Don't ask me.
Friends will tell you I have a busy schedule, and they would be right. Not by design of course, I just, well, I like to stay busy. We love entertaining, to be entertained and there's just so much to see and do and so little time to see and do it in. So how do we keep track of our lives? I'm happy to share. Follow along now...
TK and I work together, so we use our online CRM system to keep track of meetings and appointments as they relate to business.
Since we both have access to it, we also fill it in with our personal appointments as well as social activities. That way if either one of us wants to schedule something with a quick peek at the calendar we know if the other one is free. And we can see it from any computer, anytime, anywhere.Easy right? Yup. Let's keep going...
We also have another online calendar for work, this one is simple and also web-based and tracks things for the company as a whole. Vacations, staff meetings, etc. but not anything for any one individual. User friendly and you don't need to be trained on it, like you do for the CRM. Makes sense for the employees who aren't all that fond of technology but can get to a website easy enough. Got it?
Then there's the great family calendar on the wall in the kitchen, one of those cool ones that sections off each person so you can add specific activities for each person or even for several people. We use an old fashioned marker to update this bad boy. This one is really helpful for letting the kids know when we'll be out - dinners, weekend activities, etc. Know what else would be helpful? If they looked at it. It's also where Moose, our oldest one, is supposed to write his schedule if anything out of the ordinary comes up. Note use of the word "supposed". He manages to get his vacations with the boys on there but that's about it. This calendar is helpful because it's big, bright and we are all in one place there on the wall. I refer to it frequently "Check the calendar, your next doctor's appointment is on there." And the handy-dandy pen makes it easy to update. Still with me? Or are you starting to think I'm a little crazy?
Oh, join me back at the computer now, won't you? Several summers ago, as Ziggy started to attend summer camps and had commitments to various activities all over town I started a calendar just for her. Remember, folks, I'm a working mom who relies on others for car-pooling and child tending. I needed a visual reminder of who had her when and where they would be as well as what they would be doing. Excel has a great template for a calendar (thanks Lisa for showing me this) that allowed me to color code - oooohhh!! - her activities. I even colored who had her when. For example Meagan was purple and was here three days a week. I then print it out and hang it on the bulletin board in the kitchen so we all know who does what when and why. Sometimes I even know how much, but not always. It's great, huh?
I can't tell you which one is the best method but here's how I look at it. You don't have just one pair of shoes do you? No, you don't. Every pair you have serves a different purpose but all provide the same basic service - to cover and protect your feet. Same with calendars, for me anyway. I don't sound so crazy now, do I?
So, how do you keep track of your life?