Add three kids, two sporting events on opposite ends of town, a ballet lesson, and a scout event all in one Saturday and what do you get? An overwhelmed family struggling to just make it through the day.
If this sounds all too familiar, Organize Your Family’s Schedule In No Time is the book that will help you get control of the calendar. Valentina Sgro, a professional organizer, shows you how to find more family time for fun and relaxation using a system that is customized to your family’s unique needs. Using to-do lists and step-by-step instructions, this book helps the entire family better organize the group calendar, project list, homework schedule, and chores. In addition, Valentina helps parents to teach their kids essential organizational skills and good study and scheduling habits.
With quick, easy projects, you’ll learn how to:
Enjoy precious time with your family with the help of Organize Your Family’s Schedule In No Time!
What This Book Can Do for You.
Who Should Read This Book?
How This Book Is Organized.
How to Use This Book.
Special Elements and Icons.
I. The Mechanics of Family Scheduling-Tools and Techniques.
1. Selecting a Planner.
Considering Types of Planners.
Choosing the Right Planner.
Filling Out the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
Determining Which Planner Is Best for Your Family.
Purchasing Your Planner.
2. Setting Up Your Planner.
Developing a System for Your Hard-Copy Planner.
Deciding Where to Locate the Planner.
Using Color and Symbols.
Using Your Planner.
Maintaining Supporting Information.
Developing a System for Your Electronic Planner.
Setting Up the System.
Training Your Family to Use the Planner.
Accessing Supporting Information.
Backing Up the Information.
Managing the Information for Any Type of Planner.
Reviewing a Sample Schedule.
Making the Scheduling Information Portable.
Dealing with the Paperwork.
3. Creating an Activity Schedule.
Preparing for an Activity or Event.
Participating in the Activity.
Estimating the Time You'll Spend in an Activity.
Making Good Use of Leftover Time Fragments.
Following Through After the Activity or Event.
Creating and Using To Do Lists.
II. Life's Activities.
4. Dealing with the Necessities of Life.
Setting Aside Time for the Basics.
Caring for the People in Your Family.
Caring for the Pets in Your Family.
Maintaining Your Home.
Increasing Your Productivity.
Being More Effective.
Increasing Your Efficiency.
Doing Two Things at Once.
Deciding to Hire Someone Else to Do the Work.
Using Your Lists.
Using Paper Checklists.
Using Laminated Checklists.
Using 3?5 Cards.
Using Digital Lists.
Comparing List Types.
Integrating Your Checklists with Your Planner.
5. Celebrating Special Occasions.
Scheduling Family Celebrations.
Putting Important Dates on Your Family's Calendar.
Setting Aside Enough Time to Celebrate.
Preserving the Memories.
Planning Your Holidays.
Choosing the Holidays You'll Celebrate.
Incorporating the Holidays into Your Family's Schedule.
Keeping (or Losing) Family Traditions.
6. Participating in Enrichment Activities.
Deciding How to Spend Your Time.
Analyzing Your Options.
Sorting Out Your Preferences.
Avoiding Scheduling Conflicts.
Choosing Between Overlapping Activities.
Scheduling Drivers, Spectators, and Other Family Participants.
Resolving Conflicts with Other Family Events and Activities.
Applying the Basics.
Scheduling All Phases of the Activity.
Setting Up Systems to Save Time.
Periodically Reevaluating Enrichment Activity Schedules.
7. Planning Other Fun Stuff.
Before You Go.
While You're There.
Upon Your Return.
III. Scheduling for All of Your Family Members.
8. Managing the Preschool Years.
Weighing Activity Options for Preschoolers.
Striking the Right Balance.
Involving Your Preschooler in the Family Schedule.
Selecting Appropriate Tasks.
Giving Your Preschooler a Personalized Planner.
9. Planning Around the School's Schedule.
Incorporating School Activities into Your Family's Schedule.
Adjusting the Family's Schedule.
Adding in the School's Schedule.
Helping Your Children Learn to Manage Their Own Schedules.
Teaching Scheduling Skills.
Choosing an Age-Appropriate Planner.
10. Supporting Your Teenagers.
Agreeing on Schedule Flexibility.
Reviewing Assigned Chores.
Balancing Leisure Time.
Acknowledging Your Teenager's Outside Responsibilities.
Balancing Freedom with Responsibility.
Learning to Drive.
Accepting the Duties of Citizenship.
Building Serious Time-Management Skills.
Explaining the Basics.
Selecting a Planning Tool.
Finding the Right College.
11. Balancing Life for the Adults.
Leading the Way for the Rest of the Family.
Making Sure You Don't Get Lost in the Kids.
12. Dealing with Eldercare.
Finding Time to Care for an Aging Relative.
Determining Eldercare Needs.
Adjusting Your Family's Schedule to Accommodate Eldercare.
Managing Medical Situations.
Making Doctor Appointments.
Submitting Insurance Claims.
Preparing for Emergencies.
Getting Help with Your Caregiving.
Taking Care of Yourself.
13. Fine-tuning Your Family's Schedule and Planner System.
Creating a Schedule Everyone Enjoys.
Adjusting for Body Clocks.
Considering the Environment.
Working with Other People.
Modifying Your Routine.
Troubleshooting Your New System.
If the Planner Isn't Working.
If the Schedule Isn't Running Smoothly.
A. Product Resources.
Professional Organizing Services.
B. Reading References.