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This calendar shows the whole year at once. It also keeps the whole run of weeks continuous with the months marked out by slight gaps and different colors. The weeks are also numbered in the middle.

That's the basic description of what you see here. The reason for it is that the whole idea of visually breaking time into months has never made a lot of sense to me. Does time keep ending and starting over again? Not really. The week will still be a whole week whether it's in the middle of a month or at the end. So keep those weeks together.

Breaking up calendars into months is more useful for showing lots of pictures than planning ahead. Distant events are hidden away behind pictures of cats or natural wonders or Warhol prints or whatever else is on there. Putting everything on one poster lets you see how far away some event is and if you need to start getting ready for it.

Another bit of help for planning is the week count. Subtract one number from another and you'll know how long you have until something happens

As an extra bonus, the continuous style also lets you mark off days in a chain as was described by Jerry Seinfeld has described. Keep doing something every day, mark off the days with Xes and you'll soon see a solid chain of success.
EvilDefman1 year ago
You know, it would be a great idea if there's a SOFTWARE that can do this, with plans, long term planning, PIMs, etc... and easy to trace how one's success or fails is shown on the screen, so easy to track.

A stand alone software, a bit like portable, would be easier, no need to install anything fancy, just tick off completed days, etc and then see overview of the year, and see how the picture of one's completioin of events, projects, etc... Projects, Events, etc Something like that.

Great idea, man. Now I'm wanting the software! Hahah. For now, it's paper and such. No worries!
fungus amungus (author)  EvilDefman1 year ago
I never did link it here, but this became a successful Kickstarter project and I'm selling the extra copies at supamoto.co. It's a lot nicer to write on one piece of paper instead of several taped together. Although that is a very affordable option :)

I also played around with the idea of an app version of this, but that is a much bigger undertaking as I have no clue about mobile app development.
EvilDefman1 year ago
Made one from scratch in a couple of hours, in OpenOffice Spreadsheet. Tough one is to make it printable so it'll join up on A4 sheets. The hard part is the colour, trying to make it as PASTEL as possible so as not to waste good inks.

Still, great idea, man, this is a great way to be MORE productive. Hence I put in the time figuring out how to make one in the spreadsheet.

Kudos to Fungus Amungus and Jerry Seinfeld for this idea for productive work!
jfox06032 years ago
I'd love to see a version that interfaces with Google Calendar...pull the events defined into this format for printing
fungus amungus (author)  jfox06032 years ago
As an iOS app, that would be awesome. On my Nexus 7 it handles the calendar in this same continuous way, but the look of it is too hard to read at a glance. There's no distinction between months, for example.
NiallC2 years ago
Would you be able to provide a printable version of the calendar in PDF?

Thanks very much if you can
fungus amungus (author)  NiallC2 years ago
OK, did it. You can print the rest of 2012 with that PDF
Thank you so much. You're the best
fungus amungus (author)  NiallC2 years ago
I will in the near future. I'm working on redoing the calendar and am thinking about doing a Kickstarter project to print a run of 2013 calendar posters in a larger size, 36" x 24".

When I get that together, hopefully soon, I'll also put together a multi-page PDF for the rest of 2012 so people can see if they like it.
Just an Idea to improve finding events that occcur on certain dates(and to save room0 one might keep a list of numbers that correspond to events happening later in the year, and write the numbers in the date box, and the list of number-events at its side.
fungus amungus (author)  HisDivineShadow2 years ago
OK, you lost me there. Not sure what you mean.
My intention is that, since the space for writing events on the calendar, one could give each event a 3 digit coded number. The number would be what would be written on the day. out to the side is a list of events, and their numerical correspondents...
fungus amungus (author)  HisDivineShadow2 years ago
Gotcha. I like drawing lines out to the margin as well.
ok, now you have lost me....
Ninzerbean2 years ago
And I always miss people's birthdays that are one the first of the month, great idea.
fungus amungus (author)  Ninzerbean2 years ago
Yes! This has happened to me. Especially bad when you don't flip the page over on the first of each month.
crackHacker2 years ago
a numbering system i used before was the julian date system. this system is the last 2 digits of the year and the 3 digit of the day of the year. 1 Jan 12 would be 12001 and you increment by 1 from there up to 12365 being 31 dec 12 or close to it of course.

just another way to seperate how long between 2 dates.
fungus amungus (author)  crackHacker2 years ago
Yeah, I've seen calendars with the 3-digit date in each date box. Usually in the notebook style daily planners. For me, though, the weeks are more important for long-term planning than days.
seamster2 years ago
Very nice. I work in event/sports/activity planning professionally, and this is the only way to go as far as visual wall calendars. Aside from the visually motivating mark-off-days-in-a-chain idea (which is excellent), this layout just helps you get a better feel for the flow of time and dates in general.

In case people are wondering, I use Excel to make all of my calendars. It's easy and quick and most people have it.
fungus amungus (author)  seamster2 years ago
Nice, this would have gone a LOT faster in excel. Super basic functions (+1) and starter dates.
Great idea. I like it. Thanks. Since this is "instructables" would you mind instructing us a little? Consider this: Step 1, Copy. Step 2, Print. :) Thanks again, I have been following you for a while and I think you have some cool ideas.
fungus amungus (author)  burntapplepie2 years ago
The instructions for making this involves lots of little steps in Illustrator. I didn't include those because the main point here is how the calendar is done overall instead of the creation.
Can you include the template?
fungus amungus (author)  YellowBlu Co.2 years ago
Not now, since it is still pretty rough for customizing. Soon I'll put up a few files for the 2nd half of the year, though.
nruegs2 years ago
I think this is a fantastic idea for events that are far away and need a lot of planning, so you can set intermediate goals to achieve on your way to the final one. I don't think it would work as a person's only calendar, because the days would quickly get clogged; it doesn't look like there is space for much more than one event a day. Perhaps one could use multiple calendars like this, one for certain categories of events("SCHOOL", "FAMILY" "WILDCARD", etc.)

I like that the unit of the calendar is the week, with minimal attention paid to the actual month. As a student my life rotates around 10-week quarters(soon 14-week semesters), so this is a great idea.
fungus amungus (author)  nruegs2 years ago
Yeah, it would need to be a huge print to get everything. This is more for long-term planning, major events, and marking off progress.

In terms of a calendar with all of the small events that fill a day, I use my phone for that.