearly reminder of my NYC anniversary). Consider scheduling a week- or month-long financial detox, or Whole 30 exercise, and periodic check-ins for your finances, goals and Personal Inventory Days. If you’re scheduling an international trip in December, say, you can add reminders to pick up supplies, make a copy of your passport, exchange currency, get a travel credit card, etc.
Not only is an easy way to never forget important dates, but it will help you take a long view of your year and prepare for what you have coming up. I do this in my iPhone, but I also got a paper planner recently as well. There’s something distinctly pleasurable about sitting down at my kitchen table and writing in all of the events, exercise classes and reminders to mail my rent check each week.