NeuYear Calendar

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I received a NeuYear Calendar a few weeks ago. Basically it’s a large planning calendar that seeks to be stylish & innovative. They started their idea on Kickstarter over a year ago, and this is the finished product. According to their site, the NeuYear Calendar unique in the following ways:

It’s big: It shows you the whole year at once. You no longer have to page through a traditional calendar (or on your small computer screen), to see the whole year. You can layout your goals for the year, set future deadlines, and clearly see the passing of time. Also, it has bigger squares so you can write more.

It has no gaps: Unlike other calendars, this one has no space between months. The philosophy here is that the week is the currency we think in, so this calendar focuses on presenting 52 weeks, rather than 12 months. This feature helps you plan across months easily, and see clearly the distance/days between any two dates in the year. It will also motivate you to see weeks passing, deadlines approaching and goals accomplished.

It’s beautiful: It combines functional features with brilliant aesthetics. In Making Ideas Happen, author Scott Belsky says “the design of your productivity tools will affect how eager you are to use them. Attraction often breeds commitment.” You’ll be eager to use this attractive calendar.

It’s two in one: Not only all this, but it’s 2 calendars in 1! It has a horizontal orientation that fits perfectly above your desk, or you can flip it over for a vertical orientation that fits perfectly on your door.

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I got mine up in my office, but haven’t started using it yet. But I think it could be a helpful wall calendar to have hanging to get myself organized for 2013. They have a normal paper version, or you can get the dry-erase version (which I did).

You can order one by clicking here, or you can be one of the first 5 commenters who says GIVE ME ONE and you’ll get a free one shipped to you!  The contest is over, and we actually gave away 10 NeuYear calendars!

If you do order one today, you can use the discount code “Pomomusings” by January 31, 2013 to get a 30% discount.

Creating a Moleskine PDA

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I love organizing things – creating more organization in my life. When I was in Idaho, I used an old Palm Pilot for awhile, and then used a Sony CLIÉ for awhile. So I love to be organized and I also love the newest tech gadgets. However, there is a movement of folks who are striving to get back to a paper-based system, one that helps enable creativity for some. It’s based on a book called Getting Things Done and the movement is called GTD. Many people have “hacked” Moleskines to be their GTD-devices, their PDAs. My friend Wess wrote about how he organized his Student GTD version here and I was intrigued. I love Moleskines – I have a few, and I use a couple of the super-thin ones for notes sometimes, but it would be nice to have it all in one place.

To be honest, after reading this and this, I became more confused. It seems there is definitely a learning curve within this community – some lingo that is required. But Wess encouraged me to just keep on keepin’ on and I put together a little GTD Moleskine of my own (pictured above). You can see what supplies I used here – but it did include my favorite pen, the Zebra F-402.

Sarah thinks I’ll last maybe 3 weeks using this system – I’m giving myself till the end of the semester. I think I can do it – and hopefully it will help me stay a bit more organized.