No matter who you are or what you do, you share one thing with every other person in the country on December 31.
We’re not talking about a champagne toast. Instead, we’re referring to the tangible—something that confirms it’s time to look forward, more than any glass of bubbly. It’s often overlooked, but the connection we’re referring to is the need for a new desk calendar.
These original productivity hacks have been around forever. Egyptians used them, Romans used them, your pre-internet self used them. But if you think your needs are being met with that tiny digital date-marker on your phone, you’re wrong—and you’re missing out.
Hitting the home button to check the day isn’t doing any favors for your phone addiction either. So instead of rounding up our predictions for the best new calendar app or goal-tracking plugin, we built you a desk calendar that does both, with a hint of OfficeNinjas flavor.
To bring office managers, executive assistants, and administrative maestros a no-BS, no-fluff calendar that gives you more to look forward to than the weekend.
How We’ll Pack 2017 with Career Development out the Wahoo
Less than 10 percent of people who set goals for the New Year keep them. Ouch. To make this statistic even worse, three of the top 10 most common resolutions are things Ninjas also strive for—to be organized, learn something exciting, and help others.
Those are important, but we’d also toss things like staying ahead of the technology curve, acquiring new hard skills, and boosting interpersonal communications into the mix. In fact, we made up our own mix—and it’s tailor-made to keep Ninjas inspired and growing all year long. There won’t be any sad statistics around these parts!
1. A Unique Format to Keep It Interesting
Each month features a lesser known (but super insightful) quote that falls into a broad category—like “tech thoughts” and “gratitude.” Along with that quote, we thought up two action-based professional growth tips that fall in the same lane.
Come the first week of January, you’ll be able to ditch your list of half-hearted resolutions in favor of our suggestions. Obviously, we care about community and helping you be a well-loved Ninja, so one of the month’s two actions shares the love.
2. Quotes You Haven’t Read a Million Times
Members of OfficeNinjas’ entire HQ weighed in on the calendar’s quotes. Too common? Cut it. Too traditional? Out for sure. Not enough quirk or Ninja-style pizzaz? No way, boring jose.
As a result, the 12 sayings that made the round-up are so poster-worthy you’ll want to cut them out and make a collage after each month passes.
3. Specific, Action-Based Ways to Learn and Pay It Forward
Telling someone to seize the day isn’t very helpful. How should the seizing be done? Where should one start? There’s too much ambiguity, if you ask us. To get around this seemingly inspirational order, our calendar spells out two exact ways for you to act each month. The first solely benefits you and the second extends your involvement to others. Like we said, these will always match the monthly quote in an obvious way, so you won’t have to solve any riddles before the goal is clear.
4. Another Way to Interact with the Ninja Community
Professional development benefits you as an individual, but we want to celebrate your wins too. That’s why we built in a third element to this already-awesome calendar—and it’s about community. After you complete each month’s action, we want you to share the story with us, including any ups and downs.
Pretty awesome, right?
How do you plan to crush 2017? Let us know in the comments below!