All of us seem busier than ever these days and with so many commitments especially around the holiday season, whether it is work (or days off from work), a dentist appointment, sports events or another meeting, we need to make sure we try to keep track of these commitments. Time management is essential! Otherwise, you will feel like you are running in circles and getting absolutely nothing accomplished.
I still use a day planner from Franklin Covey. You would think that, of all people who would not like to have paper around, I would use my phone or Outlook. However, I am still stuck in the 80’s. I love my paper calendar!! There is something special to me if I write it down and I feel more committed to my calendar. I will suggest if you use a paper calendar please use a PENCIL to write your appointments rather than a pen! I can not tell you how many times I see other persons’ calendar with blue and black ink scribbles all over their pages. How can you possibly read it after so many scribbles?!?!?
After you decide what type of calendar you want to use, make sure it is in a format you that will hold all of your family’s appointments. I prefer the “Week at a Glance” calendar. This way I see what is going on at school, my work appointments, doctor appointments and soccer games for the entire week. I check my calendar every night and I always look it over carefully on Sunday afternoon just to get an idea of how busy our upcoming week is going to be. If you really want to live on the edge you could always put a menu plan on your calendar too! I know, I know, now I am talking CRAZY!!!
Try to fill in monthly/yearly appointments for which you already have known commitments. Add birthdays to your calendar, school activities, practices, games and any other activities to which your family has made positive advance commitments. This will help you be well prepared in advance, instead of writing it in every week.
I place our family calendar on a plate holder so that my family can check the calendar any time they wish. I try to highlight school activities so the boys see it more quickly and I highlight their games in color. If you remind your children to check the calendar on a regular basis, this will help them to understand scheduling and time management. When they each have a game scheduled at the exact same time, this will help them to understand that both parents can not possibly be at both games. They are going to have to realize that sometimes you have to make a decision to split up so each of their games is covered. Sometimes it is easier to “see” the problem instead of hearing it. I don’t know about your children but my boys just hear “whawhawhawhawha” or is it that they don’t listen?? That is for another blog!
Life is much easier when you are ahead of the game and know exactly what is on your calendar for tomorrow, the week and the month!
Author Michelle Lehman of Organizing Solutions “Clear the Clutter”Michelle is a Professional Organizer in the Tulsa area. Her articles have been featured in the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, and The Chicago Post-Tribune. Michelle appears on Fox23 News DayBreak giving organizing tips and recommendations. Photo credit: oanabefort via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA