In this modern day and age of cell phones in our hands at any given moment, many families no longer have an “old-fashioned” calendar hanging on their wall or the side of their refrigerator. But, it is an excellent organizational tool for your time management!
Who Needs A Calendar?
Whether you are single, living alone, or living with a small or large family; a physical, easy-to-write-on, wall calendar will help you stay on task and accomplish your daily goals of things needed and things you’re wanting to get done!
Even if you use your cell phone calendar to keep track of your day to day personal activities. A wall calendar will beautifully help you add every detail of your day, and each family member’s day, to one area. That way, everything is in one space; at a glance, for each other to see what is happening! Here is a list of examples you should be putting on one calendar:
- Sporting events
- Sports practices
- Doctor’s appointments
- Date nights
- Car Maintenance (oil change, tune up, etc.)
- Monthly bill payments
- Bi-annual bill payments (property taxes, etc.)
- Hair appointments
- Special meetings
- Vacations/days off
- Special events (piano recital, concert, festival, etc.)
- House guests
Details, Details, Details…
As you can see, you need to add EVERY daily occurrence to the calendar. Especially the ones that affect other members of the family! If someone needs a ride somewhere, or needs to be picked up, people can glance at the wall calendar and see that another person is or isn’t available with their time.
An organized calendar also provides a great time management tool. You can evaluate, quite quickly, whether your life is cluttered with too much activity. You can easily see which areas are out of balance and causing difficult days that are possibly robbing your joy! As I’ve written previously in, Great Ways to Organize Your Time, too much activity in your days, is similar to too much stuff in your home…both cause great difficulty in being organized in your home and in your mind! Less stress and chaos!
So Many Options Available
There are many ways for you to achieve great success in your calendaring! A durable 12-month wall hanging calendar (still given away at some businesses and banks) is a great option. It can be hung on a wall, or inside a cabinet or closet. We have ours hanging inside our kitchen pantry! It just needs to be located somewhere that each person it effects…has access to it, and will look at it.
Another great one is the erasable white board calendar. You can havemulti-colored dry-erase markers for each family member. And switch the colors up now and then for fun! The disadvantage to the white board is; you won’t have future months all in one place. This can be problematic, if you’re planning vacations months in advance, or need to mark that a bill payment is in June, and it’s only November.
Sometimes it works to have multiple calendars, for different activities. For example: having a calendar for sporting activities and practices. Again, the disadvantage here is, not seeing everyone’s schedule together at once, to spot immediate conflicts with time.
If you have the space, a large desk calendar works well also. They usually have large boxes for each day to write in multiple activities if needed. The larger wall calendars provide this same advantage.
Each household has different dynamics and different needs, but having an orderly calendar helps each home run more smoothly and with less stress. So go enjoy organizing your calendar!
If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment, please do so below, I’d love to hear if you’re using a calendar to help get going on Your Organized Life!