Free Download :: 2018 Monthly Planning Calendar & Key Dates


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 an 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 2018 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.


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 shutdowns

Step 4: Write in business specific events/dates

Looking closely at 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.




Monday 1st New Year’s Day
15th – 28th –  Australian Open
Friday 26th Australia Day
Late month –  School Term 1 Begins


All Month: FebFast
Tuesday 13th Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day
Tuesday 14th Valentine’s Day
Friday 16th Chinese New Year (Dog)
Friday 16th Mardi Gras festival starts (Sydney)
Saturday 17th White Night (Melbourne)
Tuesday 28th Last Day of Summer
Tuesday 28th End of quarter BAS Q2 2017/8 due

MARCH 2018

Thursday 1st Autumn Begins
Saturday 3rd Mardi Gras Parade (Sydney)
Monday 5th Labour Day (WA)
Thursday 8th International Women’s Day
Monday 12th Canberra Day (ACT)
Monday 12th Eight Hours Day (TAS)
Monday 12th Labour Day (VIC)
Melbourne Design Week (VIC) (TBC)
Saturday 17th St Patrick’s Day
Tuesday 20th UN International Day of Happiness
Wednesday 21st Harmony Day
Saturday 24th Earth Hour

Friday 30th Good Friday
Saturday 31st Holy Saturday
Late month – School Term 1 Ends

APRIL 2018

All Month: Grateful in April
Sunday 1st April Daylight Savings Ends
Sunday 1st Easter Sunday
Monday 2nd Easter Monday
Sunday 22nd Earth Day

Wednesday  25th April ANZAC Day
Friday 27th End of quarter BAS Q3 2017/18 due
Mid-month –  Term 2 Begins

MAY 2018

All Month: Mindful in May
Monday 7th May Day (NT)
Monday 7th Labour Day (QLD)
Sunday 13th Mother’s Day
Thursday 17th May International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Thursday 24th May Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Cancer Fundraiser
Saturday 26th May National Sorry Day
Monday 28th May Reconciliation Week
Thursday 31st Last day of Autumn

JUNE 2018

Friday 1st Winter Begins/Ski Season Opens
Monday 4th June Western Australia Day (WA)
Monday 11th Queen’s Birthday (All, except QLD & WA)
Wednesday 20th June World Refugee Day
Thursday 21st June UN International Yoga Day
Thursday 21st Winter Solstice (AUS)
UN International Small Business Day (TBC)
Saturday 30th End of Financial Year
Late month – School Term 2 ends

JULY 2018

All Month: Dry July
Sunday 1st July New Financial Year
Saturday 7th July World Chocolate Day
Mid-month School Term 3 Begins
Thursday 13th Of Kin 5th Birthday
Saturday 14th Bastille Day
Tuesday 17th Emoji Day
Friday 27th End of quarter BAS Q4 2017/18 due


Donate Life Week (TBC)
Monday 6th Picnic Day (NT)
Monday 13th Left Handers’ Day
Sunday 19th World Humanitarian Day
Friday 31st Last Day of Winter


Saturday 1st Spring Starts
Sunday 2nd Father’s Day
Monday 10th World Suicide Prevention Day
Thursday 13th RUOK? Day
Mid-September – School Term 3 Ends
Friday 21st International Day of Peace
Tuesday 25th Family & Community Day (ACT)
Friday 28th AFL Grand Final Friday (VIC)


All Month: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Monday 1st International Coffee Day
Monday 2nd Labour Day (NSW, ACT)
Sunday 7th Daylight Saving’s Starts
Early month – School Term 4 Begins
Wednesday 10th World Mental Health Day
Thursday 11th International Day of the Girl Child
Friday 26th End of quarter BAS Q1 2017/18 due
Wednesday 31st Halloween


All Month: Movember
Tuesday 6th Melbourne Cup Day (VIC)
Sunday 11th Remembrance Day
Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week (TBC)
Tuesday 13th World Kindness Day
Thursday 22nd Thanksgiving
Friday 23rd Black Friday Sales
Saturday 24th Small Business Saturday/Shop Small
Monday 26th Cyber Monday Sales
Sunday 25th White Ribbon Day
Friday 30th Last day of Spring


Saturday 1st Summer Starts
Saturday 1st World AIDS Day
Monday 3rd International Day of People With Disability
Monday 10th Human Rights Day
Mid-month –  School Term 4 Ends
Saturday 22nd Summer Solstice
Monday 24th Christmas Eve
Tuesday 25th Christmas Day
Wednesday 26th Boxing Day
Monday 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 2018 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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