In my Toastmasters club, I recently gave a speech on the French Republican calendar, which I’ve always found interesting. If you don’t know, this was a secular calendar the French democratic government instituted from 1793 to 1805. It was based on a metric idea with 12 months beginning on the autumn equinox, each with 3 weeks of 10 days each.
My point of sharing this bit of history with my club was to encourage them to look at the calendar as flexible. I suggested claiming January as Pajamuary and setting a goal to get 8 hours of sleep each night. Our society needs the modern calendar to track dates and seasons as a group, but you as an individual can rework your personal calendar to support your goals.
Think of your personal energy cycle and what an ideal calendar would be for you. You’ll probably need to keep certain things aligned with the actual calendar, but look at what changes you could make when you don’t have outside obligations.
Here are some suggestions to get you inspired:
* January = Pajamuary to rest and recharge
* March = to march forward on a goal
* Thursday = Threesday, to reach out to three new clients, or write three new blog posts each week
* The number day matching your birthdate = take a couple of hours to focus on your self-care
* Every day ending in 4 = do 4 hours of focused work on a project
How would you like to rework the calendar?