We all know what time to get to school, work and sports, but what about everything else in life? With the chaos that seems to follow back to school time, families often find themselves struggling to get everything done that they need. It is simple to know what you need to do, but how do you convey that to your family so that you are all on the same page and can get everything done? Sounds impossible, doesn’t it.
It actually isn’t. There are some tools you can implement with your own family to help you all stay on schedule and know what is going on. While there are many ideas here, not all of them will be applicable to every family. You’ll need to look through this list and when you see the one you feel is “doable” then go with it. Don’t worry that it may not be the most tech-savvy or efficient method. What matters most is that works for your family. Period.
Print Your Calendar. You can do this on a monthly or even daily basis. You can keep this in a central location. We actually put our monthly calendar on the refrigerator. Then, as things come up during the month, we just jot them down. This way, everyone sees it every morning. It is easy to notice it all at a glance and see what is coming up that evening.
Use An On-Line Calendar. This is a great one for that very tech savvy family, where everyone has an electronic device. You can use a free service, such as the Google Calendar, and share it with your entire family. You can all add your events to it as they come up and then, everyone will be notified.
You can also try another system too, such as Cozi. The one thing I like about this program is that you can even incorporate a shopping list and other items. That way, if someone has to stop by the store, they can pick up everything that the family needs – saving you time. They offer a ree version and you can even try the paid version for free for a period of time, which allows you to find out if it works for you or not (before you spend any money).
Have a Weekly Meeting. Set time aside one day of the week (Sunday evenings are often a great idea). Sit down and go over everything as a family. This will ensure that everyone knows what is going on. This is perfect when you have older kids who “forget” to tell you about something coming up for the following week.
Use A Poster Board. When you have younger kids, it can be difficult for them to understand the importance of a schedule. This is when you can sit down and use a large poster board for them. Make a grid. At the top, put each child’s name. Along the side, list the chores and things that they need to do. As they complete each one, they can place a sticker on it and see that they are getting things done.
Don’t be afraid to fail at your schedule. That is how you will most easily find the the best way to use a schedule that works. Failure isn’t a bad thing – it is just a jumping off point.