Managing Family Schedules

Today’s world is one of ever-increasing activity. Families rush around from one thing to the next, juggling work, school, numerous extra activities,

Balancing It All!

and maybe (if they are lucky) some sort of social life. Understandably, this is often a hectic and stressful process for all those involved. Parents in particular may find it difficult to orchestrate the numerous soccer practices, ballet lessons, and swim meets their children must attend. And that is not even mentioning any extra time that might be required for work or other activities not related to their kids.

So how can you make all these thing work without ripping your hair out in frustration? Well, the best way is to streamline your planning. This can be accomplished with a number of methods, but they all essentially boil down to planning your activities in advance and in detail to avoid hassles and confusion.

You can use some kind of organizer or planner as a central point for your family’s activities. This can be a professionally designed system, such as those you might find in office supply stores, or it can be a simple ring-binder notebook. Divide the notebook into sections for each family member, and use it to keep track of any appointments and dates, as well as notes and important phone numbers.

Bring your family together once a week to make out a master schedule for the week and place it in the front of the binder. This should include any activities your children will need to be taken to, and who will be taking them. This will prevent the confusion over who needs to go where, which is far too commonplace without any scheduling. This also gives you a good idea of just how full your schedule is, and will help you determine if you need to cut back on anything to make your schedules easier to manage.

Comments

  1. Great ideas, Tracy. :) I especially love the idea to have the whole family schedule planned out each week. We actually have a big Write-on/wipe-off calendar hanging right on our kitchen wall in the breakfast area. It really does seem to help keep everyone on the same page. Another tool I just recently discovered is Cozi.com It’s yet another online calendar thing, but I like it because you can set up different schedules for each member of the family and have reminders sent via e-mail and/or text message. Another nice tool for family communication and scheduling is Jott.com. Hope these things are helpful to your readers. Have a lovely 2011!

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