But parents also dread the start of a new school year for their own reasons, with the main one being “how on earth are we going to handle everything and get it all done?!”
Just scheduling the day-to-day can sometimes be overwhelming. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be.
This edition of “5 Things You Need to Know About…” offers tips on cultivating a few good scheduling habits along with utilizing the right technology that can help busy parents make the back-to-school transition smoother and less stressful for everyone.
Today’s tips come to us courtesy of Johan Gunnars, CEO and co-founder of Simpliday—Meetings, Reminders & Email in One which is a free download available in the iTunes app store.
1 – Make your calendar easy to update – As schedules can change quickly, make it easy for your calendar to keep up. Parent/teacher conference gets moved? Need to switch carpool days? No problem. Keep your calendar within easy reach so you can make changes immediately, without having to remind yourself to do it later. Digital calendars on your phone easily allow you to do this within seconds from anywhere, and the best part is that it syncs instantaneously.
2 – Upgrade your reminders – If your reminders are jotted notes, lacking the detail or relevant data you need to get things done right, they’re likely to add to your stress, rather than relieve it. Make sure every reminder you create includes specific details that relate to time, place, and what needs to be done. Need to bring snacks for your kid’s soccer game? Note where you need to shop and when any dietary restrictions and the location of the game so you can come through for the team without breaking a sweat.
3 – Keep Your Notes In One Place – It can be quite tempting to grab whatever’s closest to you to write down notes, or even to just open up your Notes app on your phone. The challenge is that when your notes are in various places, you are less likely to see them and have to take more steps to access them. The difference between knowing exactly what school supplies are needed on the first day of school and multiple trips to the supply store can be as simple as an easily accessible list. Keeping your notes in one place one your phone can save time and frustration.
4 – Let Others Support You – Tell one or two people you often see about the most important things you need to get done or remember. Need to help your kid prep for the school play? Ask a family friend who loves Broadway to witness their monologue over FaceTime. Need to remember to send in money for a child’s field trip? Ask a fellow class parent to remind you. Just inviting another person to support you or asking them to remind you can be enough to ensure something gets done and done well.
5 – Use as Few Tools as Possible – The modern pace of life doesn’t support much patience when it comes to getting things done. Minutes, even seconds count when you’re trying to squeeze in a task while you’re waiting or on the move. Using some apps or scheduling tools, where you have to jump from one to another, doesn’t make things simpler, it can make things harder. Be selective with the apps you use, that way you can get things done more efficiently even while parked in the queue to pick up the kids.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your best school scheduling/organizing tip?
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