From a scheduling standpoint, mostly I do
fine… okay… hardly mess up at all, although we missed the very first music lesson this year. Hey, in my defense, we had switched days (after years of having it on Tuesday, we moved it to Wednesday) and I was thrown. We have it down now, the lesson day, that is.
How do you get and stay organized? Here’s what I do.
First, use the calendar feature on your phone (if you have one it’s great, I almost never forget my phone). I input appointments while I am making them at the orthodontist/dentist or set up recurring music lessons/soccer practices at the beginning of the year, and (this is key) use the reminder feature.
Second, check with (better organized) friends for their ideas – always a great source of information. Some use wall calendars where every family member writes their stuff in, some share electronic calendars, and some families have one person to maintain the calendar – guess who that would be in my house? I think when the kids are younger, it’s fine to have one calendar keeper but as they get older and have more responsibility and greater independence, they should take some part of this super fun task. What? I am helping them to become responsible adults, not just shirking my duties.
Third, look online. I found a really great suggestion from the They suggest having 30 minute family meetings to keep everyone on the same page – great idea! If everyone shares info, it’s so much easier to keep up with the week.
Caution: Schedules with tweens and teens are subject to sudden and/or last minute changes.
The guide also has some great printables – weekly planner and a monthly calendar if you like to kick it old school (I like both apps and a back up written calendar). Check it out for great ideas about recharging, fundraising, study habits and, my favorite, keeping the schedule.