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The 100 year Life Calendar "Little Boxes"

A calender for peope who love life so much, they want to see all days they have.

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This is Kalenderkind’s Life Calendar “Little Boxes”. It is the result of 20 years of thinking about what the perfect poster calendar would have to look like in order to be a truthfully useful tool to understand and organise one’s life. It came out big (119×84 cm or 47″x33”) and some say, intimidatingly truthful. And it has to be, because it shows every single day you have. It is handmade for people who love life so much, they want to see each and every of those days by itself as well as within its organic place in a lifetime. Only then can real life planning begin.


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The research

When thinking about good calendars, the question comes up what actually makes a good life. Here are a few ideas on how successful people organise their life:

Jerry Seinfeld and John Grishham

use a productivity chart As Jerry Seinfeld explains:

“The way to be a better comic is to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes is to write every day. Get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step is to get a red magic marker. For each day that you do your writing, you get to put a red X over that day. After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get to a few weeks. Your only job is to not break the chain”

You can use this Life Calendar to cross off your days like Jerry Seinefeld. No other calendar lets you see your efforts of multiple years at one glance.

Laura Vanderkam

author of a new mini e-book, “What the Most Successful People Do at Work.” says:

“People lament that they’d love to have strategic-thinking time, but they’re just too busy!” She suggests planning over different time frames. For instance, at the end of the year, you could plan your goals for the year, and then, in weekly planning sessions, make sure you are steadily working toward those goals.”

With the Life Calendar, you can enter yearly or even multi yearly goals, then add planning sessions on individual days in that year. No other calendar gives you this complete overview over the planing of that and all other years without clicking or scrolling, even without electricity or a computer.

Sara Blakelynis

an American billionaire businesswoman and founder of Spanx, an American intimate apparel company. In 2012, Blakely was named in Time magazine’s “Time 100” annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She advises:

“You’ve got to visualise where you’re headed and be very clear about it. Take a polaroid picture of where you’re going to be in a few years.”

With this calendar you can add multiyear milestones and write your mental image right next to them. Simply by having the calendar on your wall for you to see every day will keep you motivated like hell to make good use of every one of your 1200 months to work towards those images.


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Good calendars are a bit like self help books or seminars. But usually they end up forgotten or we stop using them after a while. This calendar tries to correct where they fail.

  • They don’t track your work and your progress over the minimum 2-3 years it takes to develop an important project. This calendar shows more than just a year or a handful. It shows all years you have. Life planning doesn’t get more real than this.
  • They don’t keep you motivated every day because you don’t see the end goal. This calendar shows you exactly where you want to be in five or twenty-five years , how much time you have left and where you are right now.
  • They don’t keep you on track while jobs, cities, relationships change. This calendar lets you mark those up and downs without loosing site of the big picture of where these changes should take you.
  • They always start new after a month or a year. This might be an advantage for having a clean slate with bad habits, but not for reaching your long term goals. This calendar shows your life as an ongoing stream, not a sequence of disconnected phases.
  • They usually end up forgotten and collect dust in a bookshelf somewhere. Since this calendar stays on your feature wall, it is always in sight. It is also dust free.
  • They usually contain lots of instructions, have boxes to fill out and tasks to do, which take the wind out of every longterm planning. This Calendar is barebones simple. It only shows you what’s necessary to get motivated every day by your own goals you have added. Nothing more.

 


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Even in the worst times, when you have no friends and nobody to turn to, this calendar will come to the rescue and show you where you need to go.

Imagine there is a job change you are unsure about, or your friend asks you to move into a different city. How many times have you stood in front of a decision like this and wondered what the right move was. Usually we take chances because we are curious if maybe this time we get lucky and things will turn out the way we want. But then they usually don’t. Now instead of gambling, you can stand in front of this calendar and measure the new option against your long term goals on the calendar. It becomes very clear if the two go into the same direction or not. And if not, you know for sure that the choice is not right for you, no matter what all others say.


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