I am a man of many lists. Too many items on lists and not enough action makes for an unfulfilled life. So, for the sake of organizational clarity, I’ve devised a simple way of streamlining the things that I would like to do on a monthly basis. I believe that mapping-out, filling-in, and then pinning-up this physical, year-long calendar can help a person strive and reach their goals while helping them better understand the things that they want to do and that can realistically be accomplish in life.* The 2015 Monthly Goals Calendar template is available as a PDF file here, or you can download it as a Microsoft Word document here. You can save this file (thus charting and comparing your goals and progress if you were to use such a calendar in the future), revise it whenever you deem necessary, and then print out a fresh copy to re-pin to your wall. I believe that seeing your goals for each month of the year laid out before your eyes is a good way to take charge of your time, and to then be very disappointed in yourself once you see that you haven’t done anything (speaking from experience).
As an example how you can use this list, below is an image of two months from my personal calendar. The category titles of my calendar below are geared toward my interests and objectives. Feel free tweak your calendar so as to accommodate your own personal goals (I have made the category titles of the calendars linked above as general as possible). Left out of the category titles are things such as developing habits like “go jogging” or “practice drawing,” objectives which one could incorporate into their monthly goals as regular and recurring items to be taken care of for months on end.
*Indirectly related to this is the notion of being able to read all the books I want to read before I die: If I read two books a month, and live to be one hundred, I’ll be able to read 1,680 books – give or take a couple hundred depending on my consistency, pace, and the length of the books. This doesn’t account for the possibility that my vision may go downhill and I won’t be able to read all, or perhaps I may able to upload countless books to my brain in a decade or two from now, or that more than likely I’ll be dead long before I reach one hundred (I’m basing this on the fact that I’m currently experiencing my mid-life crisis).