Use a Calendar

Welcome to 'Day  24' in the month long series of articles cataloging
 Simple Organizing Solutions!  

A key tool to keeping organized through writing things down is by utilizing some type of calendar. 

Whether you use a personal planner, a traditional wall hanging calendar or an electronic calendar - tracking your events, activities and appointments beyond the day-to-day is crucial. 

Eliminate the pressure to recall all that you are responsible for purely by memory. 

Review your calendar briefly every evening as you plan and prepare for the following day ahead as well as a more in depth study at least once a week to have a good understanding where your time is going and to ensure you don't over-commit on one particular day etc.  I like to have an in depth review on Sunday nights to help set the stage for a peaceful, orderly and productive week ahead.

If you are married and/or have a family, sit down with them once a week to review personal and family commitments a bit together as well so everyone is on the same page with what to expect.  This is especially important if there are several transportation and/or child care needs to cover.

If you are managing several family members schedules on one calendar, I would definitely recommend assigning a specific color to each family members particular events so it's easy to see at-a-glance who needs to be where and when.

Here is link to a free printable calendar for 2013-2014 if you don't yet have a calendar, but are ready to commit to this habit right now:

Here's a link to a few  creative family calendar solutions.

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