This is it! The year you get the crazy, joyous adventure you call life organized and under control. Well, at least a little better than last year, perhaps?
We’ve got your back! These four easy steps will have your family falling in line and marching into a fantastic 2017.
Establish a Family Calendar
Successfully managing multiple schedules requires the proper tools. Foremost, you need a calendar that works for your family. Whether it’s a paper planner like the Mom’s Ultimate Family Organizer: A One-Stop Planner for Busy Moms or apps such as Google or Cozi, finding the right tool for your family is the first step to getting a handle on your busy life.
Schedule The Basics
Having the right tools is half the battle. To make the most of them, you need to use them regularly. Schedule some time at the beginning of the year to sit down alone with a warm cup of tea and schedule the basics – healthy home maintenance, school calendars, vacations, personal healthcare maintenance (like your regular dental cleanings*). Having these in place will help you see the big picture and make day-to-day planning easier. Search the web for helpful checklists to jog your memory about events you want to schedule and tasks that you want to accomplish throughout the year.
Create a Communication Station
The goal of any family planning should be to minimize stress. The more everyone in your family knows about what’s coming up, the smoother things will flow for you and your family. You may even want to consider instituting a rule that, if it’s not on the calendar, it’s not a priority. A good way to get your family in the swing of communicating is to create a central communication station. This could be as simple as creating a few decorative dry erase boards like these from The Chic Site for jotting things down to establishing a command central similar to the one from The Caldwell Project.
Hold Regular Family Meetings
Important information can get lost in the flurry of conversation that happens when trying to talk while getting ready in the morning or on the ride to school. Commit your family to a brief 15 minutes each week to look at the week together. A little time after Sunday dinner or just before tucking in on Sunday is ideal and will ensure your family kicks off the week on the right foot.
*You can set your regular cleanings for 2017, today, by calling (615) 790-8494.