This project took me a few hours one morning, but was totally worth it as it will help me keep track of a year which started out with absolutely no fixed plans at all! Since I’m starting a job soon that has a rota of irregular hours including weekends, plus I have my own freelance projects to map around this (and hopefully a few trips!), keeping track of everything was getting a bit chaotic and I already managed to double-book myself a couple of times. Organisation time.

I got hold of a diary which had a couple of pages mapping out 2014 to guide me, a large A1-ish sized piece of paper and a ruler. The first step was the most time-consuming – I decided that I wanted the months in columns so I measured the width of the page, took off the margins I wanted at the edges and between each column, and then divided the remaining number to establish the width of columns before pencilling the columns in.
My paper size worked out pretty conveniently for the rows – I simply measured out 1cm rows down the page in pencil. The slightly complicated part was making sure all the weekends matched up across the page – which affected how far down the page the month would start. I used the diary’s format to help me with this! Finally for this stage I drew in outlines of the rows I needed for each month. I had two pages (6 months on each) so the second page was easier… I traced over the first, altering the number of rows for the months of course.

Tricky part over… time to add stickers and month titles! Or draw/paint them if you’re feeling a bit more creative.

Oh, and add the dates inside the boxes. Hopefully you got the right number of days for each month!

Since I managed to get the weekends to line up across the pages, I painted in the weekend rows to make them stand out and give it a bit of structure. Clever stuff eh?

And finally as an afterthought, I felt-penned an arrow onto a piece of card and stuck it on with blue-tack, so I can see where I am in the year (when I blearily wake up in the morning and don’t know what day it is, this helps). All that remains is to pen in your plans… or make some plans maybe. I love this chart already… I can see when I have free blocks of time between work, and hopefully make the most of it!

Totally exhausting, says Truffle.
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