Uncalendar is the best system for setting and achieving goals I've ever seen. The book helps you think about and organize your goals, break them into do-able tasks, and get them down on paper. Then, the crucial thing happens: it helps you figure out how to work your goal-tasks into your daily and weekly schedules. There's even plenty of space to record your progress, which is crucial for achieving your goals.
I've reviewed the Full-Size Uncalendar Lifestyle (click here to see review) but I think the Half-Size Uncalendar layout is different enough to merit its own review.
The Full-Size Uncalendar has 8 1/2 x 11 inch pages, and the Half-Size pages are half that size for greater portability. The 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch book is perfect for carrying in your bag or backpack while still having lots of space to write on the pages.
Uncalendar planners have undated weekly and monthly pages so you can start anytime. This is great for people whose "year" starts in June or October or some weird time. It allows you to start your planner at the beginning of a project and use the planner for the duration of that project to have the entire timeline all together. Something I've never done but thought of is starting a new Uncalendar on my birthday and having that entire year together in one book. Also since the pages are undated, you can use the planner only when you need it so you don't waste pages when you are on vacation.
Click on the photo below to read the first page of the Uncalendar to get an idea of the philosophy behind the system:
In addition to the pages I've shown below of the layouts, there are several pages of tips and advice on how to adapt and use the pages to suit your needs best; setting goals; managing tasks; motivating yourself; and daily reminders to help you in the categories of Diet and Exercise, Family and Friends, and Career and Work. The tone of the book is very motivational and friendly.
The Day-Week section has the weekly planning spreads. Below is the weekly layout, which is different from the Full size layout (where the weekdays are columns and the weekend days below, click here to see image). You can click on any of the photos below to see a larger view.
The right page has the weekly schedule with day spaces, and at the top of the page is space to write the main goals for the week. Each day's space has a highlighted line at the top to note the major event of the day, and a green line at the bottom for daily totals (expenses, exercise, etc.), meal planning, or anything else you want to highlight for the day. There is a box at the beginning of each line to note appointment times or to check off items completed.
The Month-Goals section has goal-setting pages and monthly calendars. Below are the Goals-Setting and Monthly Planning pages to guide you in setting your larger Lifestyle goals and then breaking them into do-able tasks. (There is more information on how to do this written in the Uncalendar pages). Also you can check out the Uncalendar's Training Room website for more advice on how to use the pages to set your goals.
In addition to the weekly and monthly calendars, there are two pages like the one below for annual planning for current and future years:
The Notes-Techs section has twelve of these two-page spreads for notes, graphs and reminders. (The Uncalendar Lifestyle Pro planners in the 3 ring binders have twice as many Notes pages, and A-Z tabs for contacts.) I like to use a two-page spread each month for my monthly goals and monthly reviews. Click on the photo to see a larger view so you can see the columns for blocking notes, numbered lines, and graph for charts. This structure is great for organizing notes.
Note Taker's Delight.)
The Data section has a quick-reference A-Z page, graphs and charts for reference.
You can purchase the Half-Size Uncalendar Lifestyle (with a variety of cover colors) at the Uncalendar website (click here to go directly to the product page).
You can see the entire line of Uncalendar products at www.uncalendar.com. Don't miss their Customer Comments, they are very inspiring!
You can see my post about how I use this Half-Size Uncalendar here at Time For New Goals!
If you find this system interesting but need more space to write, check out my review of the Full-Size Uncalendar here.
To read about how the Uncalendar system can help you set and achieve your goals, read my post Secrets of Success.
And whether you are interested in the Uncalendar or not, be sure to look through The Training Room. It's completely free, and has loads of tips for goal setting, managing people, projects and finances, and other generally motivating advice. I like to go there every now and then to recharge.
Got goals? Get an Uncalendar!