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1 simple way to help double the goals you accomplish in 2015.

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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.)

Jenny Photo

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!

Jon

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17 Comments

  1. Ordered mine! Looks great!

  2. I don’t usually use large calendars, but since I started my blog and am getting ready to start a podcast I have been really needing a tool like this. I will definitely be buying one soon. Well played, Jon, well played.

  3. Barbara

    The last few weeks I’m looking for this kind of calendar (most are divided, one side jan – jun/jul-dec)

    Thank you for your suggestion.

  4. Bob

    We use this for our small church as our main calendar. It makes sure that we don’t double book things so we can continue to work as a team.

    And, Jesse is really fantastic in the customer support department!

  5. Cara

    Wow, that is so bizarre. I randomly thought of this calendar this morning, remembering for some reason your post the other year about it. I bought two (one for my, one for a Christmas present for my husband) about half an hour ago.

  6. Wonderful calendar Jon! I like the elimination of gaps between months – I tend to think on a week-by-week basis and always get messed up between months because it looks like two partial weeks on the calendar.

    Are you going to provide any additional tips or calendar planning ideas for those of us who purchase the calendar (hint hint)?

    Thanks,
    Steve

  7. Tom

    Ordered 2 calendars and was inspired to start working on my New Years Resolutions, http://www.smartcreativebusiness.com/2014/11/taking-new-years-resolutions-seriously-year/

  8. Absolutely love it. Ordered and can’t wait to show 2015 who’s boss!

  9. William

    The only sad thing about this calendar is that yours doesn’t come in dry erase!

  10. I’m getting one this year. I tried making my own full year calendar last year. It was horrible. It’s in a landfill somewhere. This is well worth the price.

  11. This is awesome, and exactly what I was looking for, but didn’t even know it. I’ve been needing a way to plan out an entire year, and this looks like just the thing.

    I feel like iCal gets too cluttered with day-to-day type things. This is perfect for keeping first things first!

    Thanks Jon!

  12. rhonda

    I just ordered one for my hubby. He has a dream of writing a book…he’s not a writer…

  13. Allen

    This is a great idea. I use a giant wall calendar in my office to be able to always have a big picture view. My biggest complaint about the calendar I have used for the last several years is that the next years calendar is not available until until late in the year. So when would the 2016 edition of this calendar come out? If the answer is “By July 2015” then you will have a customer for life.

  14. Sound advice. Thanks Jon. I’ll check out the calendar.

  15. Jon,

    Thanks for the reminder. I made mine into a separate notebook with my seven major goals listed on one page and then made a corresponding page per major goal.

    This way I can track my over all ideas and keep up with the ongoing progress. On the computer I have pages to match which are smaller increments and dated times for reaching the steps.

    I like the bigger wall model and may get one for later to keep me updated.

    You do keep us on our toes!

    Have you created a section for sharing goals so people stay accountable to someone else?

    Your friend – Jerry Stumpf