As a wife, step-mom, teacher & writer, people are always asking me “How do you do it?” I wish that I secretly figured out a way to get a few extra hours, that just isn’t the case. My friends, family and acquaintances are always amazed at how I “keep it all together.” So here is my system:
Both of my calendars are color coordinated. I have assigned the following colors:
Blue is for home stuff/family stuff
Green is for financial stuff – paydays and bill due dates
Orange is for work (teacher related stuff) – my school’s colors are blue and orange
Pink is for my social stuff/personal stuff – birthdays, girl’s nights, etc. Pink is also where I keep up with my writing goals/deadlines and just so happens to be my favorite color.
Purple is for holidays
Black is for my husband’s appointments/dates
I use the same colored ink in my paper planner so everything always “matches”. The nice thing about Google Calendar is that you can “share” calendars with others. So the home calendar and my husband’s calendar can be shared through his Google account and his phone. That way we are literally always on the same page. If you have children, assign them a color and if they are old enough (e.g. High School) you can even have them “keep up” with their own schedule. It is a wonderful lesson in time management/family organization.
Also, my other rule of thumb is to never promise or agree to any date without checking the calendar first. That way you avoid double booking.
My other rule of thumb is to write everything down. I never trust myself to remember anything and to avoid a scheduling conflict I always write down commitments I make.
Remember, you are only human and can only be in one place at one time. There are some people who go all paper or all digital and there are advantages to both but I personally need the notebook (and it works well to have the dates alongside the calendar) and I have to keep up with so much information that I’d die without the digital option.
Any special tips for how you organize your life – schedule or time wise?