Friday, August 3, 2007

Daily/Weekly/Monthly Schedules

Does anyone have busy schedules and feel like it is hard to keep up with everything. I sure do. Here's one way that I stay sane, keep organized, and remember each days activities. I don't know about you, but if I don't have a schedule in front of me I tend to forget things.

Here are copies of our monthly schedules. I write in each family members activities. Then I highlight each family members activities with a different color.

I highlighted everything that was a family activity in green.

I highlighted Al's activities in yellow.


Mine in orange.

Derek's in blue.

Megan's in pink.


This keeps me organized and on top of each days activities.


I have this out on my counter top at all times.


(click to enlarge schedules)












Does anyone else have any other ideas for daily, weekly, or monthly scheduling??










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18 comments:

Amber said...

Lori, this is a GREAT idea! You are one VERY clever women, not to mention ORGANIZED!

God Bless,
Amber

TCC said...

I do this too but maily during the school year. During the summer - right now anyway - there is mostly family stuff.

Now, because of my volunteering responsibilities, I have a planner in my purse as well.

Short Stop said...

Wow, this is definitely a great idea! Mine are too little to be doing any activities on their own yet, but I will tuck this one away for future reference! Thanks for sharing, Lori!

TCC said...

Ohhh...I do have a question though. The calendar that I highlighted we hung on the back of our basement door. I am looking to put one on my counter as well. What one would you recommend?

Lori said...

I would say what ever works best for you. Where you will be able to have easy access to it.
I like mine on the counter or desk simply because it is easy to get to and in a spot where I see it all the time.

MorningSong said...

I like my calendar to be visible too! I used to have a computerized calendar thing at work and my co-workers would laugh at me b/c I always printed my calendar! I love to scratch things off of real paper - computers do not allow that much needed sense of accomplishment. Great advice Lori.

Heidi Jo said...

i have a dry-erase monthly calendar on my frig. it works spectacular for day to day stuff...although i need a bigger version, i'm discovering.

the only drawback is that what i use to write on my traditional wall calendar (like appointments and special happenings) i don't any more and i use to be able to use that as a reminder at the end of each year....

Dawnelle said...

great idea!

Christy. said...

I have a monthly calendar and write everything on that but on Sundays I transfer the week onto a weekly white board calendar. I divide it into three sections for each day: dinner plan, daily acivities and chore for the day. It works well for me to see what I need to accomplish and how busy my week will be.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Wow Lori - great setup!

Andrea said...

I color code activities, too, but mainly during the summer because we are SO much busier then. (However, I do it during the school year, too.) I did a post awhile back, feel free to check it out:

http://dathfamily.blogspot.com/2007/06/summer-activities.html

Each activity is a different color - I sometimes run out of highlighter colors and have to double up! I just hate that. I'm sure as the kids get older it will come in handier during the school year.

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

I do the same thing. Just one glance tells you who has something going on!

Kris said...

I really like this idea and with my son starting kindergarten this year, and soccer, we might need the extra help in keeping visually organized!
Thanks!
K

Lori said...

Sorry tcc. I didn't really answer your question correctly.
We were heading out the door this morning for the Twin Cities...so I was in a rush.

I print blank monthly calendars from the computer. Then fill them in as I go. This seems to work for me. We are just as busy during the summer as the school year. I hope you find something that works for you.

Momma Roar said...

What great ideas Lori - once my kids start getting more involved with activities, I'll definately be doing the color coded thing!

3boyz said...

Lori!!

Great post. I used to have to schedule everything this way but I have a great new system that I love! I have a post ready to go about it but you will just have to wait and see ....

3boyz said...

When we all started having activities, I purchased a big desk calendar from Office Max. Purchase there brand and its about $2.50. It has lines to make things neat, has holes so it can be hung up and is big so you can get everything in there. Plus a little space for notes.

Dawn said...

I use the More Time Moms calendar, as it has lots of space to write on, and have assigned each family member a color, leaving red for the entire family and brown for birthdays and anniversaries. I use colored pencils which I keep in a cup by the calendar along with a white-out tool. The calendar hangs by the phone, so it is easy to consult when I am making appointments, etc.