Wednesday, January 17, 2007
WFMW (calendar labels)
It's time to post yet another WFMW tip. This one has to do with keeping my yearly calendar up to date with birthday's and anniversaries.

Here are a few quick tips:

1) I buy my calendars in January, when they're 50%-75% off.
2) In Microsoft Word, I've created a master label document in which I have listed all the birthdays and anniversaries of all family and friends. I use Avery mailing labels #18167 (template 8167 in Word), which have 80 labels per sheet. The first time I created this, it took a bit of time, but since then it's simple!
3) I've color-coded the birthday labels yellow and the anniversary labels neon green to give me a quick visual reference.
4) On the labels, I list the birthday and wedding anniversary date, including the year. For example, Jenny's birthday 1-21-1984 and Mark and Amy's anniversary 12-13-1990.
5) At the beginning of each year, I take my old calendar and compare it to my master label list, adding any new births or anniversaries before printing out the labels for the new year and sticking them on the appropriate days of my new calendar.

This is how I keep myself and my family reminded of important birthdays and anniveraries each year. The best part is that I can print out multiple sets of labels if I want them for more than one calendar (I do one for home and one at work) and I've even shared my label document with some of my extended family members (sent as an email attachment) so they can do the same.

If you have a different, more effective method, I'd love to hear about it, so please leave me a comment. :)

To see what works for others, be sure check out the links over at Shannon's, the creator of Works-For-Me Wednesday.

My past WFMW entries:

Strawberry Spinach Salad
Mesh Laundry Bag Uses
12 lbs 'til Christmas
Toddler Healthy Eating Techniques
Reindeer Puppet
Grocery Game website
No Fear Shakespeare
list of age appropriate children's chores
linking within comments
baptism gift
creating blogger categories
alternate use for pot rack
cake decorating tips
unique way to stay connected
cake baking tip
comforts of home while traveling
quenching the thirst of your little one
pie crust made in bulk
hot chocolate kicked up a notch


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At 10:26 PM, Blogger org junkie said...

That is fantastic! I've been writing them out every year!! Why?...when I could be doing this instead...brilliant!


At 10:40 PM, Blogger Pam said...

Great idea to save some time transferring all that information!

At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an excellent idea! Thanks for sharing. Mine is the old fashioned right the name in the square and have the white out handy for mistakes. This is great!

Blessings to you! Have a great day!

At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great tip! Why haven't I thought of this before???

At 11:26 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

That is an awesome tip! I keep all that jazz on my Icalendar but darn it if the computer fizzed out on me I would be in trouble!!

At 6:35 AM, Anonymous Nancy said...

Your method sounds great, but I haven't kept a paper calendar in about 5 years. I keep everything on Outlook, except birthdays and anniversaries. Those I've entered into
The email me two weeks ahead to remind me and then again a few days ahead in case I deleted the first one. I haven't forgotten a date in years, although I have to deal with the guilt of ignoring some!

At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is such a fab idea!
I keep a paper calendar because I have two little guys. I am trying to teach them organization and time management skills, something I struggle with. I get tired of getting the calendar and then entering all of the stuff from the previous year. The label method is great!
PS - I bought a $1 large desk calendar at Tarzhay and use that in our kitchen as my command center. I don't know if it would work for you, but it works for me!

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous Laura said...

It's a great idea. I have a handmade calender in my purse, and sometimes I forget the birthdays. Sorry, but I am going to steal your idea...
Thanks for sharing.

At 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need to do this! And I just happen to have some of those labels!

At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, that is a GREAT GREAT GREAT idea!!!! wow!

At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love calendars!!

At 9:04 AM, Blogger Carol said...

This is a great idea. How long did it take you to set this up the first time?

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Christy said...

What a fantastic idea! I'm always looking for ways to keep organized.

At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant time-saving and money-saving idea! Thanks for sharing!

Blessings from under the pile,

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic idea! We have a huge family and I am forever forgetting birthdays. Thanks for the tip!

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a terrific tip! I used to go through and rewrite all the notes onto the new calendar. But things that don't change, like birthdays and anniversaries don't need to be re-written anymore! Thank you immensely for such a wonderful time-saving tip!

At 1:53 PM, Blogger cityfarmer said...

We are ALOT alike!!!!

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Jan said...

For nearly twenty years, I have been the family calendar maker. I print out a family calendar of birthdays and anniversaries for each household (nearing thirty now) and give them as Christmas gifts. One year I said I might stop, and mass panic arose within the family!
i include the birth year for all the children, to make it easier to keep up with how old they are.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger nwscrapmom said...

That's a terrific idea! I used to make my calendars on the computer but have resorted to buying them since I can no longer find the kits. This would be so much easier (and less time-consuming) than handwriting all my dates! Thanks for a great idea.

At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Gina said...

How do I go about participating in Favorite Ingredient Friday? I don't want to just barge on in! Sorry to put this in your comments but I couldn't get your e-mail to work.

At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea here! I'm going to "steal" it for my own. I'm tired of writing all the extended bdays on EVERY calendar ('cause one ain't enough, donchaknow?).

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

You are one organized lady. Great ideas thanks for sharing.

At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! I can't believe I've never though about this before. Sure beats my current method of forgetting half of the birthdays/anniversaries that happen every year ;) Thank you so much for sharing this tip! =)

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Jada said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to do it! I love calendars - I have 3 in my home and 1 in my purse and this will save me a lot of time!

Love your blog! You give many helpful tips and information. I wrote down your recipe for the pizza bake and plan to try it soon when I host a game night!


At 9:05 AM, Blogger Barb said...

What a clever idea, OW. I have a perpetual calendar that works for me but I remember when I lived by my Daytimer. I'd go through it at the beginning of the year and write birthdays and anniversaries in. But it's very easy to overlook them when they're written in. These color coded labels are a great idea!

At 6:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I just found your blog, it has been a great read! Thought it may be of some interest to you to know, a while back i managed to find a british labels company who print many types of labels. They printed me some labels for a really low cost, i also ordered a label dispenser as i had been in need of one for a while and they were so cheap.

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Jill said...

cool idea. now off to do it! i get so tired of writing all our birthdays lol


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