Back from the beach...and back to reality! My darling husband did an excellent job while I was away of keeping everyone on their chore schedule while he took care of the laundry and the yard. (He is loving my new washer & dryer now.) But, I still need to get us 'ready' for the upcoming week. Plus, I am trying to get us organized. (Who am I kidding? It's really me that needs organizing.)
First, I am trying to find a calendar system. I have tried a planner in the past...and honestly, if I stay on top of it, it works well. But it is a lot of work to stay on top of it.
I am currently using (1) a calendar on the side of the refrigerator for sports and family schedules, (2) a Windows calendar on my office computer with company schedules/doctor's & dentist's appointments/large events, and (3) my iTouch calendar for some of my stuff.
Needless to say, this 'system' isn't working. My problem is that I am not in the same place for calendaring everything in one place. I am at home when I get the kids school schedules. I am at work when I call to make appointments for myself and the family. I am in the car when someone calls and tells me of an upcoming event. And so on....
I don't really want the extra responsibility of lugging around a planner. I already walk out of the house with a purse, my keys, my cell phone, a cup of coffee and often, a beach bag full of mail that needs to be opened or work that I brought home or that I need to take home or that I need to file...you get the picture.
I am learning to use the Windows calendar at work more efficiently by utilizing the alerts to remind me of appointments or important tasks that must be completed monthly (or quarterly). I also love that I can color co-ordinate the various calendars to more easily identify who is affected by each entry.
The one on the refrigerator isn't working at all. As a matter of fact, Bri went to add some info to it last week and found that it was still on March! Without the boys being involved in a sport right now, there is no information to record.
So, I would be interested to know what has worked for you. I am considering a PDA...but that would be like carrying around another iTouch. Is there an application for my iTouch that might work? I haven't checked yet. (Brian is just now teaching me about applications. I have Sudoku and the Bible on there so far.) Is a planner still the best thing going? If so, how do I get reminders for those things that are not a regular part of my schedules (like paying quarterly taxes or getting the monthly billing out on time each month)?
I would really appreciate your words of wisdom...and even your 'don't try this at home' stories. Sometimes knowing what didn't work helps to figure out what does!
2 years ago