Posted: Jul 13, 2012 11:00 AM
 
No matter how many children you have, it can be a harrowing experience trying to remember all of your important dates and appointments. We'll outline a few hints you can use and what modern tools are available for the busy parent.

Well-baby visit on Monday, soccer practice on Wednesday, budget meeting on Friday, baseball game on Saturday... ack! One child can make your regular schedule intensify -- add another child or two and it explodes. Here are a few tips to keep it all organized.

Get a wall calendar

Get a calendar for your wall with enough space to write multiple things on each day, if needed. Sometimes you can find mom or family calendars -- pick one up if you can. Wall calendars have the advantage of being highly visible and easy to consult. Hang it in a high-traffic area, such as your kitchen.

Color code

Get a handful of different-colored thin markers and keep them in a specific place -- markers that your children are not allowed to play with. Designate each color to mean a different person, such as red for your daughter, purple for your son, green for your partner and blue for yourself. This way, you can see at a glance what everyone is up to and when.

Use your electronics

Take full advantage of an online calendar, such as Google Calendar, which can be accessed not only by any computer but by your mobile phone or other electronic device. This way you can input new appointments wherever you are and it will update automatically.

Sync and set reminders

Once every day or so, sync your online calendar with your main hard copy calendar. Choose a low-stress time of day to do it, such as after your dinner rush is over. Make sure that each appointment has an automatic reminder -- this can be an email sent to you 30 minutes prior or a certain audible alarm an hour before the event.

Consult daily

Check in with your schedule every day to keep the reminders fresh in your mind. One thing you definitely don't want to do is double schedule yourself. With these tips in mind, you will be better able to keep your schedule, if not minimized, at least manageable!

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Monica Beyer July 14, 2012
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A mom I spoke with said, "I just try to do less."