Don’t Break the Chain Calendar 2017 ~ Free Motivational Tool Printable

It’s finally here! You guys have been asking me for months if I’d be making a Don’t Break the Chain calendar for 2017 and of course the answer is yes! If you’re not familiar with the calendar, it’s a motivational tool where you pick a goal of something you want to do every day (for example, going for a run or practicing an instrument). Once you do it on that day, you cross off that day on the calendar, and eventually you’ll have built up such a long chain that you won’t want to break it by skipping a day. Keep reading for the free printable and also for a NEW expanded version of the calendar!

The design of this year’s calendar is pretty similar to last year’s with one major change – I removed the “time” line. If you still want to do something for a certain amount of time, you can definitely write that on the activity line (for example, write your novel for 30 minutes a day). But, if yours isn’t as time based (for example, run a mile every day), than I thought it looked a bit cluttered.

Here is the black and white PDF to download and print.

And here are the colors:

But wait, there’s more! I also designed an expanded version of the calendar, with room to write a little note on each day. If your goal activity is more broad, for example to do some form of exercise every day, then this lets you keep track of exactly what you’ve done. If you come up with other creative ways to use it, I’d love to see pictures!

Download the 3-page PDF here.

I hope you guys like this calendar and the new expanded calendar I came up with! I’d love to see photos of your completed 2016 calendars, so feel free to tag me in those on Twitter and Instagram!

In the meantime, I have lots of Christmas DIYs going up on my YouTube channel and Facebook page, so if you haven’t been watching over there, I’d love it if you checked it out! Happy Holidays and Happy 2017!

  • Amy

    Thank you so much for making these. They really helped me stay on track with my 2016 goals <3

    • Ruth Lee

      yes!! agreed :)

  • Karen, thank you so much! Especially this year with the new additions! I look forward to this every year. Very much appreciated. : )

  • Vanessa

    These are amazing, thank you! I used one of your calendars in 2015 and then did not in 2016 and noticed a huge difference. Printing these out again as they are so helpful. Also, they are so beautiful!

  • So glad you keep making these calendars! I’ve used them the past two years and they’re so helpful.

  • Niobe S

    Thank you very much!! It’s perfect!

  • amir

    karen, thanks you very much … it’s helpful

  • Ujala

    Hey! I am loving this. I am already using the concise one and now I have downloaded the detailed one for cooking (will be writing what I cook each day). I was wondering if you have one for once a week kind of goals.

  • Derek Gurney

    These are great. Just printed my 5th one. Having something beautiful to interact with makes it so much more compelling to use. Request for next year: a version with the week starting on Monday. I’ve converted all my calendars to Monday start, as it aligns with how I think about my week

  • Michael Sanders

    I Googled and found your printable. Thanks Karen!

  • Carol

    Thanks! These are awesome! Would love 2018 too please and thank you! =)

  • Di Ann

    Love your 2017 calendar…..hope to see 2018 soon! Please and thank you !!!!!

  • SH

    will you please make a 2018 one? love this!

  • Michael Patzer
  • Kristen Dougherty Slay

    I hope you make one of these for 2018! I’d really love to use it if you do :)