A few years ago, my twins got involved in competitive swimming. It was a great outlet for them and my husband and I were happy that they had a sport that both Jack and Ellie enjoyed and could do together. They were exercising almost daily and had a whole new group of friends that they loved to spend time with. It was a great fit!
But then there was also soccer for our son, Wesley. And ballet for Anna Bryan. And piano for all three of the oldest kids.
It was just too much for me to keep in my head. Not to mention the things on the calendar that needed my attention; Bible study, meetings at church, meetings at the preschool, meetings with the PTA. It was overwhelming. My breaking point came when I totally forgot to meet a friend at Chick-fil-A. I was a complete no-show and I felt terrible. I hadn’t written down the time and place and so I didn’t go.
I’m a visual and active learner and I need to actually see things to remember them. If I don’t physically write down something, I won’t remember it. If my husband or one of my kids writes something down and only tells me about it, I won’t remember. There are notes and reminders in my messy scrawl all over our house. I’m thankful for the genius who created sticky notes. I’m not sure I could live without them.
A dear friend of mine suggested I look into a calendar for moms. She recommended momAgenda. I checked out the website, saw that the agendas were sold at a store near my house and I drove out and bought one. That day.
The momAgenda is a lifesaver for me. Each week fills a double page and there are four spaces at the bottom each page for me to keep track of each child’s activities and needs. I use the top space for my own personal items and each child has a block where I keep track of their extracurricular activities, notes for school, appointments, etc. Each agenda is meant to be used for 18 months; a huge plus for doctor appointments that need to be made six months out.
I keep it open on my desk and the agenda has become planning central for our entire family. I even include our dinner menu for the week in the agenda. It’s been the perfect way to keep our family organized!
What kind of planner or calendar do you use to keep you organized?