Coordinating Your Busy Family's Schedule
If you have a busy family that seems to be traveling in different
directions constantly, you know how challenging it can be to coordinate
everyone's schedules. Between projects and deadlines at the office,
meetings with your children's teachers, after school activities like
soccer practice and troop meetings, not to mention the household chores,
it can be a dizzying and confusing task. But if each family member is
committed and communicates effectively, the task of creating a combined
family schedule is a manageable one for you.
The first step is to commit to weekly family meetings. Make it mandatory
that each family member is there so that the schedule can be discussed
and organized. This should also double as a great opportunity to
schedule quality family time together, so make sure it's held at a time
when everyone is able to attend.
Next, design a schedule that can be easily accessed by all family
members, so that everyone knows where everyone else should be at any
given time. This can be done by designing one yourself using materials
such as poster board, markers, pushpins and index cards that can be
pinned to the schedule, allowing for changes that can occur from week to
week. It could also be designed on your family computer and saved onto
the desktop, so each family member can readily access it and make changes
if necessary. Have family members get into the habit of indicating on
the schedule specific addresses or contact telephone numbers if the
activity is new or changes from week to week. Be sure that care
providers for your children such as grandparents and babysitters are
familiar with your scheduling system and know how to use it.
Again, with a commitment from each family member and open lines of
communication, the family schedule can be a useful tool for everyone.