From time to time I create something useful for a specific purpose. These often find repeated use, and I’m sharing them here in case they are of interest to you. I call these toys, in reference to the Birmingham toy trade of the 18th Century.

Automated Compact Calendar

I came across the Compact Calendar by David Seah a few years ago, and found it to be a hugely useful tool for planning. David had published an Excel version of the calendar, along with the nicely designed PDF versions: I just added a few tweaks to this to work the way my brain does. He’s continued to develop it, and now has similar functionality, and I recommend you take a look at this as well. In fact, David has a heap of useful tools which help track and manage time, some of which I return to from time-to-time. Do take a look at his site.

In the meantime, here’s my Automated Compact Calendar tool as an Excel template.