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Blogging, work, child care, vacations, appointments, school functions, conference calls, football, concerts, play dates, parties and field trips – these are just a few of the things we need to keep track of on a daily basis.

We are a busy family. There is a lot to do and it’s easy to get tripped up and forget something. A family calendar is something I’ve been utilizing for many years. Ours is posted in a central location (the kitchen) where we can all see it at a quick glance, and also add things as they come up. There is no excuse to not know what is on the agenda for the day, week or month. The key to keeping a family calendar is discipline. It doesn’t work if you don’t update or read it. Even the youngest members of the family (who may not be able to read yet) can recognize birthdays, beach days, dentist appointments and sleepovers by using a sticker system. Small visual identifiers can be used to keep the non-readers involved and prepped for the upcoming week.

Along with the family calendar I have my own personal planner that is accessible from my smart phone, iPad, and laptop. If I’m ever somewhere without one of those things (which is highly unlikely) I’m able to access it from any computer. I can schedule blog posts, phone calls, reviews and deadlines in one spot. With the family agenda plastered on the kitchen wall and my personal to-do list at my fingertips, there is no reason to stumble through a day.

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  1. ginette4 says:

    I have a calendar on the fridge that has every appointment and our daily schedule, everyone one knows where every one will be daily

  2. Chelsea Reboulet says:

    We have a large calendar on the kitchen wall with all our schedules, everyone has a designated color. We also use our phones to help keep track.

  3. Katherine says:

    I have a wall calendar by the phone and everything goes on there if it is not there it will be forgotten~

  4. We have a calendar in the kitchen that we use. as well as my iPhone calendar and my Blackberry calendar. Somehow I stil tend to miss things. 🙂

  5. I have a master calendar on the fridge and smaller, more detailed one on my desk. I NEED an iPhone to get with the times! haha!

  6. Judith says:

    I am retired and it is just me and a dog. But I do keep a calendar whick include daily tasks.

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  8. Jeff Legg says:

    We have a calendar in our dining room that my wife post all the going ons that we all need to know, from birthdays to appointments and events. If it has a day, she has it scheduled. We all just check the calnedar to see if there is something coming up
    graywolfpack5@yahoo.com

  9. I have a calendar and a whiteboard on our refrigerator but I also rely on my phone calendar when I have appointments. I love that it will send me an alert the day before and I always set another an hour before whatever appointments we have. I also remind myself with post-it notes and have even left them in the car so I can remember if there’s something I have to take with me when I leave the house so I won’t forget.

  10. Donna B. says:

    My calendar in Outlook – I have my home and work calendars synched and my entire life is in that thing!

  11. wanda flanagan says:

    Our family of five has a corkboard over our computer workstation on which we put all our appointment cards and a calander so we can cross reference our schedules as well as keeping in touch by cellphones.

    flanagan@mebtel.net

  12. Donna B. says:
  13. I wish I had something good to contribute here. I’ve just got the basic “write it on the calendar if it’s important” thing, and it’s not even a system because I’m not good at keeping up with it. We have so little going on with no children and no money for extracurricular activities. That is not to say that our lives don’t need unclogging with the day-to-day stuff; we could use help getting all our stuff organized in our tiny rented house. Boy, could we…

    • I thought of something useful to say! You can make your own dry erase board for a fraction of what you’d pay to buy one, especially if you want a huge one. You can get get the white board at a home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. It’s usually called melamine or shower board. They will cut it to size for you. You can frame it with materials from the same store, or use a frame you already have. You can make one heck of a custom-made calendar that way, up to six feet wide!

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  16. I keep track of my family with a white board calendar in the kitchen. I have a smartphone..but I just got it so I’m trying to figure out which app to use for my calendar.

    zippieee@msn.com

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  20. i keep a calender in my kitchen cabinet and i also tape up all dr’s appointment business cards so i have numbers and addresses always at the ready
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

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  22. Leslie Galloway says:

    I keep a big family calendar on the fridge that everyone can update as events come up, and then I transfer those to my google calendar that I can see from any computer or on my phone. I agree.. that’s a lifesaver! 🙂

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  25. Angela A says:

    I wish that I were a handy girl; I can’t fix anything, I might even make it worse if I do. I call my husband to fix (and he isn’t a handyman either) or we call a professional or a friends and pay them to fix it.

  26. we use a dry erase calendar board that’s in the kitchen, so it’s constantly getting looked at. we also try to email one another early on in the day with what’s going on and what we’d like to accomplish. helps keep us from trying too many things at one time and getting burned out!

    hancoci_s at msn dot com

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  28. kathy pease says:

    we always try to get thing ready the night before our day starts so everything isnt so chaotic and everyone has chores to do in my house

  29. kathy pease says:

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  30. Steph A says:

    I use a calendar and make a daily list of to do items and commitments!

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  32. brian e. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…we keep a large calendar posted on the inside of our pantry door that keeps everyone on schedule !

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  35. susan smoaks says:

    learn how to enjoy the small things, you do not have to plan big extravagant parties, just spending time with friends and family is fun

  36. addrienne mertens says:

    ive never really kept a calander..now that a new school year started maybe i could give it a try. they hve such nice ones out anymore and the dry erase types would be fab!

  37. stacy says:

    I have a calendar in the dining room, and you can’t help but look at it. It’s helpful for those days when you have brain fog and can’t remember the things you do on a weekly basis. It also helps to set alarms on your phone, to help remind you that it’s time to leave for appointments that might be clear across town.