It’s January 1st, and in my opinion, there’s no better way to kick off a new year than to get organized! And you can’t be organized without some sort of calendar system in place; and today I’m going to share mine with you. Note that this system is for my home and family, not for business. So, if you are looking for an easy way to organize your family, keep reading!
A new year calls for a new calendar; if you haven’t gotten one for already, you can head to Dollar Tree to find them for $1; and of course the calendar kiosks at the shopping malls are now discounting the 2018 versions as much as 75% off. I use a two calendar system to stay organized. I use an At-A-Glance Monthly Calendar as my main date book; it lives in a little nook in the kitchen next to the telephone and grocery list. All family appointments and other household dates (everything from birthdays to trash pickup days) goes in this book. The central location ensures that everyone in the house constantly sees the calendar and is reminded of upcoming events. And since it’s right next to the refrigerator, I also use magnets to put up appointment cards as backup reminders.
My second calendar is a small pocket-sized book; again, they sell these at Dollar Tree as well as most big box retailers such as Target and Walmart. This portable calendar lives in my purse; I sync it with the family calendar to ensure that I always know our schedule at home or out and about. When I make a new appointment, it immediately gets put on to both calendars. Note that you can also use the calendar app on your smart phone rather than a paper version; I personally find it easier to write things down.
It’s important to remember that I use these calendars for the family, not for my business. Unless I have an actual business appointment, nothing regarding my job goes in these calendars. They are strictly for keeping my household organized. Depending on the size of your family, you may find you need a larger calendar and that it may need to hang on a wall. Where you place it, it’s important that it be in a central location where everyone can see it. I personally prefer the monthly layout so that I can see exactly what is coming up for the entire month. While a weekly plan works for my business planning, a monthly version works better for the household.
If you don’t already have an at-home AND portable calendar system in place, it’s super easy and affordable to start. If you have older children and/or another adult in your household that needs to be aware of appointments while out of the house, you’ll want to encourage them to have a portable calendar, too. If your phones are on a family plan, you may be able to sync your calendars that way.
Do you have a calendar system? Leave me a comment below letting me know!