December 1, 2011

Calendar Daze

by Matt Stevens

Don’t settle for just any old calendar! See why our blogger thinks a calendar is one of the most personal and important purchases of the year!

This time of year, walk into any bookstore or gift shop, and you’re met with racks upon racks of calendars, featuring everything from pop stars to nature scenes to Barbie® dolls to, well, you name it! During the holidays, calendars are as ubiquitous as ornaments and artificial trees, and indeed, many of these calendars will appear under said trees on Christmas morning.

I actually think a calendar is a very personal purchase. It should reflect your interests and/or personality, because a calendar becomes part of your life, gracing your wall or desk every day for the next 365 days. (Or 366, next year!)

I make sure I know someone well before buying them a calendar. Perhaps that’s because I’ve received several unfortunate ones as gifts, including a calendar with cloyingly adorable dogs (I’m a cat person), another with chimps dressed/posed as office workers (yikes), and still another with illustrated dinosaurs (eek!). Call me crazy or ungrateful, but those quickly hit the trash—I couldn’t bear staring at puppies, monkeys, or T-Rexes for 12 months.

In addition to being aesthetically awesome, like the 2012 BFMC Wall Calendar, my perfect calendar has plenty of space to make notes since I scribble down everything. I list all business and social events—meetings, deadlines, birthdays, parties, vacations, and more—until my calendar is a cluttered, nearly unreadable mess. I like it that way!

Yes, I’ve owned electronic schedulers (I never used them) and currently have a smart phone, iPod, and computers with cloud technology. I dig my digital gadgets, yet when it comes to keeping a schedule, I cling to analog habits.

Plus, I keep my marked-up calendars like journals. Efficient? No. Pack ratty? Maybe. But buying and hanging a fresh new calendar is an annual ritual I enjoy. It’s my clean slate for the New Year!

 Have a favorite calendar—dolls, horses, ocean views? Tell us about it!

Matt Stevens is a twice-published author and sold screenwriter who specializes in movies and pop culture. A former producer for E! Entertainment Television, he now writes about film for their website, E! Online, and contributes to numerous new-media outlets. Since his first games-writing gig for Barbie.com, Matt has been tickled pink to work on BarbieGirls.com and MyScene.com before joining the BC blogger team.

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