As a parent, you are only not dealing with your kids’ school activities, but the whole household as well. Most of this responsibility is being automatically given to one parent. With everything else that is going on, how can you keep track of your child’s deadlines and make sure you don’t miss anything?
The answer is to create a system that works not only for parents but for the whole family as well. When you create a system, there will be less cram and more organization not only with your student’s activities but it will also cover other things such as groceries, you and your partner’s schedule and other important events.
In order for the system to work, you may need to purchase or download a couple of things to achieve this. Below is a list of what we recommend:
A monthly calendar on the wall
Color code the activities and deadlines according to each family member. For example, for your daughter, you can assign the color yellow, blue for your son, red for you and green for your partner. This way, you can all easily check the calendar. Make sure to hang the monthly calendar where everyone can see it. Preferably in the hallway or kitchen.
Use a planner
A monthly calendar is just an overview of the things you should be expecting for the month. Purchase a weekly and daily planner to plan out your week and days. This time, make sure to include more information such as location if it’s something you need to go and the time. You can also encourage your kids to start using one so they too will know how to organize and set due dates and events. Choose a planner that is handy so you can take it with you anywhere.
Make use of digital planners and calendar tools
As a busy parent, there are times when you forget to open your planner and check your schedule. Make sure to copy what you wrote in your planner to your phone’s calendar or the digital planner you use to make sure you don’t miss anything. If needed, you can set up an alarm as a reminder.
Get a watch or if you already have one, make sure to use it all the time
This is often overlooked, but a wristwatch is very helpful when it comes to keeping track of time. If you have a digital watch, you can also use it to set up alarms. You can also train your child to use a timer or stopwatch to keep track of the time needed for specific tasks. By timing activities, your child can learn how much time to budget the next time around.
What time-tracking tips can you share? Let us know in the comments section!