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Hello and welcome back!

There are many uses for a calendar

A calendar is usually used for specific days, such as birthdays and anniversaries. They are used for appointments; doctor’s, hair, pets, and invitations to weddings, showers, graduations and the like. You may also use them to keep track of a work schedule or when you have lessons of some sort. But, they can be used for so much more.

I use it as a journal.

The thing I use it for that I love the most is when I hear someone mention something in casual conversation about what they love. As soon as I come home I place what they love where there birthday or anniversary is located on the calendar. This makes gift giving so easy! And you know what you’re giving will be used and loved. I use it for my jobs and clients phone numbers. I also use it for when I need to R.S.V.P. or if I have a deadline, or when a book or DVD is due back to the library. Make-up usually goes bad quickly so I record when I purchased each new item. I use it to record when I need to pay a bill or send a payment, I record automated payments as well. I also use it for when I purchased a pair of glasses, a piece of furniture or an appliance, this cuts down on guessing. Sometimes I record the weather. I will record when someone is due for a procedure so I can give them my best wishes before it, and call them after. The one I use has an open margin along the side that I record things I need to remember for the following year. It could be when to schedule a yearly check-up, what I want to ask or tell a doctor, when I need to order or mail a package, when tickets for a concert will be available, or even how a recipe failed or succeeded. Or what someone loved or maybe something that I want to try in the following year. This works great as I update my new and next years calendar I go through the past year  and notice each note I wrote in each month.  I will even record when a symptom first began too, this is quiet helpful if something were to develop, for the doctor to know about. Since I am sensitive to caffeine I’ll record when I may need to abstain, such as Novocain (the day of none) or a mammogram (2 days prior) or when to fast for blood work. It can be used for milestones from an infant’s new abilities, weight or food intake, to how old someone is, to what anniversary a couple is celebrating. A calendar can keep track of vitamins or medicines, to see if they are working, are helpful, or are useful. A calendar can be used as a reminder to get invites out by a specific day or when to send out holiday cards. It can record balances you have saved for specific wants such as vacations, holiday’s or a purchase. It can keep track of your weight or inches. I record upcoming events, such as fairs, when a movie is coming out, or even when someone has a baby due. At the end of each year I get to look through it and see all the things I experienced! It gives me a fresh perspective for the upcoming year. Plus this frees me from any guesswork that may be off.

What I use

The calendar I use is approximately 8 x10 when closed. It is a thin book and I purchase it at the dollar store. It also has plastic sleeves inside the front and back cover. I use these to keep passwords, packing lists whether for an emergency or vacation, and business cards of people I may need to contact in the future, but don’t necessarily want in my phone contacts. Because my calendar is always with me I keep in the sleeve information to credit cards in case they were stolen such as the phone number in order to report it. I absolutely love my calendar & take it with me in a book bag. And because I record so much I look at it daily and that is what a calendar is for. If you don’t look at it, it is useless. Journals are great as well, but I use my calendar daily so I know the important things will be recorded there.

I hope this is helpful!

~Sandy

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