Throughout history, each country and religion has used a lunar, solar, or lunisolar calendar. We’re basically all over the place when it comes to tracking time!

Did you know?

The term “epact” is used to describe the 11 day difference in time between a lunar year and a solar year.

Ancient Calendars Of The World

Take a trip back in time to learn the fascinating history of calendars!

Planners

Planners

If you want a portable paper calendar, you can’t go wrong with a planner! There are a ton of stylish options out there, and many of them are small enough to fit in your bag or pocket.

Wall Calendars

Wall Calendars

Hang up a wall calendar at home and at the office. There are a ton of fun themes you can choose from like cute puppies, different landscapes, cool cars, or screenshots from your favorite movie.

Desktop Calendars

Desktop Calendars

Those who spend a lot of time writing, typing, or working on projects would benefit from using a desktop calendar. Your schedule can be right underneath your keyboard and mouse. Take a peek every morning after you’ve made your coffee!

Digital Calendars

Digital Calendars

70% of adults rely on the digital calendar that’s built into their phones. They may also use calendar apps, Apple calendar, or Google calendar to keep track of dates. Phone calendars are handy since you can set alerts that notify you about upcoming events.

Magnetic Calendars

Magnetic Calendars

Do you spend a lot of time in the fridge? Stick a magnetic calendar on the door. It will be easy to remember to look at it every day since it’s in the kitchen.

Printable Calendars

Printable Calendars

Let’s say you’re part of a chamber of commerce, and you want to hang up a new calendar every month. Download printable calendars that you can pin onto a bulletin board. Use it to write upcoming luncheons, networking events, and other important dates for all of your members to view at their leisure.

Dry Erase Calendars

Dry Erase Calendars

Go green and waste less paper by investing in a dry erase calendar. All you have to do is use dry erase markers, and wipe it clean when it’s to write something new. You can use this kind of calendar year after year, which saves you money in the long run.

Photo Calendars

Photo Calendars

Your awkward family photos can last for an entire year! Choose your favorite pics, and try to use one that makes sense for each month, such as your kids playing in the snow for January, gardening for April, and a family dinner for November. Photo calendars make particularly great gifts for grandparents!

Coloring Calendars

Coloring Calendars

Grab colored pencils and crayons, and get to work on a coloring calendar. These calendars are a great way to show off your creativity since you can customize one that’s unique to you! This would also be a fun project to do at the beginning of the year at your school or daycare.

Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars

Christmas can’t come soon enough! Track every day until the holiday by using an advent calendar. The best part is you get to eat a new tasty chocolate or treat, or unwrap some other surprise every single day.

Promotional Calendars

Promotional Calendars

Business owners can use promotional calendars to advertise. Send them out via direct mail, hand them out as freebies at a trade show, or sell them in your store’s gift shop. The more creative and fun the calendars are, the better!

Holidays

Holidays

There are 10 federal holidays in the United States alone, and that’s not even counting other notable dates like Mother’s Day, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day. Circle these dates on your calendar with a colorful pen so you remember to get a gift, prepare a meal, or buy a bunch of candy.

Birthdays

Birthdays

An article in The New York Post found that as many as 35% of people have had their significant other forget their birthday. This doesn’t feel good for anyone involved, so write birthdays on a calendar and you won’t have to worry about this serious party foul!

Special Occasions

Special Occasions

Do you have a high school graduation, family reunion, party, or wedding coming up? Mark it on your calendar! Invitations can get lost in a pile of bills and other mail, so having the event written down will help you better remember.

Concerts & Plays

Concerts & Plays

Sometimes we have to buy tickets to a concert, music festival, or Broadway show months in advance. You might also need to book a hotel or flight for the show. It helps to write the event on your calendar so you have time to iron out all the details.

Appointments

Appointments

According to Everyday Health, new patients may have to wait 18 days before they can make an appointment. Sometimes it even takes weeks or months to get in to see a doctor or dentist! Be sure you don’t overlook that future appointment by jotting it down on your calendar. You can also write down other appointments like pedicures, massages, and haircuts.

Meetings

Meetings

No matter how many Post-it Notes you use, it can be easy to overlook a meeting at work. Write it down in your calendar as soon as possible. You can then be prepared with good notes and any presentations you need to create.

Due Dates

Due Dates

Whether you write freelance articles for a magazine, need to pay your bills, want to return library books on time, or are a student with a ton of essays to complete, you should use a calendar to keep up with all your due dates. It could help you stop procrastinating if you know the deadline is right around the corner.

Expiration Dates

Expiration Dates

You should know when your credit cards or driver’s license need to be renewed. If you see the date on your calendar, you can be proactive and call the bank or DMV before it’s too late. You can also use a calendar for other expiration dates like warranties, cable contracts, and even when the milk expires!

Jury Duty & Voting Dates

Jury Duty & Voting Dates

If you have some kind of obligation coming up, like jury duty, court, or voting, it’s not a bad idea to write it down on a calendar. Now you don’t have to worry about missing out on anything important.

Auto Care

Auto Care

You’re supposed to get an oil change every 3 months and rotate your tires every 6 months. These are easy tasks to overlook, so do yourself a favor, and put them on your calendar so you don’t forget. Your car will thank you!

Classes

Classes

It can be a geography class you’re taking at a community college or a new yoga class you want to try. Either way, you should keep track of all of your classes by writing them down on a calendar. Just make sure to wake up when you hear the alarm!

Practices & Games

Practices & Games

Maybe you play on a weekly co-ed softball team or your kids play basketball or soccer. Keep up with practices and games by jotting them down on a calendar. You’ll never let the team down by not showing up!

Meal Prep

Meal Prep

Cooking after work can seem like a daunting task, which is why 60% of adults in the United States order delivery or takeout at least once a week. You’ll eat healthier and have more energy if you create a weekly meal calendar. Dedicate some time on a Sunday, jot down meals for each day, and do all your cooking ahead of time.

Vacations

Vacations

Calendars don’t have to be all business! Get excited about an upcoming trip by putting it in your calendar. You can then count down the days until it’s finally time to go on your vacation!

Increasing Productivity

Increasing Productivity

Do you struggle to keep up with your workload? Get into the habit of maintaining and using a calendar. You won’t overlook due dates, meetings, and other important tasks.

Staying Organized

Staying Organized

Everyone knows at least one person who always seems frazzled. That person likely needs to start using a calendar, whether it’s a pocket planner or the one on their phone. This simple act can make all the difference in keeping you more organized.

Improving Relationships

Improving Relationships

Your grandma, husband, or best friend would be devastated if you forgot their birthday. A calendar helps you show up to events that matter the most to the people you love. Plus, you’ll have more time to look for the perfect gift!

Time Management

Time Management

It’s important to know how much is on your plate before you agree to any other commitments. That’s the beauty of a calendar! Everything you have going on is all right there, so you can say “no” to things that don’t fit into your schedule.

Easing Stress & Anxiety

Easing Stress & Anxiety

Feeling rushed, late, or in the dark can cause anyone to feel stressed out. This anxiety can be significantly reduced if you start using a calendar. You won’t forget the things that matter, and your future self will be more at ease as a result.

Keeping Up With Health & Wellness

Keeping Up With Health & Wellness

Ultimately, a little reminder can be all it takes to take better care of yourself. You can use a calendar to write down healthy meals for the week, doctor’s and dentist appointments, or an upcoming yoga class that you want to try. Some people even use a calendar to record “me” time.

Achieving Your Goals

Achieving Your Goals

A study published in Forbes found that people who write down their goals are 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to accomplish them. Give yourself a deadline, write it in your calendar, and stick to it. Your dreams may come true!

Seeking Out New Experiences

Seeking Out New Experiences

Maybe you stumbled upon a cool food festival you want to check out, or there’s a new movie coming out that you can’t wait to see. Jot these things down a calendar so you can remember.

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

Wouldn’t you be sad if you missed out on a fun party simply because you forgot about it? You’d have all sorts of regrets while looking at the social media pics! Avoid that “FOMO” feeling by using a calendar.


The Bottom Line

Some people use the Gregorian calendar, while others rely on the Ethiopian calendar. Some use a Jewish calendar, while others swear by the Hijiri calendar. No matter what, we can all get a ton of use from a calendar. Run out and get one that you use every day. You’ll be happy to have a way to stay right on schedule!

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