I don't know how families with kids in sports and various other school activities do it. We aren't there yet and are already so busy. It's just going to get worse! I love/need to be organized otherwise I feel completely overwhelmed.
Our current calendar system works well for us. I hope it will continue to work as we start adding sports and other activities into our schedule in the near future.
We use the Google calendar. And by use. . . I mean we have about six different calendars that are all color coded and connected. I realized yesterday that we'll soon need to give Joseph and Jacob their own colored calendars as well. Here is a shot of our current month:
You may be thinking that it doesn't look that crazy. And really it's not compared to some, but I also removed Christopher's personal and work calendars for privacy reasons. I can usually see all of his meetings which is really helpful in scheduling doctor appointments, etc. One recent addition is the menu calendar. I used to just make a list of our weekly menu. However, Christopher suggested adding the new calendar to our Google collection and it has been awesome. I tease him that he wanted to be able to look up our menu just to see if he wanted to come home that day or schedule a work dinner. But seriously, this way I can look back at previous months and see what we've had and get ideas for the menu or realize we've had something a little too often. I can also attach the link to the recipe in the notes so I don't have to go hunting. This has been one of my biggest time savers in menu planning lately and that thrills me to pieces.
Our current calendar categories:
Emilie - personal schedule
Christopher - personal schedule
Christopher - work schedule
And to all my crazy, busy friends with kids in T-ball and basketball and ballet and soccer. . . . . if my calendar system completely falls apart when we get to that stage I am coming to you for help. Get ready.