Strategies for Family Success: The Family Calendar and Planning for Priorities

Busy families everywhere are settling into the school year. September is a time for everyone in the family adjusting to new and often hectic schedules, routines and activities. Here are some ideas to help you and your family prepare for smooth running days ahead.

With everyone having different schedules, and needs, it's important to keep track of everything so that things don't get lost in the cracks. Preparation and planning again are crucial to a smooth running ship. A few minutes here will save you many headaches.

The Family Calendar and Bulletin Board

For those of you who like to have the written calendar in front of you or on the go, there are number of styles to choose from that you can drop in your purse or keep on your desk. For those of us drawn to online tools, setting up an online family calendar using sites like Google Calendar may be the way to go. Online calendars like Google Calendar can be accessed from home, work and even phone, and can be shared with by all family members, as well. Time is precious... so is your family and your job. Use available tools to plan your day and your week accordingly, and find time to spare, just for you.

Essential in keeping everyone's schedule in one place to avoid those double bookings or even worse, forgetting/missing an important event. A family calendar and bulletin board center allows you to keep track of reminders for yourself, due dates, parents' night, etc. Using a different color pen for each person's obligations is a good way to catch your eye and help the younger ones to know their schedule. Keeping a family calendar up-to-date will not only help you stay on top of things, it will also help you ensure that your kids' routine schedules are not constantly derailed.

Make Family Time a Priority by Scheduling it into the Family Calendar

Give it the attention it deserves! When you make a doctor's appointment, it always gets written on the calendar. Well, your family is just as important, and sometimes you may simply need to schedule family time into your week and mark it on the family calendar to make sure it happens. Time passes quickly and if you don't plan time to share with your family, it will continue to speed by and you will have lost opportunities to build and strengthen your family bond.

Remember to also Make Time for Yourself

With all you're doing, you need a break too! Make sure to set aside time on the calendar for YOU. What hobbies or things do you like to do? What gives you a little extra boost? Perhaps it's a walk on the beach, a scrap-booking class, or an undisturbed soak in the tub. Whatever you do, just do it! Remember the age-old saying - "If mama ain't happy -- nobody is."

Take a look at your schedule. Make sure that you pencil in time for "quality of life" things with your family, as well as for yourself. A few minutes of preparation will go a long way in terms of maintaining connections and fun along with all the other tasks of life. So, plan them out, put them on the family calendar and JUST DO IT!

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About the author:

Tressa Ryan is inspired to guide women in reaching a life that they love while taking care of themselves.

Tressa Ryan, Copyright 2003/2004

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