Once you’re convinced why you should have a schedule, you now know how to get started in writing a daily schedule that works for you. Today, I want to give you a few resources to help you accomplish this.
For my weekly/monthly calendar, I use Google Calendar. It’s easy to use, has a clean format, and is accessible from any computer, phone, or tablet with internet access. One of the best functions of Google Calendar is the ability to maintain multiple calendars. For example, I have my personal calendar, my husband’s calendar, and my blog editorial calendar, I can view them all together or separately. It’s really helpful when I’m thinking through scheduling appointments, time with friends, or travel. I also have a basic Calendar widget on my Android phone that syncs with my Google Calendar so I can easily view it on my phone at any time.
For my daily master schedule, I use Google Docs. I prefer using a spreadsheet for this since I use multiple columns for me and each of my children. Any spreadsheet program will work, but I prefer online access and the way Google Docs works. I just have one master copy of this schedule. I don’t plug in the events into my calendar. It just serves as a guide to go through my day.
For all you paper lovers out there, there are plenty of free online printables to help with scheduling. Here are a couple of my favorites:
The Project Girl’s Morning, Afternoon, Evening Schedule - great resource for a broader schedule as opposed to an hourly format
Money Saving Mom’s Time Management Series - excellent resource chock full of articles, free downloads, and tips for different stages of life.
What do you use for your daily schedule? Do you prefer paper or electronic?