Keeping tabs on a single individual can be stressful during the best of times. Managing to keep up with the various activities that the average family engages in can be positively grueling. To keep from losing track of what kid has practice on what day, or which kid has a recital during that week and so on it is important to devise a family calendar.
Iannucci (2016) implies that by creating a calendar of events and making it visible to the entire family it is easier to remember important dates. This in turn can keep the family from imploding when schedules conflict. By creating an orderly system that states the date, time, and location of each event, families can hopefully make arrangements with less friction and more fluidity.
The Family Calendar
There are always materials that can be purchased at the local store or entire calendars that are ready to be used. While these ready-made calendars can be useful, they often don’t offer enough space for every activity your family enjoys. To offset this there are a number of DIY methods that can supplement if not replace the premade calendars. Those include:
1) Magnets make it interesting.
A calendar that gets noticed gets used more often, particularly if it is customized to the family. Use different-colored magnets that can identify with different family members, and even make your own to add even more personality.
2) Dry erase boards can be easily customized.
The wonderful thing about dry erase boards is that you don’t necessarily need to spend the extra money on a premade calendar. You can by a blank dry erase board and make your own calendar that can be erased every month. Or you can even print out a calendar and frame it behind a sheet of laminate, thereby creating a calendar that can be used indefinitely.
3) Sticky notes can come in handy.
They’re small, they’re simple, and best of all they can be moved about and taken down once they’ve been used. The only detractor is that they do tend to create a bit of clutter and are able to take up most single boxes on the standard-sized calendars.
The majority of ideas that you might come up with for your family calendar are usually dependent upon one or two individuals jotting down the important dates and times. If this is the case, then a calendar for the rest of the family might be a common courtesy. Other methods can prove just as effective whether the rest of the family breaks into the habit or not. Those ideas include:
1) Using a traditional binder can help keep both ideas and necessary details.
This method will likely be used by one or two people in the family. If utilized for a long enough period, it could become a habit that is picked up by one’s children as well. It involves more work and effort to keep updated and current with the family’s activities, but can be highly beneficial as a means of keeping everything straight. Plus, once the events come and go they can be removed from the binder to make space for new dates and times.
2) Create your own planner.
Much along the same lines as a binder, a planner is a slightly truncated version that will more likely than not be used by the family’s chief planner. This individual will likely always be aware of what’s going on and be able to coordinate dates and times so that family members are always aware of when they have an event coming up.
Planning out activities for a family is a stressful process. With the ideas mentioned above however it can become an ordered and well-structured system that will allow you and your family to make sense of your chaotic schedule.
Iannucci, Lisa. “A DIY Calendar To Keep Your Family Organized.” Care.com. 2016. Web. 21 Aug. 2016.