Like to-do lists, calendars help provide the illusion of
organization and control over tasks and commitments. But not just any calendar
will do. At least it's my theory that if you don't care about the style and
layout of the calendaring software or calendar format you use to track events,
you probably don't need a calendar at all. Maybe it's a matter of taste or
aesthetics, maybe it's a touch of OCD. But if you're a calendar sort of person,you have some decent options heading into the new year.
Word has always been deficient in offering useful built-in calendar
templates—heavy on ugly design elements and light on functionality. So I built
this little bare-bones
template that automatically inserts the dates for you depending on the
number of days you specify. There's room for entering your appointments and
activities. And not much else. It's plain but practical. (You can stick alittle clipart in there, if you feel the urge. Snowflake for January, whatever.)
Then you have the slicker choices, courtesy of Microsoft
Office Online. These are prefab
calendars for various applications and purposes. Sixty-four of them,
altogether. There are a bunch of academic calendars in Visio, Excel, Publisher,
and Word format. Calendars by the month, year, and multiyear. Portrait,
landscape, five days, seven. A variety of incredibly ugly PowerPoint calendars,
including some misguided stripes and a sort of Madras plaid. Lunar calendars
for different time zones (who knew the moon operated that way), photo
calendars, postcard calendars. And even a basic 12-month
calendar in Word without a single scrap of art deco design nonsense on it.If your taste runs that way.
Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior features editor for Tech Pro Research.