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Time Management: Monthly Calendars

Topics on Time Management:
You Vs. The Clock
Have-To's, Want-To's,
    and Goals
Make A Budget
Choose Priorities
Make A Daily Schedule
Make A Weekly Planner
Monthly Calendars
From the Mentors
IML Time Tips:
Chores and Duties
Sports and Activities
Top Time Wasters
A Monthly Calendar is more than just a chance to show off great pictures of Britney Spears, Shaquille O'Neal, or cuddly kittens. It's a great way to keep track of important dates and deadlines. By seeing an entire month at once, you can get a good sense of what's coming up without having to flip too many pages.

Here's how to make the most out of a Monthly Calendar:

  1. Buy or make one for your wall or desk, with really big daily squares where you can write in important dates.

  2. Get in the habit of writing every important deadline or event, from school project due dates to club meetings and sports games.

  3. Make important dates as visible as possible, so they'll catch your eye. Try using colored markers, stickers, or magazine photos to make the calendar squares pop out.

  4. Mark "warning dates" for really important events. For example, if you have a big science project due on a certain day, don't just mark that day. Count back a week, and then mark that calendar square with "ONE WEEK UNTIL SCIENCE PROJECT DUE!!" This can be especially helpful when something is scheduled for the beginning of a month, because you could flip to the new month page and be taken by surprise by what's waiting there. If you make yourself some warning squares, things won't sneak up on you.

Next: some advice and stories From The Mentors.


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