Life Calendar — Capture Your Life
About Life Calendar
Have you ever tried keeping a personal diary? Something you’d write in every night? Something where you can be open with yourself, where you can pour your soul in, where you can talk about your inmost thoughts — as screwed up as they may be — without anyone judging you?
The concept of diaries has existed since antiquity, and there are many benefits to keeping one — it helps reduce stress, it boosts your self confidence, and it gets your creative juices flowing, among others. But the problem most people have with keeping one is that it’s a huge commitment.
Let’s face it — we all have “off” days. Sitting down every night to write about how exciting the meeting you had today at your 8–5, corporate job isn’t something many would enjoy. It becomes redundant, boring, repetitive. It’s no wonder most people can’t keep one for long.
But there are many things in life worth remembering. Your high school graduation, how stressed out your were in your first job interview, the day you got married, the day your first son was born, the time you lost a loved one… These memories get lost over the years with a million others.
And that’s just sad.
When the idea of Life Calendar came to me about a year ago, all I wanted to do was create something that would help me solve that problem. I always struggled with keeping one as a part of my daily routine. And then, one day, I read a blog post online titled “your life in weeks” that changed my perspective. Did you know that even if you live to be 90, you only live for like 4690 weeks? And you sleep for about 1400 of them!
But then I got an idea: Instead of keeping a daily diary, I decided I’d keep a weekly one.
“One note every week” made perfect sense. We all get a fresh start every week. A week was a relatively short, self contained period of time. And sitting down to write only once a week was an easy to build habit. It barely took any time, and in that one note, I would write about the most exciting or important thing I had in that week, and that was it.
In one year, I would have about 50 notes. In ten, I would have 500.
And each of these notes would be like a snapshot of my life at that point. And 10 years from now, I get to view those 10 years of my life just like that — a group of snapshots, side by side, in a small notebook. Almost like a picture book.
Since then, I’ve slowly built Life Calendar, and it has finally become something I can share.
How it Works
Life Calendar helps you visualize your life by breaking it down to weeks and displaying it in a grid. Each week is symbolized by a little box, and each box can be color coded. A note can be added to each week, and with it you can capture any thoughts, feelings, or reflections you might have during that time.
Each year of your life has exactly 52 weeks and one day. Life Calendar breaks down those years into grids of boxes, and each box represents a week. The diamond shaped box represents your birthday. You can mark a week box with a color, and use these colors to differentiate between your weeks. Perhaps a happy week uses your favorite color, and a sad week uses a grey color.
Each week box can hold a note, and a note can contain any thoughts or reflections you might have on your life. What if, at the end of each week, you keep a small note of how your week was? Imagine the perspective you’d get on your life if you keep taking weekly notes for a year or two!
- Official Launch Date — Saturday, April 30, 2016
- Price — free to use, with extra features unlocked for $2.99
- Platforms — Available on Android and iOS, with a web client in the works
- App Store Link — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/life-calendar-log-your-life/id1097379123?ls=1&mt=8
- Play Store Link — https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mal.lifecalendar
- Website — http://malkaf.me/lifecalendar/
My name is Amr Kafina, and I’m a computer engineer and programmer. I’m the sole developer of Life Calendar, and you can find more about me and what I do on malkaf.me.
You can download all images / gifs found here from dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bnp9vfv0utu7wf4/AADfZokzx3IhoUxZV3fEXTZKa?dl=0
“It kind of feels like our lives are made up of a countless number of weeks. But there they are — fully countable — staring you in the face.” — Tim Urban, waitbutwhy.com
Life Calendar helps you visualize your life by breaking it down to weeks and displaying it in a grid. Each week is symbolized by a little box, and each box can be color coded. A note can be added to each week, and with it you can capture any thoughts, dwellings, feelings, or reflections you cherish during that time.
Imagine the perspective you’d get on your life if you keep taking weekly notes for a year or two! Wouldn’t that be really helpful?
You only live your life once, so make sure you cherish it!
- Your entire life’s weeks, one by one, visualized in a grid.
- Cherish your life by adding a note to every week.
- One note every week, 52 notes every year.
- Define each week with color by choosing from a growing array.
- Take and store snapshots of your entire life, either in weeks or in years.
- Export your notes and save them anywhere by using Life Notebooks.
- Store your Life Calendar with accounts and keep it backed up and available across multiple devices.
- Custom reminders make sure you never forget to take a note.