When life gets extra busy, sometimes the best solution is a really BIG reminder!
With university kicking off for me once more next week, after 8 years of being uni-free, I know getting organised is a must.
And not just a little bit organised like I may have been back in my teens as a first time uni student, as I was a pretty lazy student, but as in really organised. Especially since I will now be juggling part time work and motherhood alongside my studies.
I decided I needed a really huge calendar that is re-useable and on my wall. With that in mind, this quick half hour project was born – creating my own DIY whiteboard and calendar.
Sure you can buy pre-printed whiteboard calendars, but about 3-5 times the price. I don’t want to spend $80+ for something I can create.
DIY WHITEBOARD CALENDAR AND PLANNER
- Whiteboard – as big as you want, to suit your needs
- Whiteboard markers
- Permanent marker
With my uni semesters being approximately 4 months each, I wanted something relatively big although decided the size I got would suit 3 decent sized monthly sections. This way I can erase and re-write every 3 months to fit the next phase in. That’s the beauty of a whiteboard.
Decide on how you want to lay out your calendar. I would suggest marking up in whiteboard marker initially, to make sure you are happy with your design. Use a ruler to measure out your lines and sections.
Once you are happy with your design, draw up your lines in a permanent marker. Be mindful that drawing directly over existing whiteboard marker will stop your lines from being permanent. Whiteboard marker erases permanent marker. Good tip to know if you make a mistake.
After you have done your initial design, just use dots to mark everything up where the whiteboard marker lines were.
Once your permanent lines are drawn up, use a whiteboard eraser or a cloth to wipe off any existing whiteboard marker.
Everything else you can do in whiteboard marker so you can erase and change the dates, months and entries to suit your needs.
Initially I had a 7 day calendar drawn up but decided I really only needed 5 day weeks since uni assessments are never due on weekends. Instead I created a dates to remember section down the side of each month where the other 2 days would be. Up to you what works best for your needs.
And there you have it… a massive DIY Whiteboard calendar and planner to help you organise your life all year round and year after year!
This is just one small step on my way to simplify my life. If you are interested, check out my year long challenge to simplify, organise and declutter your entire house and life.
How do you stay organised for important dates and events?