The Most Important Reasons Why You Should Use A Calendar at Home, at Work and Studying

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For those with work, study and family commitments, many people claim their calendar to be a day-to-day essential. Scheduling your day with a calendar will encourage more efficient time management and work productivity. Seeing your upcoming deadlines and your available time can help your busy schedule appear less daunting and more inviting.

Below we have our top reasons for using a calendar at home, work and while studying, for when “I’ll remember” just won’t cut it:

Why Calendars Are A Day-to-Day Essential:

Increased Productivity

When exam season is just around the corner there can be a lot of deadlines, revision and work from other subjects to complete. Therefore, with so much to remember an overwhelmed mind may need support to keep you on track.

Using a business calendar to physically see your work schedule will encourage better organisation of time and resources. Allowing you to keep up with what needs to be done and understand what is a priority.

As well as time efficiency, this will also help to keep you motivated throughout exam season. By setting aside dedicated time in your calendar it can ensure your work quality will not have to suffer.

Meeting Deadlines

With an increasing workload, work life for many people is almost impossible without the assistance of a calendar. Setting realistic timeframes to prepare for upcoming deadlines will leave you feeling less stressed and more in control.

Researchers at the University of Michigan found that when subjects attempted two or more things at once productivity decreased by 40%. Therefore, with multiple deadlines set for one date, business calendars improve organisation and time management.

Work-Life Balance

Having a physical space to schedule your work deadlines, family commitments and social invites can be useful when trying to juggle everything at once.

With last minute plans, having a calendar within arm’s reach can be more reliable than trying to remember if you have time to make it. Also reminding you to set aside an afternoon to give yourself a break from commitments.

Setting Goals

Seeing your deadlines so orderly can also motivate you to set yourself some goals. For example, you may set yourself a goal to get your university work completed within week one of term break. Then you can avoid the last minute panic and have time to relax and feel refreshed upon your return.

Or, if you have goals in your personal life, a calendar will prioritise your time, so you can achieve in both aspects of life. For example, if there’s a night class you wish to attend or family commitments you’re aiming to work on.

Family Life

As your children grow older and earn their independence, there can be so much going on in the family home. Everyone can have their own plans and commitments but you will still need a way to keep family members informed.

A family calendar on the fridge can be a shared organiser so everyone is updated on each other’s upcoming schedules. To be reassured that everyone is safe and where they need to be.

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Overall, as the saying goes, “If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Having a calendar at your work station or home can greatly improve your time management for an improved work-life balance. Your busy schedule will seem less overwhelming, less stressful and more manageable.

At Eight Days A Week we provide a reliable and professional service in four steps. After discussing your brief, you will receive a quote for your order, which we will then print in high quality and deliver right to your door.

For bespoke business and retail calendars, get in touch today to discuss your order.

Retail Calendars – What Will Be The Next Big Thing?

We’re coming up to the halfway point in the year and calendar production is well and truly in full swing, ready for the end of year demand. The quantities and numbers of titles appear to be holding up when compared to this time last year, but the testing time is yet to come when print orders for retail calendars will reflect actual sales in the shops.

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Here at Eight Days a Week, much of what we produce in the early part of the year is quite generic, i.e. cats, dogs, scenic and illustrative. Demand for these calendars is certainly not to be underestimated, but the calendar season is often defined by the success of the various licensed character, TV, film, pop music and celebrity titles on the retail market.

Without a doubt, a couple of seasons back, it was One Direction that came out as a clear winner in terms of calendar sales. In previous years, the same title has been taken by Robbie Williams, David Beckham, Kylie Minogue and Justin Timberlake. All of these retail calendars sold extremely well, but what will be the next big thing? Who will take the 2018 calendar crown?

The answer to that question is that there isn’t yet an answer; no one really knows or is prepared to predict. I think that one problem, if it is in fact a problem, is that there is so much choice these days and while some popular music and celebrity titles can do very well, the days when a single artist could command a 100,000+ print runs seem to be over.

It’s heartening in this age of the instant celebrity that two “oldies” still manage to sell calendars in reasonable numbers – Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley.

In December 2016, it was reported that 76 year old Sir Cliff Richard had topped the chart for 2017 calendar sales, pushing hugely popular British girl group Little Mix into second place and Grammy nominee Justin Bieber into third. Elvis Presley passed away in 1977, yet his calendars still sell year on year. Danilo, our long standing client published the first official Elvis calendar back in 1979, over 35 years ago!

Will there still be a Little Mix calendar in 20 years’ time? I’ll leave that one with you to decide.

Eight Days a Week have specialised in producing calendars for retail for many years, working with countless big name brands and have the capabilities to print up to 5 million calendars a year. For more information on our retail calendar services, call us today on 08432 898 074 or contact us online for a quote.