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Managing Multiple Schedules

Aug 28, 2017 12:04PM ● By The Hood Magazine

By: Andrea Conover, ‘Hood Magazine

We’ve rounded up four of the best options for keeping your schedule (and your life) manageable. Whether you prefer a digital app, a traditional planner, or even something a bit more unique, there’s an option out there to make your life easier.

1) Traditional planner

            There are hundreds of options when it comes to a tried and true paper planner. Do you prefer a monthly view? A weekly view? Grids, lines or check boxes? No matter what your style is, there’s a planner for you. Get in the habit of writing your appointments down immediately after they are made, and you’ll never be stuck with a double booking again.

2) Google Calendar

            Google Calendar is one of the most popular scheduling apps out there. It has very few bells and whistles, but it’s simple, easy to use, and free with the gmail account you probably already have. It offers reminders, syncing between devices and other online calendars, as well as sharing with other Google Calendar users. Get your family members set up to share their calendars with you, and you’ll be able to confirm availability for appointments or events with just the click of a button.

3) Dry-erase or chalkboard

            If you’re a visual person, hanging a chalkboard or whiteboard somewhere in your home may be the best option for you. Pinterest offers endless DIY inspiration in this area—you can keep the board simple or go to town on decorations. Either way, a chalkboard or whiteboard is like a physical version of Google Calendar. Hang it somewhere central in your home—the kitchen or entryway, perhaps—and encourage your family members to write in their schedules as events crop up.

4) Setting routine tasks (and actually completing them!)

            One way to keep yourself from drowning in your responsibilities is to make sure that at least some of them always get done. Set up a routine where, no matter what, on Mondays you clean the bathroom or on Tuesday afternoons, you wash the car. It may seem extreme, but scheduling out these recurring tasks helps slim down your to-do list. You’ll never have to think about making time to clean the bathroom amidst piano recitals and doctors’ appointments because you set the time aside already.