Don’t Break The Chain Calendar 2016

You guys have been asking for it for months now, and it’s finally here – the Don’t Break the Chain Calendar 2016! This is a motivational tool you can use to stick with things you know you SHOULD do but don’t always WANT to do, like exercise or practicing an instrument. Keep reading to learn more about it and get the free printables!

I didn’t change the design very much from last year, because I think the two-column format worked really well. Rather than a traditional year-long calendar, which has each month broken into it’s own box, this calendar has them all grouped together so that you can really see your chain forming all year long.

The way it works is simple – just choose an activity for the calendar and, if applicable, the amount of time you want to do it for. For example, you could try to run for 30 minutes every day, or practice the guitar for an hour. Every day that you do it, you cross off the day on the calendar and soon you have a long visual chain that has formed which you won’t want to break by skipping a day.

However, don’t feel obligated to do your thing every day. Even just doing something every other day or three times a week crates a nice visual pattern that works as motivation to keep up with your activity.

In terms of the design, this year I changed up the font from the usual Gotham to my new obsession, Halis. It’s the same font I used in the Ampersand Coloring Book, and I just love it.

But now, what you all came here to get – the free printables. Feel free to print out as many as you want!
Black – Suitable for black & white printers

Good luck with your goals for 2016! I believe in you, and I hope this calendar helps you out in achieving them. Congratulations on getting through 2015, and Happy (Almost) New Year!

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  • Ruth Lee

    YAY THANK YOU!! these have been SUPER HELPFUL, thanks for designing and sharing :D :D – from Singapore

  • Renée Yoxon

    Thank you so much for doing this again. Every year I go looking for your don’t break the chain calendar and you never disappoint. You’re the best!

  • It’s so nice of you to update this every year and offer it for free! Much appreciated! : )

  • Could you make these editable PDFs, such that we can X off the days and type in the activity/time on the lines at the top?

    • jawakitten

      This is a great idea! I don’t have easy access to a printer, but I would love to use these.

  • Daelynn Copeland

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I have been looking for something to help me stay on track with daily writing goals as I complete my dissertation. This will be invaluable for me!

  • Anonymous

    This is great, thanks!

  • Trint

    You rock. That is all. I show your calendar in my YouTube video and link to here in the “dooply-doo.”

  • Thanks, Karen. They’re gorgeous! Have a wonderful 2016!

  • I’ve been waiting for this all year! I had so much fun with last year’s and got TONS of stuff done. Thanks so much for this amazing tool!

  • Sara C.

    I’m having trouble printing this. I’m sure it’s operator error, but when I click the calendar I want to print, then my print options, the calendar is tiny in the upper corner of the page. How do I make it full size?

  • Anonymous

    These things are the best. Thank you SO MUCH for making them available every year!!

  • Teodora Perju

    It’s my first year trying to use them…
    Hey do you have problems with washi tape peeling itself off the walls? It seems to stay just fine at the begining, but given a couple of hours and…. it falls down. Even when I use washi tape on all sides like a frame…

  • Martin

    Teodora, I have had the same issue. Especially since my wallpaper has quite rough texture. I have used this thing called “Tack-it” by Faber Castell (the brand shouldn’t be important though.) It’s pretty much a reusable adhesive. It’s very similar to chewing gum.. But actually way less disgusting and way more sticky. Plus easier to get off from surfaces without damaging them :) Definite lifesaver! Plus it looks nicer than most duct tape in my option… This thing should be available in every craft/art store.

  • Thank you very much Karen. I come here every year for these calendars. I didn’t succeed in forming a chain so far, but I hope to do it this year. Thanks once again. Good day! :)

  • freewilly

    Happy New Year Karen! Just wanna say from myself and on behalf of most, “THANK YOU! so much for your great work and efforts..”, as it is greatly appreciated!! ..Now to tackle them ‘new-good-productive-learning’ habits :)

  • KaciTidwell1

    Informative article ! For what it’s worth , others require a a form , my colleague filled out and esigned a template version here

  • Kai Teng

    Thanks a lot , Karen. Just search “Don’t break the chain” in internet , and your templates showed, they are very helpful to me. Thanks again.