schedules work for me. having a plan is how i roll. i can be a ‘fly by the seat of my pants girl, ya know, moment to moment…’ but i usually work best when i know what’s gonna happen.
sometimes during the year, we don’t have much going on, so i don’t feel the need for a family calendar to keep us sane. if one of the boys has an appointment or matt has to go film, it goes in my blackberry and that’s it.
but it’s football season and that means lots of activities for all of us: practice, volunteer hours, car washes, all of that stuff.
this is how i keep it all straight so everyone knows:
our family calendar. it’s a white board that originally only had a calendar grid on the right side and a blank space on the left. but i really needed to see more weeks at a time so i got out my trusty ruler and sharpie and created another 5 weeks. i wrote in the days of the week and another MONTH title in sharpie so that everything else is erasable. i write in each date with a black white board marker and then each event gets a color category.
what i love about this is that i can start it anytime during the month. i am not confined to starting at the first of each month. and i can see 10 weeks at a time.
as you can see, we’re getting pretty full already and this doesn’t include the two weekend overnight trips we have planned this weekend and the following weekend (trying to get them in before we have a game every saturday), or the 3-4 days of football practice beginning on the 8th of august.
then when the end comes closer, i grab a baby wipe and a paper towel, wipe it clean and start over. this usually lasts until the new year when things chill out and we don’t need it every day.