Calendar – Tip #25
When my husband was away, I was great (if I do say so myself) about keeping a calendar with everything and anything on it. The kids even got into the habit of looking at it (I know you may be thinking that is a small accomplishment but it really isn’t in my world!). It really helped to keep us organized and maintained some sanity. Then my husband got home and all routines fell apart and the calendar was just taking up space on the board in the kitchen. After two weeks of missing appointments, never knowing where everyone was, being totally out of sync and becoming really frustrated we quickly realized that it was something small that made a huge difference!
I took my own advice and…
1) Asked that everyone put their things on the main kitchen calendar (it isn’t overly helpful to me to know that it is in your phone calendar…) and did the first input with everyone right there to get them started
2) Colour coded the calendar for people so that you would know which things were yours by quickly looking
3) Went over the calendar once a week at dinner (for the following week) so we all knew what was happening, who needs to be taken places, etc.
4) Printed out 3 months at a time so we also knew what things were coming up in the next months that were important too
5) Took a picture of the calendar and texted it to everyone
While I know that we are all in the era where we generally believe that technology can do it faster and more efficiently, this printed calendar in the kitchen may have actually saved the lives of my husband and children as I was teetering on the edge of insanity with the chaos!
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