In 2012, I was overwhelmed by my schedule. I felt like life was pulling me in a million different directions and I was failing in small ways on everything. My days felt scattered, my months a mess.
I’ve always felt that Tolkien best described this feeling when Bilbo said, “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”
After searching for a good solution, I started using an awesome calendar a guy named Jesse Phillips designed.
I loved the calendar for three reasons:
1. If you plan out when and where you’ll work on your goals you double the odds of actually accomplishing them.
That’s what scientists discovered when they studied two groups of students at the University of Konstanz in Germany. The group who wrote down when and where they would work on their goals had a 71% success rate. The group who didn’t had a 32% success rate. There are a lot of ways to plan “where” you’ll work, but deep down we all know the answer is “in a hipster coffee shop that is highly instagrammable.” The best way I’ve learned to plan “when” is with a calendar. (Research via the book “Succeed” by Heidi Grant Halvorson Ph.D.)
2. The calendar helps reduce the stress in our house.
When Jenny and I can take a big, year long look at where we’re headed, it’s a lot easier to get on the same page. For the last three years we’ve mounted the calendar and used it as our base for the adventures we’ve launched. (You can see a photo of Jenny putting down dates on this year’s calendar below. We mounted it to a piece of corkboard with blue painter’s tape so that we can carry it around the house as we discuss the year.)
3.They are big and beautiful.
I’ve found I’m a lot more likely to use something if it’s well designed. Who would have guessed that items with form and function are easier to use? Go figure! The calendars are 25” x 36” and are absolutely beautiful.
This year, for the first time ever, I partnered with Jesse to create a special Do Over Year calendar. In addition to the awesome design Jesse has perfected there are 12 special micro challenges/encouragements from me, custom tailored to each month.
I don’t casually roll out products. I used this one three years before I thought about creating my own version and I honestly think you’ll love it.
Click here to buy one!
Here’s to a brave 2015.
Here’s to your own Do Over Year!