Free Download :: 2017 Monthly Planning Calendar & Key Dates

2017-monthly-planning-calendar free downloadable

This humble tool is one of the most powerful tools I use in my business, and that I use with clients. Because unless you can see your time laid out in front of you, you can’t make realistic plans, set achievable goals or get everyone aligned about what needs to be done, and by when.

I use this tool with my executive coaching clients to help them plan out and ideal week, and understand what’s achievable with their time. I use it with my content marketing clients to map out content plans, deadlines and publishing dates. I use it with my business clients to help them and their team see what needs to be done, and when by so they all get on the same page, literally.

The 2017 Monthly Planning Calendar is here!

Download it via the form below!

Yes, it’s printed piece of paper and not a shared electronic calendar. And it’s still the best tool to start a discussion around planning. Once you’ve mapped it all out, you might then consider transferring your dates into a digital format. Now, here are some tips on how to use it.

2017 Monthly planning sheets free downloadable printable

How To Use It

Step 1: Print out and hook up with a Frixon

Enter your details below and then download your free calendar. Then find a Frixon  – it’s the pen that changed my life in 2016. It’s a style of erasable pen made by Pilot. You can get them here. Buy in bulk is my advice! You’ll never go back to an ordinary pen, or put up with pencils.

Step 2: Write in important global dates and commitments

Dates that are fixed, reoccurring and non-negotiable go in first. If you’re Australian, I’ve given you a pretty good head start with the list below. But also think about adding:

  • Birthdays (personal & business/staff)
  • Anniversaries
  • Holidays
  • Special events

Step 3: Write in industry specific events/dates

Now do a pass over on your calendar of all the events and happenings that are specific to your industry.

  • Trade fairs
  • Awards
  • Annual conferences
  • Manufacturing shut downs

Step 4: Write in business specific events/dates

Looking closely as the rhythms and rituals in your business, enter specific dates related to your operations, staff, reporting and marketing activities.

  • Staff birthdays & annual leave
  • Staff training & conference
  • Performance reviews
  • Budget reporting periods
  • Stock takes
  • Order/booking/printing deadlines
  • New arrivals/launches
  • Sales campaigns
  • Promotional activities
  • Communication activities (such as email sends, blog schedules)

Step 5: Start with 12, focus on 3

While it’s fantastic to look at the year as a whole, and map out your best guess for the year ahead, make sure you’re taking time every month months to look in detail at the next three months ahead. A good rule is the Rule of 3 – take three hours, every three months, to set your top 3 priorities for the next three months. Schedule your quarterly reviews in your calendar now!


Step 6: Make time and get help

Time and time again I’ve seen smart people sabotage their efforts by not making time to save time. And often it takes bringing in outside facilitation to raise the accountability bar. So if you’d like help getting set up with your calendar, or to get your strategy planned out with your team, or set some leaping goals, just send us an email via the Contact form. We’d love to turn your possibilities into plans, and get you on purpose, prioritised and productive for the year ahead.




Sunday 1st New Year’s Day
Monday 2nd New Year’s Day In Lieu
16th – 29th –  Australian Open
Thursday 26th Australia Day
Late month –  School Term 1 Begins
Saturday 28th Chinese New Year (Rooster)


All Month: FebFast
Tuesday 14th Valentine’s Day
17th – 19th Mardi Gras (Sydney)
Tuesday 28th Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day
Tuesday 28th Last Day of Summer
Tuesday 28th End of quarter BAS Q2 2016/7 due

MARCH 2017

Wednesday 1st Autumn Begins
Tuesday 7th Labour Day (WA)
Wednesday 8th International Women’s Day
Monday 13th Canberra Day (ACT)
Monday 13th Eight Hours Day (TAS)
Monday 13th Labour Day (VIC)
Wednesday 16th – Sunday 26th Melbourne Design Week (VIC)
Thursday 17th St Patrick’s Day
Monday 20th UN International Day of Happiness
Tuesday 21st Harmony Day
Saturday 25th Earth Hour

APRIL 2017

All Month: Grateful in April
2nd April Daylight Savings Ends
Early month – School Term 1 Ends
14th Good Friday
15th Holy Saturday
16th Easter Sunday
17th Easter Monday
22nd Earth Day
Late month –  Term 2 Begins
Tuesday 25th April ANZAC Day
Friday 28th End of quarter BAS Q3 2016/17 due

MAY 2017

All Month: Mindful in May
Monday 1st May Day (NT)
Monday 1st Labour Day (QLD)
Sunday 14th Mother’s Day
Wednesday 17th May International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Thursday 25th May Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Cancer Fundraiser
Friday 26th May National Sorry Day
27 May – 3 June Reconciliation Week
Wednesday 31st Last day of Autumn

JUNE 2017

Thursday 1st Winter Begins/Ski Season Opens
Monday 5th June Western Australia Day (WA)
Monday 12th Queen’s Birthday (All, except QLD & WA)
Tuesday 20th June World Refugee Day
Tuesday 21st June UN International Yoga Day
Wednesday 21st Winter Solstice (AUS)
Tuesday 27th UN International Small Business Day
Friday 30th End of Financial Year
Late month – School Term 2 ends

JULY 2017

All Month: Dry July
Saturday 1st July New Financial Year
Friday 7th July World Chocolate Day
Mid month School Term 3 Begins
Thursday 13th Of Kin Birthday
Friday 14th Bastille Day
Monday 17th Emoji Day
Friday 28th End of quarter BAS Q4 2016/17 due


Sunday 30 July – Sunday 6 August Donate Life Week
Monday 7th Picnic Day (NT)
Sunday 13th Left Handers’ Day
Friday 19th World Humanitarian Day
Thursday 31st Last Day of Winter


Friday 1st Spring Starts
Sunday 3rd Father’s Day
Sunday 10th World Suicide Prevention Day
Thursday 14th RUOK? Day
Mid-September – School Term 3 Ends
Thursday 21st International Day of Peace
Monday 25th Family & Community Day (ACT)
Friday 29th AFL Grand Final Friday (VIC)


All Month: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Sunday 1st Daylight Saving’s Starts
Sunday 1st International Coffee Day
Monday 2nd Labour Day (NSW, ACT)
Early month – School Term 4 Begins
Tuesday 10th World Mental Health Day
Wednesday 11th International Day of the Girl Child
Saturday 28th End of quarter BAS Q1 2017/18 due
Tuesday 31st Halloween


All Month: Movember
Tuesday 7th Melbourne Cup Day (VIC)
Saturday 11th Remembrance Day
Sunday 12th – 18th Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week
Monday 13th World Kindness Day
Thursday 23rd Thanksgiving
Saturday 25th White Ribbon Day
Thursday 30th Last day of Spring


Friday 1st Summer Starts
Sunday 10th December Human Rights Day
Mid month –  School Term 4 Ends
Thursday 21st Summer Solstice
Sunday 24th Christmas Eve
Monday 25th Christmas Day
Tuesday 26th Boxing Day
Sunday 31st New Year’s Eve

**To cross-check dates, and get the school holiday dates for your State, check out:

Public Holidays via
School Terms via

Download Your Free 2017 Monthly Planning Calendar

  1. Very helpful! Thanks ladies x


  2. Wow, enjoying a life changing experience…..I’m getting organised for 2017 now….
    Loving the learning, the clarity and the possibilities…..thanks ladies xx


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