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Easy Google Calendar solutions for the everyday mom
The biggest shock to a parent when it comes to raising (especially tiny) children is the lack of sleep that starts the first day you bring them home from the hospital. Between diaper changes, nap schedules and feedings, a schedule definitely is something you need to keep and being a stay at home mom, that responsibility fell onto my shoulders.
It’s great to be a stay-at-home mom, but it also meant that after the two weeks of paternity leave, Hubby went back to work and needed to sleep at night. My days and nights got flipped upside. I don’t know about your little ones, but my children happen to be “allergic to sleep”.
This lack of sleep had a huge effect on me but the biggest effect I noticed was that since I’ve become a mom, my short term (and long term) memory is the worst. At one point when my kids were little I had to write down if I had fed the kids or changed a diaper because I couldn’t remember how long it had been since things had happened.
Things settled down a little bit when the kids were in preschool. No more diapers and bottles, but now with swimming lessons, karate lessons and school schedules that change from day to day, it’s essential to keep track of a hectic schedule again. Google Calendar is the perfect solution for someone who needs a system that is as on-the-go as I am.Google Calendar can help you make up for the fact that your memory is failing. Click To Tweet
People say that you shouldn’t let your kids run your life, but with 180 days of school to keep track of (times two since Boogie is in preschool) the only solution I could come up with is to enter an appointment for each day. Then I discovered the option to repeat and cut my entry time in half. Here are some other tips to get out school schedules online:
- Make a specific calendar with each child’s name as the title. Not only will you use this for school calendars, but sports calendars as well, hence using a calendar representing one person is the best way to do it.
- Mark down each day that they have school and any days off. This is time consuming, but if both kids are in the same school you can copy it over to their individual calendars.
- When mapping out a school schedule, make an appointment that repeats weekly. Repeating weekly will make it easier to change because in my experience MOST Mondays are the same, Tuesdays are the same, etc. For instance there is a repeating “appointment” for Monday is 8:30am to 10:40am and Tuesdays are 8:00am to 11:33am due to Monday being “early bird” due to teacher work hours every week.
- When mapping out a vacation day, click on the day’s appointment and change ONLY THAT DATE’s appointment. If you change them all you’ll have to go back and do a lot of fixing.
When I’m out and about or when I’m watching our local morning TV show I often post events on my Google Calendar. There are other websites like HulaFrog that also can give you ideas on events to add to your calendar.
The Dixon May Fair is a 4 day event in May and if you miss it you miss it, so I now have it on a repeating appointment for years to come.
Also our local library has story time each week. No matter how hard I try to remember to go to it, it’s only been something that we’ve regularly attended after I added it to my calendar on Google.
One thing my husband never seems to understand is that now that I’m a mom (aka zookeeper) and especially since I’m a stay at home mom I now am in control of three people’s lives. While Hubby only needs to remember his own business, I track all the businesses for myself, our two kids, and even our pets.
Because Google Calendar is available 24/7 on your smartphone, any time I have a Dr. appointment, dentist appointment, or vet appointment, I mark it on the calendar with a reminder before I leave that office’s customer service counter!
This one is a HUGE helper!
With a lot of companies moving payments into online systems, automatic email reminders are common. It’s a great thing, but I’ve always been scared of them ending up in the junk folder or spam folder and missing a payment.
It only takes a moment to set up a repeating appointment to show when each month’s payment is due.
BONUS: Blog/Journal Tool
Currently I’m using Google Calendar for all my blogging. Marking every blog title as a separate appointment is the easiest way to do it.
In addition to the appointment that I set up, I borrowed a system from another blogger that I found helpful. To show the status of each post I mark in front of the title. Because of the way that they show on the screen, I can instantly see it on my agenda view:
- > [title] is a place holder title that I need to work on.
- >> [title] means that I’ve started writing, but I haven’t finished or scheduled the post.
- >>> [title] shows that the blog post is scheduled and waiting to be published.
In addition to Google Calendar there are also Reminders that you can set to help you remember things. These will also show up on your calendar app which is helpful.
Hopefully these tips help you stayed organized in your chaotic world! Let me know if you have any other tips for Google Calendar. I love finding new ways to use a piece of technology I’m already familiar with.