Keeping Our Family on the Same Page

As a family, we have a lot going on. For this reason, a few months ago, my wife and I sat down to try and figure out how we could get on the same page about what we have going on each weekday evening and weekend.

What we settled on is sharing our Google Calendar’s with each other. I’ve been an avid user of Google Calendar for work for several years. My wife has never kept a virtual calendar, but was quickly able to pick up the basics so that the system can work for us.

We don’t have hard and fast rules about who is responsible for what in terms of adding items to the calendar. In general, most weekends I tend to sit down and make sure all of the kids activities are correct on my calendar. I’m a little more familiar with Google Calendar and things like setting locations and setting up recurring events, and this makes it easier for me to set up practice schedules, add game locations, color code events, and so forth. My wife tends to add things related to the younger crew who are still homeschooled as well as other general family business stuff.

We have swim practice every day, several basketball games and basketball practice, and our week ends with a day-long away swim meet on Saturday.
Our schedule for this coming week. This is a busy week.

The system works for us. Back in August or September of 2021, it was quite common for us to have confusing and frustrating conversations as we tried to figure out who needed to be where and at what time. It can still be a challenge to keep up with everything, but with this shared view of what we have going on those confusing and frustrating conversations are a lot fewer and farther between.

2 thoughts on “Keeping Our Family on the Same Page”

  1. I am trying to get better about using the calendar for keeping personal stuff organized. It’s so nice to be able to put something out of my mind and trust that since I have added it to the Calendar then it will get done.

    • Our evenings get so busy that I absolutely rely on my calendar. Every Sunday night I sit down and make sure the upcoming week is accurate and up-to-date.

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