Keep Your Family Calendar Balanced for Back-to-School


Back-to-school is one of the toughest times to get your family organized, but it's also the most important times to be organized.

There's one tool you can use for back-to-school organization time that will outshine all the others.

It's the trusty Family Calendar and it can easily become the most important tool in the house. With a few simple steps:

• Get your family involved in planning -- after Sunday night dinner, spend 15 minutes over dessert planning the week ahead
• Go over and update your schedules for school, sports, clubs, work, and social activities
• Make everyone responsible for bringing their own schedules and for updating their info into the shared family calendar
• Create a reminder system so duties are remembered on the day-of - use some type of reminder on your smartphone or computer, or a visual cue such as a wall calendar or sticky notes in your planner or notebook a.
• Split chores or to-dos for each family member - rather than assign them, have a big list and let the group decide who should do each
• Discuss deadlines and expectations whenever possible so that there is clear understanding and less chance of slip-ups
• Reward individual contribution - always allow individual members to crossoff their own to-dos and enjoy that feeling of satisfaction; also, set-up a treat or allowance system for kids

Think about it, there's so much to deal with: new morning routines, new daily patterns, and new afternoon commitments. It's a full-scale time management crises in the making, especially for you if you're in charge of organizing and scheduling.

Change this routine now and use this great back to school advice for a more organized back-to-school season.

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