In a mere 5 weeks, our family of 3 will expand to a family of 4. The impending arrival of our daughter Emaleigh has given birth to intense desires to organize the various areas of our family life. I want to create processes that will help the hubby and I to be more effective spouses and parents – and for our household to run smoother.
Moreover, if things are organized, then it is much easier for me to delegate tasks to extended family members who are offering their assistance in the weeks prior to and immediately after Emaleigh’s birth.
To kick-off this organizational process, I wanted to revamp the way the hubs and I keep our calendars. Therefore, I followed the lead of the amazing Cassie at Back To Her Roots and created multiple Google Calendars to track all of the Lee Family Activity
The Calendars I created are:
- Birthdays, Holidays and Events – This is where I track our extended family birthdays, holidays we observe or family events (i.e. reunions) that we need to attend.
- Blogging Schedule – This is a calendar that I use solely for reminding me of posts that I want to create. Right now, this calendar is more of a suggestion than a to-do. But I am hopeful that I will use this tool more in the coming months.
- Kim’s Personal Calendar – I use this calendar for tracking hair appointments, manicure appointments, lunch dates with friends etc. Things that I may not to pertain to our family but allows Micheal to see where I may be at any given point.
- Kim’s Work Calendar – Unlike Micheal, my job may have me in a variety of locations in any given week. I created this work calendar to show my appointments and meetings – it is helpful to Micheal because at a glance he knows if there is a good reason he’s very pregnant wife is not answering her office telephone.
- Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church – This calendar is used to document upcoming events at our church.
- Our Family Calendar – This calendar is where I document our daughter’s activities, doctor’s appointments, bill due dates, etc.
The Google Calendars are shared between Micheal and I – and sync with both our smart phones and tablets.
However, because there is a tiny part of me that is old school. I keep a master calendar in my beloved Erin Condren Planner. I like having a paper back-up in the event that my technology is not handy (hello..dead battery!)
The final piece to this scheduling puzzle are the Daily Command Center Printables . Each evening, I set down and fill this out for the next day. Then it is hung on our fridge. This has been especially helpful for quick references. I envision that this will be great sources of info for the myriad of helping hands that will be in our home soon. I can also see our daughters referring to this as they get older (‘Hey look, today I need to dust my room!’)
So tell me, how do you organize your family’s schedule?