It’s important to view your month at a glance. Here’s why.
Ever walked through a new town blindfolded? I didn’t think so. Yet, so many of us do this with our time. We wander into a brand new month blind to the events that are coming up all around us. And it’s not pleasant bumping into and stumbling over those events that lay quietly in our calendars.
So today, I’m sharing four benefits to viewing your month at a glance. That way, you won’t be blind to the events that are coming up all around you.
1. Viewing your month at a glance means you can prepare better
One of the first benefits of viewing your month at a glance is that you can better prepare for the month ahead.
Being able to catch an overview of your calendar, your events, those special dates and occasions that are coming up on the horizon will give you a greater sense of calm. That’s because they won’t catch you unawares.
One of the best ways to view your month at a glance is on paper. And if you’re a die hard digital fan, here’s why I’m not a fan of a monthly overview in a digital calendar.
Paper vs Digital Calendar
In a calendar app for example, chances are you have multiple appointments and recurring activities happening all the time. And chances are that at some point, your digital calendar will require you to dive deeper into a date on your calendar if you want to know how many more events are on the same day. This means that when you’re viewing your month at a glance, you’re not getting a full picture of the important things that are happening.
Unless you have several colour-coded calendars that you can turn on and off and one of those calendars is called “Important events”, you won’t be able to see the flowers from the weeds. In other words, the ‘stand out’ events from the mundane.
On the other hand, with a paper calendar, you can’t fit every mundane task and event on it. So you’re forced to select which events are important enough to take up space on your physical monthly calendar. That means that when you view your monthly calendar at a glance, you’re genuinely looking at those events that you’ve acknowledged as being more important than others. Essentially, you’ve filtered out the weeds and are left with your key activities for the month ahead.
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2. You can see potential landmines
Another benefit to viewing your month at a glance is so that you can see potential landmines.
What's a landmine? Essentially, a landmine is where there is likely to be a problem with scheduling or upcoming activities.
For example; perhaps you have an important work deadline coming up in the third week of the month, but you notice that it's also the week that the kids are off school. And so, without a plan for childcare, your work might suffer. But catching these things before they blow up in your face can prevent a lot of casualties!
3. You can block off time for important things first
When you can view your entire month at a glance, you can more easily see the pockets of time where you have space for your personal projects or activities. And this makes it much easier to block off periods of time for your own priorities. So it's always a good idea to claim time for your priorities before your time has been taken up by other people's requests and agendas.
When you block off time in advance to prioritise your important items, it's easier to say 'no' to the things that might not be the best use of your time.
4. You can keep a better pulse on your goals
Another great benefit of viewing your month at a glance is that you can keep an eye on important deadlines. This is really useful when you are setting goals, for instance. Having deadlines for your milestones and goals on your monthly view makes it crystal clear to see what needs to be done by when. Meaning that you can see whether you're on task or whether timings need to be moved around.
For some reason, viewing tasks in a list with deadlines doesn't have the same effect on our brains in helping us to understand how near or far we are in time from those deadlines. But when we view the same tasks on a calendar, it's so much easier to how far away we are from them.
I hope you've found these points helpful so that, from now on, you won't be blind to the events that are coming up all around you.
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