How Multiple Calendars Can Track Mood and Schedule

Monday, October 4 2010 Peter Zawistowski

Let's talk about calendars. We all have calendars of one form or another and some of us actually use them. I use multiple paper calendars. One is set aside for my doctor, therapy and other health-related appointments. The second is for work and work-related schedule. My third is for personal, family, birthdays and vacation time. Although it may sound overly complicated, dividing up appointments, etc. into various categories allows me to quickly look in a specific place for a particular type of event. I can check into therapy sessions to see if I am sticking to a fixed meeting schedule. If there are any trends, good or bad, I can spot them. If my mood is really good sporadically, I may find out that this good mood happens the day I visit the therapist. A bad mood may happen after I just had my truck repaired.

The same works for business and calendars. Each project has an individual scheduling calendar. These calendars carry deadlines, finish dates, progress tracking and time spent on the project. As a contract writer and engineer, I bill my actual time spent. If you invoice by flat rate or per job, you can track time spent to know if it is a profitable doing this job or not. I can also see if I am breaking the job down into small enough tasks. Too small a task and you may not function efficiently. Too large a task and you might get overwhelmed, procrastinate and not start the task.

calendarsThe calendars I create are photo-copies of a printed calendar page. I use the original as my personal calendar and the copies for the others. Colored copy paper helps in sorting of the calendars. You can also use a Day Timer or other personal time assistant.

You may find out over time you may not need all these calendars. Or you may not break all your projects apart and leave them on one calendar. You see you might already be using more than one calendar. You may also be filling out daily mood charts. These mood charts, when compared to your other calendars, can show visual evidence that maybe you should not travel on Mondays. A long meeting made you skip lunch. You had a schedule with three deadlines in one week. All proved to be too disruptive to your mood. This is all done by analyzing your mood charts with your other calendars. Knowing yourself with this chart information can help your moods over time.

(P.S. HealthyPlace has a great, easy-to-use online mood journal, mood tracker for tracking your moods.)

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How Multiple Calendars Can Track Mood and Schedule

Holly Gray
says:
October, 5 2010 at 9:42 am

Hi Peter,

Because I have Dissociative Identity Disorder time and memory are very slippery things. I try to outsource memory as much as possible to things like calendars, cell phones alerts, etc. I decided to use your idea of multiple calendars. I created four: personal, blogging, and two for my other job. So far I really like it.

I never thought of tracking things related to my disorder (e.g. mood) but that makes a lot of sense.

Thanks for the tips.

Holly

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Peter Zawistowski
says:
October, 7 2010 at 4:41 am

I appreciate the feedback. Do you use charts to track moods?
Thanks for the input.

Peter

C. Walker
says:
October, 6 2010 at 10:09 am

Just curious. What application/software is featured in the screen shot? I think it is Excel. I would love to get the template for it.

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Peter Zawistowski
says:
October, 7 2010 at 4:42 am

I did not submit the picture but I will check into that calendar, it does look interesting. I will get back to you.

Peter

Mary Keilholtz
says:
October, 6 2010 at 11:47 am

Another great blog post! I shared this one on Facebook - you should consider adding a "like" button to your articles.

deb walli
says:
October, 6 2010 at 7:04 pm

i use the ones at www.medhelp.org---then go to 'trackers' and invicidualize the ones you want.--i use one for mood (b/p), one for anxiety, one for wt, one for sleep. my docs love them. keeps perspective for me--'i've been great for thee weeks' (no, its only 5 days), or vice versa.

you can get email reminders for whenever you want...ie i only get the wt one weekly, while the sleep is nightly. they're color coded, and awesome.

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Peter Zawistowski
says:
October, 7 2010 at 4:33 am

Thanks Deb, I will look into this one too. No doubt color coding is truly awesome.

Holly Riedmayer
says:
October, 7 2010 at 11:50 am

Great reading thanks for sharing, I've added this to my mixx bookmarks.

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Peter Zawistowski
says:
October, 7 2010 at 12:32 pm

Thanks for comment, as always any feedback is appreciated. If you want an area in business covered, let me know. Anyone can leave me a suggestion.

Patricia
says:
October, 7 2010 at 4:58 pm

Great blog, Peter. Welcome to HealthyPlace!

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Peter Zawistowski
says:
October, 8 2010 at 3:57 am

Thanks Patricia, I'm glad to be on board.

Lisa
says:
October, 14 2010 at 5:09 am

Thanks for this post - I've been trying to figure out the best and most interesting way to track my moods. I'm ADD (inattentive) and I'm trying to be more disciplined and create a schedule and mood currently is all over the place. Great idea - thanks.

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Peter Zawistowski
says:
October, 14 2010 at 9:36 am

If you make copies of your blank calendars, you might want to try different color paper per calendar. It helps me.
Pete

Lisa
says:
October, 14 2010 at 5:40 am

BTW - Deb, I just checked out the mood tracker online tool you shared and I LOVE it. I'll be sharing it with my counselor, life coach, twitter, and Facebook! Thank you.

Carroll B. Merriman
says:
October, 17 2010 at 9:32 pm

From my research, I have found that depression is a frequent cause of weight gain. Knowing that, I preach to everyone I talk to about weight loss, that you first need to get your mind healthy. Once your mind is healthy, your body can follow. Check out Best Way To Lose Weight Fast for a healthy way to lose weight.

sherry
says:
September, 19 2014 at 7:56 am

What about online calendars? They can be printed too.

Thanks for your ideas. My therapist used to get me to plot my mood on a graph at the beginning of each session. Annoying but helpful.

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