Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Family organisation for the new year
Happy new year to all my readers! Hope Christmas was a good time wherever you were and a chance to spend quality time with your loved ones.
Two Christmas presents I take a lot of enjoyment from each year are my Moleskine diary and in recent years a family calendar that hangs in our kitchen. Last year I discovered the K Two family calendars (pictured) which have five columns (one for each family member) and a handy pocket for each month where you can store things like party invitations, tickets or other relevant papers for that particular month. I find this format of calendar really helpful to keep me organised. The separate columns are ideal for keeping track of play dates, doctor's appointments etc for each of the children (my husband's column and mine never seem to be so filled up!). There is also an additonal column to note birthdays.
I still like a physical diary to write appointments in and as I've written about before, I keep a one-line journal too. I suppose one day I will probably convert to using a calendar on my phone or online somehow but I'm not ready for it yet. My sister-in-law was telling me about the calendar on the iPad which she thought looked good for keeping on top of everything for the family and she also pointed out the advantage of using reminders on your phone or other device for things like weekly classes / lessons for the kids which I hadn't thought of before. Seems like a handy way to ensure you get where you are supposed to be!
Of course I am one of those people who likes writing stuff down generally. I like writing lists and crossing things off my lists, I like writing down notes, ideas, plans. Maybe that's why I like and take a certain satisfaction in writing everything on my calendar and in my diary. It's not for everyone and nowadays there are certainly some very sophisticated ways online for example to keep your family schedule and appointments well-organised.
How do you it in your family - do you use a calendar or diary or do you rely on your memory and/or your phone to keep track of important dates, classes, appointments etc?