Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Organizing Your Calendar Part 3

Last week, I talked about changing your perception of your calendar to help with those emotional barriers to good time management. This week, I want to get back to the practicalities and expand your calendar a little bit to include all that you are responsible for.

Part 1 of this series showed you how to add everything that you do to your calendar. Now, let's break that calendar down into manageable parts. Here is the week view of my basic calendar:



Any events that I share with the family like meals, I put into a family calendar. Simply click "Add Calendar", name it Family and click ok. Then, go into those shared events and change it to the Family calendar. It will look like this:



(If you are doing this with pen and paper, you can highlight the shared events in a different color.)


Now, you are probably asking yourself, what is the point of this exercise? I am an extremely visual person. Therefore, having the different events for different things in different colors, really hits it home with me that certain things take a certain amount of time. When a task is done, it is time to shift gears and do something else. The biggest time highjacker is not letting go and not moving on to the next thing.

So, I guess the message here is make sure that whatever method you use, allows you to see a start AND a finish to all your events and tasks.

As you can see, tackling your calendar isn't an exercise in futility. It is definitely a necessity and a happy Tackle It Tuesday with 5 Minutes for Mom ! Next week, we will tackle the To Do List portion of your calendar.

15 comments:

Alicia said...

You inspire me to be more organized. Just tonight I was thinking there was something I had to do on the 22nd!! LOL, now if I had a calendar handy, I would know!

Candi said...

Great job! I'm a visual person too so this is helpful!

Mrs. Blue said...

Love the visuals, I am a visual learner and this is great, I'm also an organized junkie so I'm digging it even more!

blueviolet said...

I do really like how you changed colors. That makes so much sense as you change gears. I really like the part where you're off duty!

So Very Domestic said...

Oh my goodness I thought I was crazy to do this till I saw that you do it too! I have family, personal and work as catagories/colours. Great job!!

scrapchick said...

Great info! I was playing around yesterday, Green for Girl Scouts, Blue for Boy, etc...love how things stick out so clearly!

The Blonde Duck said...

LOL! I print out the google calenders and do this!

Amy said...

Thanks for all of your tips.. Stay warm..

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Wow that is a super cool organizer, congrats to you!

Anna said...

Great tutorial! I use paper - a home management binder, and it's SO helpful.

Tropical Mum said...

Found you from your link at Best Posts of the Week. I am glad I did. I use so many calendars it is a bit ridiculous.

I have two A4-sized diaries, my Google calendar, my email client calendar that synchs with Google but there are also other non-synched calendars in there and there is a diary in my purse and sometimes I chuck reminders into my mobile phone. I need to put these all in one place.

The only saving grace that stops me from double-booking or missing appointments is that I have a pretty good memory and remember most appointments anyway.

It is only after reading your post that it has reminded me that I need to do something about this!

Thanks for the push.

Amy said...

Thanks for linking this up to my Round Robin.. It is very helpful..

Controlling My Chaos said...

What a great idea. I really need to do this. I lose a lot of time on the computer. How do you manage that? Do you set a timer?

Faithfulmom2 said...

I love my google calendar! I use one e-mail just for my our bills and the bill calendar. Our home google calendar is easily seen on my android phone. If my phone is ever lost of broken, it can be synced through my computer in seconds and easily. I cannot live without it! I email my kids with their own calendars on my calendar. Very visual like I like it!

Donetta said...

Great job here Susie! I'll be back.
I was actually looking at your menu plan calender the other day. Wondering how you did it I found myself at google calenders. This took me the rest of the way.
I do hope your happy and thriving.
Be Blessed


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