Lately I’ve been getting a lot of requests to share how we manage our schedule as two full-time working parents. After over four years of marriage and one year of parenthood, we’ve found a way to manage our family calendar in an easy, collaborative and stress-free way.
One day, Rich and I decided we were sick of him having to call me to check my planner to make plans. With his work schedule being all over the place and Buel going between daycare and his grandparents we decided that there had to be a better way. So we went digital.
We went with Google Calendar since it was easy to sync with our phones and email. I liked the option to add multiple calendars and set up one for myself, Rich, Buel, Penny and our family. Now we all have our only color coded schedule that makes it easy to see what we all have going on. And yes, our Dog needs her own calendar because she goes to the doctor, daycare and gets monthly medicine.
Having a shared calendar helps us to map out our week and communicate our priorities. Since Rich’s work schedule varies, he puts any exceptions on the calendar so I know if I’ll be flying solo at night. On the same vein, I can add any work events to the calendar so he knows when he’s scheduling if he needs to be home.
Basically, it allows us to divide and conquer as parents and allows us to manage our busy work schedules and still fit in work out, social plans, dates and time to ourselves. We also share Buel’s calendar with his Grandpa so he can plan ahead and it’s been working very well!
When it comes to our shared to-do list, we recently found a much better way than the piece of paper that always seemed to get lost. We’ve been using Google Keep where we’ll keep a weekly list that we both have access to at any time. And the best part? It syncs with our calendar so that we can set reminders!
This system is not mind blowing, but it’s working extremely well for us. It’s allowed us to streamline our communication so that we spent much less time discussing the logistics of our day and more time enjoying each other’s company, which is the best reward!
How do you manage your family calendar?