This monthly minimalist calendar is my first freebie for you. If you like it or if you have ideas how to improve it, please leave a comment below.
For two years, I have been using Jenny Mustard’s free minimalist calendar. But I think, it hasn’t been updated since 2018. So I decided to make my own calendar template. And I will try to update it every year.
I like to have a printed calendar better than using an app. For a long time, I was very fond of Google Calendar. But I grew out of it. I also don’t like typing all the time, especially not on a touchscreen.
Writing has become a calming activity for me. I like how it helps me to organize my thoughts—not just my tasks. Keeping a physical calendar makes it easier for me to stay organized. It creates a visually pleasing overview of my monthly to dos.
Minimalist calendar to print at home
How this simple calendar helps me achieve my tasks better than any app
A calendar is, in many ways, not super minimalist. It is a paper item. So, it that brings a little bit of visual clutter. But for me it is perfect.
- A printed calendar is a daily reminder of tasks and achievements.
- It is a powerful habit builder.
- The calendar can be used to take notes or write down small thoughts of gratitude.
- It helps remembering deadlines and meetings better than any app, because writing is an activity with haptic feedback, and it therefore nurtures a healthy memory.
Minimalist habits to keep my calendar visually calm
I love writing in my calendar, just using a thin mechanical bamboo pencil. My favorite is the OHTO 0.5 mm¹. I’ve had it for a long time now. I’m just a sucker for these wooden gadgets, and I have tiny hands, so 10/10 recommend 🙂
Another »minimalist« quirk of mine is that I like writing in capital letters. I don’t have a super good handwriting, when I’m in a hurry, and when I’m writing in my calendar, I often am. So, for the sake of visual calm, this is how I do it.
You can also use the area at the bottom of the page for notes, to dos or shopping lists. That is one of my takeaways from working a lot with the Cornell note-taking system in university. It can also be used for gratitude journaling. That is something I like doing at the end of the month. Just looking back and taking notice of what happened over the past weeks…
Download the calendar
There are two versions, one with a very light font-weight (ultra-light), the other with a slightly bolder type (light). The ultra-light version looks best on laser printers with 1200 dpi. The light-weight versions is for you, if you have trouble reading or want to be able to read the dates from a distance. Or if you just like thicker fonts 🙂 It’s also better for ink printers.
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