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 a

little 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.

Happy calendaring!