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It’s back-to-school time again, and there’s no shortage of ideas out there on how to get the family calendar organized as you head into the new year.

Here are some tips I shared a few years back to make sure the system you choose works best for YOU. I hope they help!

1. Set an intention for the school year

Think about the words you’d like to use to describe your fall. Do you thrive on a burst of frenetic energy at the beginning of the year, or are you better off easing into the hustle? If you’re at home during the day, how do you want your days to go when the kids are at school? Will you participate in fundraisers? (don’t feel guilty if the answer is ‘no’.) If you want to read to your child’s classroom or visit the classroom, when will you do it? Will you exercise? Just envisioning how you’d like your fall to look can help you make plans fall into place.

2. Check in with reality

Now that you’ve thought about how you’d like the fall to go, make sure your plans are all going to fit. Check your calendar against the school year calendar, and make sure your schedule is realistic. Remember, nobody can – or should – do everything. That includes your joiner 13-year-old who wants to be in five clubs and two sports all at the same time.

Make Your Family Calendar Work For You

3. Create a time management system that works for you, and plug in the details

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