Monthly Planning Calendar & Key Dates :: 2020

2020 Free Monthly Planner Download

Looking for 2019? Click here.

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 2020 Monthly Planning Calendar is here!

Download 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 an erasable pen

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! (Muji also has a nice option here.) You’ll never go back to an ordinary pen, or put up with pencils.

Step 2: Write in important global dates and fixed personal 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 and regionally 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
  • Peak seasons
  • School holidays

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 & GST lodgement dates
  • Stock takes
  • Order/booking/printing deadlines
  • New arrivals/launches
  • Sales campaigns and 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 three 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.


2020 AUSTRALIAN & OTHER KEY DATES

JANUARY 2020

Wednesday 1st New Year’s Day
Tuesday 21st – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
20th January – 2nd February –  Australian Open
Saturday 25th Lunar New Year (Rat)
Sunday 26th Australia Day
Monday 27th Australia Day holiday in lieu
Late month –  School holidays end/Term 1 Begins

FEBRUARY 2020

All Month: FebFast
Tuesday 11th Safer Internet Day
Friday 14th Valentine’s Day
Friday 14th Mardi Gras festival starts (Sydney)
Tuesday 25th Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day
Saturday 29th Mardi Gras Parade (Sydney)
Saturday 29th Last Day of Summer

MARCH 2020

Sunday 1st Autumn Begins
Monday 2nd Labour Day (WA)
Sunday 8th International Women’s Day
Friday 6th – 9th WOMADelaide (SA)
Monday 9th Canberra Day (ACT)
Monday 9th Labour Day (VIC)
12- 22 March Melbourne Design Week (VIC)
Friday 20th National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA)
Tuesday 17th St Patrick’s Day
Friday 20th UN International Day of Happiness
Saturday 21st Harmony Day
Saturday 28th Earth Hour
Late month – School Term 1 ends/School holidays start

APRIL 2020

All Month: Grateful in April
Sunday 5th Daylight Savings Ends
Monday 13th Eight Hours Day (TAS)
Sunday 5th Palm Sunday Justice Walks
Friday 10th Good Friday
Saturday 11th Holy Saturday
Sunday 12st Easter Sunday
Monday 13th Easter Monday
Wednesday 22nd Earth Day
Saturday  25th April ANZAC Day
Mid-month –  School holidays end/Term 2 begins

MAY 2020

All Month: Mindful in May
Monday 4th May Day (NT)
Monday 4th Labour Day (QLD)
Sunday 10th Mother’s Day
Sunday 17th International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Thursday 28th Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Cancer Fundraiser
Tuesday 26th National Sorry Day
Wedesnday 27th Reconciliation Week
Sunday 31st Last day of Autumn

JUNE 2020

Monday 1st Winter Begins/Ski Season Opens
Monday 1st UN Global Day of Parents
Monday 1st Western Australia Day (WA)
Friday 5th World Environment Day
Monday 8th Queen’s Birthday (All, except QLD & WA)
15th -21th Men’s Health Week
Saturday 20th World Refugee Day
Sunday 21st UN International Yoga Day
Sunday 21st Winter Solstice (AUS)
Saturday 27th UN International Small Business Day
Tuesday 30th End of Financial Year
Late month – School Term 2 ends/School holidays start

JULY 2020

All Month: Plastic Free July  & Dry July
Wednesday 1st New Financial Year
Tuesday 7th World Chocolate Day
Mid-month School holidays end/Term 3 begins
Monday 13th Of Kin 7th Birthday
Tuesday 14th Bastille Day
Friday 17th Emoji Day

AUGUST 2020

Donate Life Week (TBC)
Monday 3rd Picnic Day (NT)
Thursday 13th Left Handers’ Day
Wednesday 19th World Humanitarian Day
Friday 21st World Entrepreneurs’ Day
Monday 31st Last Day of Winter

SEPTEMBER 2020

Tuesday 1st Spring Starts
Sunday 6th Father’s Day
Thursday 10th World Suicide Prevention Day
Sunday 13th RUOK? Day
Mid-September – School Term 3 ends/School holidays start
Monday 21st International Day of Peace
Friday 25th AFL Grand Final Friday (VIC)

OCTOBER 2020

All Month: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Thursday 1st International Coffee Day
Monday 5th Labour Day (NSW, ACT)
Daylight Saving’s Starts
Early month – School holidays end/ Term 4 Begins
Saturday 10th World Mental Health Day
Sunday 11th International Day of the Girl Child
Saturday 17th Global Dignity Day
Saturday 31st Halloween

NOVEMBER 2020

All Month: Movember
Sunday 1st Day of The Dead
Tuesday 3rd Melbourne Cup Day (VIC)
Wednesady 11th Remembrance Day
Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week (TBC)
Friday 13th World Kindness Day
Thursday 19th International Men’s Day
Friday 20th World Children’s Day 
Wednesday 25th International Day for the elimination of violence against women
Thursday 26th Thanksgiving
Friday 27th Black Friday Sales
Saturday 28th Small Business Saturday/Shop Small
Monday 30th Last day of Spring

DECEMBER 2020

Tuesday 1st Summer Starts
Tuesday 1st World AIDS Day
Thursday 3rd International Day of People With Disability
Thursday 10th Human Rights Day
Mid-month –  School Term 4 ends/School holidays start
Tuesday 22nd Summer Solstice
Friday 24th Christmas Eve
Friday 25th Christmas Day
Saturday 26th Boxing Day
Thursday 31st New Year’s Eve

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

Public Holidays via australia.gov.au
School Terms via australia.gov.au


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