(A) Monthly Log: Requirements
A monthly log in my opinion should meet two requirements: maximum overview and easy creation:
1. Create an overview of the entire month for
- the structure of the month: number of days, weeks including Week numbers
- Tasks with due dates
- Tasks to be done this month generally (yearly repetitive tasks)
- tracking habits
- Quarterly goals: weekly milestones
- projects relevant to the current month
2. Easy creation
- too playful usually takes up too much space
- needs artistic skills
- Uses energy unnecessarily – therefore costs overcoming when putting on
(B) History of Origin
1. First attempt as a classic tabular calendar sheet: Every day in a box
- I had to experiment so that all fields were the same size
- has cost a lot of space: 8×6 boxes to accommodate all daily appointments in one box
- the boxes should have been higher so that more would fit in a day box
Conclusion: I need more rows for a day – but this would have reached the limits of the notebook. But – a double page is wider than a page length.
2. Second attempt: list
The basis was the Ryder Carroll system as described in his book: A monthly calendar as list – very easy to create.
My learnings led to two modifications:
– Modification 1: I need more space for the calendar: I put the calendar on a double page.
- Modification 2: I need space für tasks, monthly goals + habit tracker. A Dutch Door would serve to create additional space for this.
After a few weeks of practice this solution feels very comfortable. I do not need an weekly spread. Using a GTD-context list created by my weekly review i plan my days only with the help of mine monthly log and feel great to have everything under control.