When I first moved from a paper to an online calendar I would just stare at it, thinking, “Well this isn’t so creative or fun at all.”
Not nearly as nice as my paper calendar. My paper calendar had style and panache! This…this was really boring and not easy on the eyes.
But then I discovered color! I began to color code my digital calendar. I separated all the different areas of my life into different calendars and chose a color for each one. Green for finances, pink for health, grey for work, red for household, and yellow for family. Beautiful! And colorful. I could see exactly where I was spending my time and how much. I could easily imagine what I had planned that week just by remember the colors. I don’t always remember the exact appointment, but I remember that I have a family function this week or I blocked out the day to do some work around the house. Although I don’t know what the exact details of the week or the month look like, I have a general sense of what I am doing.
Plus, I can use the appointments to add details. This is what I call “rich appointments.” In the repeating appointments (and there are a lot) I include things that I regularly need to do around the house. Water the plants, laundry, take out all the garbage, and change the sheets and towels. I block out a big red appointment for household and list out all the stuff that needs to get done. Things that should get done each week. My finances are the same – a big green one hour or 30-minute block of time to check bank accounts, check investments, check the credit cards. But everything is in there. Everything has a color. And the craziest part is that I can see very clearly how much time areas of my life are getting. I can begin to see just how much time I have allocated to the household, or the family, or taking time to check in with my finances.
Where does all your attention go? Give this technique a try, and start seeing in full color for yourself!
Originally published at stacymccormack.com