Family Scheduling

Keeping track of the family’s schedule can be an arduous task. When children are involved, everything becomes substantially more complex and often, the right hand of the family doesn’t have a clue what the left is doing. A parent with a high-powered or demanding career will often be unable to retain any information about the children’s after-school activities and commitments, and this can lead to serious strife between parents as well as drama with the kids when a parent keeps forgetting plays, matches and other performances. So why not adapt your house ever so slightly to ensure these problems are prevented?

The most popular way to deal with the scheduling issues of a family is by using a calendar, allowing you to see an entire month’s commitments at a glance. This is a reasonable method, but you will need to ensure every party concerned looks at it regularly. As it rarely changes in any big way, it can be difficult for people to get accustomed to checking the calendar, but if you do decide to go for this option ensure it is kept in an easily accessible space that is a main thoroughfare. The kitchen is a common place, but anywhere you’re sure everyone involved will be regularly is a good space.

A day-to-day diary is another popular option. While this is a good way to keep track of things requiring more information, as you’ll be able to pencil in extensive notes where needed. These can include reminders to take items to school or to get certain chores finished. Using differently coloured inks for different members of the family allows them to easily distinguish what they need to do, but obviously you can only display a couple of days at a time which makes it harder to see the entire week’s work at a glance.

The best way to go about keeping track of your family’s schedules and obligations is also the most invasive. It involves extensive use of whiteboards, but it will allow you to really overhaul the extent to which everyone knows what is expected of them and will make a huge change to everyone’s ability to keep track of events and obligations. Make sure you have a selection of whiteboard markers as well as cleaning solution and an appropriate sponge or wiper. You’ll also want a permanent marker and a ruler. Buy two whiteboards – one is your daily whiteboard and one your weekly. Partition each; the weekly whiteboard needs one partition per day of the week and the daily one needs a partition for the date and the day of the week. By drawing these on with permanent markers you’ll enable yourself to clean the whiteboards without removing the markings you’ll need on a daily basis. Now attach both whiteboards to the wall in your high-traffic area of choice. You’ll be able to keep rough track of the week by penning in the obligations on a set day every week, but each day you can write more notes on the daily board. Every morning, your family has but to glance at the daily board to see what they are expected and required to do. Result! And as the daily board changes every day, curiosity will keep them looking and soon a habit will have formed; this will keep the method working.

Of course, all these methods rely on someone to keep the fires going and you will need to commit to updating boards, calendars, or diaries as often as required. But with a few screws and some minor purchases, you can optimise your home for harmony and armour it against forgetfulness.

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