Luckily there are some great tips and tools available to help you sort through schedules in a matter of minutes. There’s no need to set aside an hour of valuable time anymore!
All you need is a wall calendar, a desk calendar notepad, some colorful pens, post it notes and washi tape. To get started follow these four tips to help you plan the week over a cup of your favorite coffee or tea.
Tips to Help Plan Your Week in 5 Minutes or Less
Tip #1 Create a Master Calendar
Pick up a traditional paper calendar the next time you’re at Target. Or, make one yourself as a weekend DIY project. A homemade chalkboard calendar would work well in any entryway! If you’re short on time, try a vinyl chalkboard decal calendar for the wall. Many are removable so you can hang it in a different location whenever you like. When it doubt, a magnetic yearly calendar to hang on the kitchen fridge will also do the trick.
Then, gather a list of birthdays, vacations, days off from school and holidays important to you and your family. Note these on the master calendar. Be sure to hang in a central location so each family can see what is coming each month. Do this at the beginning of each month, instead of trying to plan the whole year in one sitting.
Tip #2 Focus On One Week at a Time
Too often we find ourselves looking so far into the future that life starts feel overwhelming. Use a weekly calendar notepad to help you focus on just what is coming up over the next seven days. You can even personalize the notepad with your family name. Then, consult your master family calendar to add special dates of note during the week and fill in as needed. This can be a huge time saver instead of stressing over planning a whole month in one sitting.
Tip #3 Track Activities Separately
Instead of putting every single activity and event on the Master Calendar, use a smaller weekly grid calendar notepad for sports, activities and meetings. Hang this in a place for everyone to see, like the refrigerator, or keep it in your own personal planner.
Tip #4 Organize With Color
Set up a system based on color, extra sticky notes, special pens or stickers. Use this to track activities, events, important dates, deadlines and meeting for everyone in the house. This is where you can experiment with fun colored pens, markers, stickers and washi tape from your favorite scrapbook or craft store. Assign each person a color, then use those colors to flag events throughout the week. At a quick glance you’ll be able to see who needs to be where.
Organizing your week can be fun if you have the right tools. Just add a bit of color and find creative ways to mark your calendar notepad. Now hopefully you’ll have more time to tackle the growing family to-do list!