If it isn’t on the calendar it isn’t happening in my life. I have many things to remember with a busy family in church, school, activities and civic groups. I ashamedly admit I have forgotten birthday parties and meetings in the past. But, now, I try to stay on top of all that happens with our family in the calendar section of our family notebook. Let me walk you through how I have my calendar section arranged:
- Pocket folder for notes
- Full-year calendar on one page
- Monthly calendars
- Master birthday/anniversary list
Flylady has some great tips on how to use a calendar. This is a brief synopsis: Click here for the entire article.
- Family Events: At the first of the year, write in all family birthdays and anniversaries.
- Schedules: As soon as you receive a schedule of events from anything that family member participates in, fill it in IMMEDIATELY!! If you can’t write them down right away, place them in the pocket folder in the calendar section and deal with as soon as you have the opportunity.
- Invitations: Determine if you will be able to attend the event and write it down right away. RSVP immediately while you are holding the invitation. Then, once you have written down all the information from the invitation, you can toss it. Or, if you feel it’s needed, place the invitation in the pocket folder.
- Appointments: When you schedule an appointment, look at the calendar first. Then, after you have the appointment scheduled write it down. If you have an errand day, it’s generally a good rule to plan appointments on that day.
And for our family, I have found it extremely useful to assign a different color for each person in our family and then a color for events that include all our family. That way, I can tell by a quick glance who is doing what on which days just because it’s color-coded.
The key to making a calendar work is being disciplined enough to fill it in as soon as you get the information in your hand. Once you conquer this discipline, you will be amazed at how easily the calendar will work for you.