Annual Planning Calendar

Once a year, I like to plan out my calendar, so that I can make sure I am not driven by the “tyranny of the urgent.” I call this my Annual Time Block. Unfortunately, I could not find a ready-made tool any where. Microsoft Outlook and Entourage calendars only enable you to see a month at a time. Same for Google. So, I created an Excel workbook that provides a full-year at a glance. In fact, the workbook has three sheets in it, so you can plan out three years if you are so inclined. I explain how to use it here.

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  • Adam Slack

    Thats awesome! Thanks!

  • Adam Slack

    Thats awesome! Thanks!

  • Leslie

    Thank you also, I have been looking for a template just like this, your sharing is much appreciated!

  • Leslie

    Thank you also, I have been looking for a template just like this, your sharing is much appreciated!

  • Benedict

    Been looking for a tool like this. You mentioned that you will explain on how to use this but there is no link to follow through. How do I use this? I am planning for 2010, If I change the calendar year, will the dates and days change?

    Thank you.

  • Benedict

    Been looking for a tool like this. You mentioned that you will explain on how to use this but there is no link to follow through. How do I use this? I am planning for 2010, If I change the calendar year, will the dates and days change?

    Thank you.

  • Alfred Rock

    Hi, Michael. I have just recently signed for your mail updates. They look incredibly helpful! Now I’m starting a Life Plan for 2011 onwards. But I am having problems downloading the excel template. Could you check that, please? It says “File not found on the location”. Thanks a lot for the advice!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I just double-checked the link from here, and it seems to be working. Where are you grabbing the link?

      • Alfred Rock

        Michael!!! Thanks again. It seems it is a problem with my Internet connection or something like that, because neither the link from this post nor the link from your reply seem to work for me. They send me to the file, but, when I try to open or save the file, a message of error appears. I will have to create a template for myself. Thanks for all the posts, the blog is very helpful for me and my girlfriend.

        • Alfred Rock

          Michael, I tried the link in your BCE post and it worked! Thanks a lot!

  • http://www.jenniferrothschild.com/ Philip Rothschild

    Hi Mike. Wondering if you might have a 2012 update of Annual Time block. Sorry if I did not see it. Phil

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Do you mean of the actual template? You can change the dates inside the spreadsheet and it will recalculate the dates.

      • http://www.jenniferrothschild.com/ Philip Rothschild

        Thanks Mike. Must have missed that in instructions. I was showing this great tool to one of my student leaders and scanned it quickly. Phil

      • MC

        Thanks very much for sharing this. exactly what I need. I have opened the template and started making it my own. Some cells allow me to type into them but others don’t?? Any ideas why this might be please, Michael?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Hmmm. I am not sure. Have you checked to see if the document is protected? It shouldn’t be.

        • Angie

          I noticed that too, but it’s actually where some cells are formatted with white text. If you select all of the text cells and format them with black text, you should be good.
          Michael, thank you for the template, very handy!

  • haia

    yes, looking like crazy for something like this. Thanks!!