The "right" calendar for you is essential to your organizational plan. I have dreamed up the perfect calendar and it includes the following:
+ vertical days :so the way I wrote it looked like the day I was doing it in
+time slots :so I knew when my free time was
+Weekly pages : because why would it be helpful any other way
+Monthly overview page: to be able to see it all at once
+ Open section for to-do/notes : for jotting notes, keeping your to-do list in all the same place, always having a note section
+hard cover: to go in my purse and have it not get wrecked
+strap to hold it all in: so you can put loose papers inside- receipts, invites etc.
+a spot for your pen: because a calendar isn't helpful without one
+not over $30.00 : because, really??
I am STILL in search of my perfect calendar. The best I have found so far is this Moleskin found here. It is missing a to-do section & a place for your pen, but it will do! I carry this everywhere with me and never say "yes" do anything with out consulting this. The reason you have the calendar is so you can write things down and then be OKAY if you forget them!
In addition to a personal calendar, if you have a spouse or a family, its important to also have a family calendar. (This one is something the Carter family is still trying to work out.) I have the sweetest husband in the world, but being organized is not his strong suit. We have a white board calendar in our kitchen, which is helpful. We have tried a Google calendar, but this also hasn't been very successful for us. My husband works off of an Outlook calendar at work and on his iPhone but we are still trying to figure out how to merge the work and family calendars for him :)
To make it really fun and easy for yourself, see some inspiration: