The Calendar

The calendar. Ugh. Why does the thought of a calendar make me cringe? Because the organizational freak in me knows it is a necessary and useful tool, but the procrastinator in me realizes it's also a beast to be reckoned with.

Most people have calendar systems that work for them. Herein lies the problem. There is not one standard system. For example, I *love* to use a paper calendar, and I do not mind if I have to erase, cross-out, and move items as necessary. In fact, if my calendar looks like a hot mess, it feels like an accomplishment. The problem? It's difficult to share my paper calendar with others.

In the bookstore, sharing with others is vital. You have a master event calendar, and then you have the work schedule calendar. Add on top of that, keeping track of schedules for orders, proposals, in-store and window displays, book clubs, advertising, vacation requests, etc. (Feeling tense?)

This week, we're going to tame this beast a bit. Just a bit. And if you have a system already in place that works for you, I'd love to hear about it. As always, just hit reply.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay