Plan Ahead

It’s the beginning of a new year, a great time to start fresh and set new goals. In 2005, you can aim to be organized – to never forget a birthday, an appointment, a bill or an errand. With these organizational tools and calendars, you can keep those promises to yourself – and others – and have fun doing it.

Custom Calendars
All you need are digital photos and a little creativity to make a personalized wall calendar at Lulu.com. You can publish a custom, spiral-bound wall calendar that anyone can order online, or create one just for family and friends. Add your own images using digital photographs, digital artwork or scanned images in .JPG format. Create a calendar for any length of time – you choose the start and stop dates – and customize holidays and events, like birthdays or Little League games. There is no upfront investment or minimum purchase; calendars are printed on demand. Set your own royalty if you want to sell your calendar, and get paid your royalties quarterly. The service to create calendars is free, and the base cost for a 12-month calendar is $11.45.

You’ve Got Bills
Organization pays off in more ways than one – like no more fees for late bills. Hang this bill organizer in your cab, and paying becomes simpler because you just divide them and keep them in sight. This 14.75 by 14-inch organizer even comes with a plastic pouch for stamps. Text across the top says, “You’ve got bills” – a spoof on the America Online message, “You’ve got mail” – and the pouches are labeled incoming and outgoing. The organizer sells for $12.99 at this site.

High-tech Notepad
Keep track of your appointments in the palm of your hand – no, not with a ballpoint pen. Try the Sharp OZ-590 organizer in a new PDA style with a metallic finish and protective flip cover. It has 8 megabytes of memory and nine built-in functions, including telephone/address books, calendar, scheduler, date reminder, memo, to do list, expense organizer, world clock, English/Spanish translator, calculator and conversions. The attached touch-screen navigation stylus stows inside the unit, and the 14 x 5-line display has a backlight for easy viewing. Also included are Black Jack and Alpha Attack games. The CD-ROM software and a PC-link cable is included for sync with Microsoft Outlook. From Office Depot or Amazon, the organizer sells for around $50.

Fabulous Freebies
Get your schedule organized without paying a dime. Truckers News is offering two different 2005 calendars – free of charge. The calendars will feature photos from trucking companies across the United States, offering new pay packages and benefits for over-the-road drivers and owner-operators. The calendars will be distributed in January in Pilot and Petro truckstops, where you pick up your copy of Truckers News.

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