You would think that with the advances in technology keeping
up to date with your family’s health and happiness would be simple, but with so
many tools to choose from, it isn’t as simple as it looks. From doctor
appointments to soccer practice, keeping a busy schedule has become a balancing
act for parents. It doesn’t have to be that hard, so I put together some
simple tips and tricks to help you keep it all together.
Whiteboard: One simple solution is keeping a family whiteboard in a
central location, assigning each family member their own color of dry-erase
marker. Think of the whiteboard as a base camp. It is the place you go
to each night to set up your personal daily schedule. By assigning each person
a color, you know who is going where and what each person needs. From this one
central location, you can stay on top of each person’s busy schedule. Make sure the board is large enough to include a small schedule along
the top of the week, as well as room on the rest of the board for notes,
reminders, lists of things the family needs or wants (such as a grocery list, or
cupcake ingredients for the bake sale) and whatever else you think would help keep your
family on track.
Alerts and Reminders: Your phone and computer have two wonderful functions,
reminders and alerts. Each time you check the family whiteboard, set a reminder
on your phone and computer. On many phones and computers. it is as simple as
using voice recognition functions such as Siri or Cortana. For doctor
appointments and things of that nature, it is good to set one alarm the day
before and one for the day of. You can also use this tool when you are out and
about to record your reminders of what you need to add to the board each day.
Family Calendar: There are programs online (such as Google Calendar) where you will find
a free calendar, with great features such as color coding (are you seeing a
pattern here?), reminders and more. You can link together each family members calendar
on their computer and smartphone so everyone can see when and what is happening. At the end of each week, be sure to record any
notes or reminders for the next week from the whiteboard—that way when you put
up the new week, you will have all the information in one place.
Balancing a busy schedule and keeping your family’s health
and happiness as a priority does not have to be difficult or a lot of work. Keeping
a color-coded whiteboard that is centrally located in the home keeps everyone
aware of what’s happening each day and what is coming up in the schedule.
Setting alerts and reminders keeps you on top of everyone’s needs and by
recording each event into the family calendar, you will put balance back into