By Brook Noel
Schedules and time management systems are the quickest and easiest ways to eliminate conflict and better manage your household. It’s amazing how wonderful these tools are and how they simplify one’s life, but it’s even more amazing that with all these benefits, few people use them! It will take a few hours to set up your system, but it’s worth it.
Communication Central Shopping List:
Communication Central will become an important place in your home. To begin, mount a weekly and monthly dry-erase calendar on your refrigerator. Assign each of your children a colored marker. Let them be responsible for recording their school notes, field trips, re-port deadlines, etc. on the calendar. Parents should have two colors; one for your personal schedule and another for family events and other activities that concern the family as a whole.
Other necessities for Communication Central include:
Create a weekly calendar of meals, and plan these out in advance. A Sunday afternoon is a good day to sit down and have a small family meeting so everyone can touch base. Create the upcoming dinner schedule during this time and a shopping list. Post it on the refrigerator for easy reference.
Create a kid’s phone book. Purchase some construction paper and a three-ring-binder. Let each child have their own color paper, i.e. Kim’s Red Pages, John’s Purple Pages, etc. Punch the paper and insert it into the binder. Kids can record frequently dialed numbers, schedules and notes in their pages. You may want to tie a string to a binder ring and attach it to a table near the phone to prevent it from “walking” away.
Lastly, put an “In” & “Out” basket somewhere within your child’s reach. Anything she needs your help with or signature on can go in the “In” basket. You can also use this for items you need to read, file or respond to. Once completed place the item in the “Out” basket, once a week go through the Out basket and handle each item to avoid pile up.
An excerpt from, The Change Your Life Challenge: A 70 Day Life Makeover Program for Women, written by Brook Noel.
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