Stay Organized with These Handy Calendars

Keep your life in order by choosing the right calendar


October 19, 2021
Closeup of a calendar page
Go old school with these useful monthly calendars and planners. Pixabay

Calendars have been an invaluable tool for keeping track of time for not mere centuries but actually since prehistoric times. Though our ancestors 10,000 years ago probably had little need to keep track of dental appointments and birthdays of the mother-in-law, calendars were often used to keep track of holy days. As civilization advanced, so did its calendars, eventually settling on the model we use today that is determined by the Earth’s journey around the sun (allowing for a “leap day” every four years).

These days, smart phones and Internet-based calendars might seem to have replaced the written calendars we pin to our walls or lay on our desks, but there’s a familiar comfort to traditional planners where doodles and doctor appointments can co-mingle. If you’re looking to organize your life, here are several calendars we recommend.

2021 Monthly Planner/Calendar - 12-Month Planner with Tabs & Pocket & Label, Contacts and Passwords, 8.5" x 11", Thick Paper, Jan. - Dec. 2021, Twin-Wire Binding - Black by Artfan by Artfan

Plenty of extra features

This model’s thoughtful construction means you can fold it 360 degrees. Artfan

If you want to look professional, this monthly planner is a great place to start. The designers thought of everything, including the addition of two side pockets for stashing your loose items. Months are separated by tabs, and there are separate sections for notes, passwords, holidays, a yearly overview and more. Also, it’s made with thick, pure white paper that is resistant to bleeding.

2021 Calendar - 18 Monthly Wall Calendar with Thick Paper, 15" x 11.5", Jan. 2021 - Jun. 2022, Twin-Wire Binding + Hanging Hook + Ruled Blocks with Julian Date - Purple by Lemome Home

Room for note-taking

The pages here are 50 percent thicker than regular models to reduce leakage. Plus, it can double as a desk calendar. Lemome Home

If you’d prefer a utilitarian calendar over one featuring photos of kittens and puppies, this is your best bet. Its professional design lends itself well to the office cubicle, and the 15 x 11.5 inch pages leave you plenty of room to jot down daily notes.

Disney Dreams Collection by Thomas Kinkade Studios: 2021 Wall Calendar Calendar – Wall Calendar, July 7, 2020 by Thomas Kinkade

All your heroes

Each month features a full-color image, such as The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Lion King Return to Pride Rock or Mickey and Minnie in the Outback. Thomas Kinkade

Two American legends team up for this calendar. Thomas Kinkade – the famed “painter of light” – and the world of Walt Disney make for perfect partners in this wall calendar that will be a real conversation starter.

Fridge Calendar Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar

Won’t fall off

This surface can be used and erased countless times without any smudges. Volcanics

Pop quiz: Which appliance do you stare at the most each day? The refrigerator is my guess. And what should you actually be staring at every day? Yep, a calendar. It didn’t take Einstein to work out the symmetry of this magnetic calendar sized just right for your fridge, but here it is. The calendar is 16.6 x 12 x 0.1 inches, allowing plenty of room for writing down appointments, birthdays and more. Buyers rave that the magnetized surface is strong enough so there are no worries about slippage.

AT-A-GLANCE Desk Calendar 2020, Office Desk Pad Organizer, Desktop Agenda, Weekly Planner, Compact Note Pad for Home Office Supplies and Desk Decor, 21-3/4" x 17", Standard, Ruled Blocks (SK2400) by AT-A-GLANCE

Old school choice

Each month has ruled daily blocks along with space for doodles and notes. AT-A-GLANCE

I seriously believe I had this exact same desk calendar in the 1980s – proof enough that sometimes you don’t need to change a good thing. (I can still see where I would have penciled in my first Journey concert back in ’81!) High-quality paper keeps ink bleeding at bay, and 21 ¾ x 17 inch pages allow for plenty of notes. (It’s also useful as a desk pad to protect the surface of your desk.)

Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.


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