Quick Tip Wednesday: Family Calendar

I’ve used a family calendar off and on over the years. I recently added it back into our routine after not using it for about a year. I needed something that would help my family know important information without relying on me to tell them. In the past I used a paper calendar that I hung on the wall in the kitchen. This time around I decided on a erasable black magnetic monthly fridge calendar that I purchased from Arteza. It being erasable allows me the ease to change things without having to mark through them like I did on a paper calendar. I’m using it in pretty much the same way as in the past. It has holidays, birthdays, and any other events that I need everyone to know about. This time around I have Marc crossing off the days since he has a hard time remembering what day it is (don’t we all? LOL!). It also came with a small to do list that I am using for Marc’s chores and tasks for the day. I love it! I can ask him to check the fridge and he can go down the list of tasks and mark them off without me having to run through the list verbally and possibly forgetting something. It’e been a lifesaver!

3 things you need in your planner system

My current planner stack!
  1. Capture
  2. Plan
  3. Retrieve

I really enjoy researching different planning systems. There is no shortage of them out there and they all fit different needs for different people at different stages of their lives. Some of the most popular include the Franklin planner system, David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, the Bullet Journal method, Tonya Dalton’s Inkwell Press productivity system, Jenny Penton’s Planner Perfect method and Lara Casey’s Powersheets just to name a few. There are also a plethora of planning systems and calendars, both digital and paper.

Now you might be wondering what’s the difference between a planning system and a calendar. A planning system is a tool used to be productive in accomplishing your goals and completing long term projects. A calendar simply holds your events/appointments and due dates for projects/tasks. For the longest time I’ve used my planner as a calendar. It wasn’t until recently when I decided that I wanted to increase my productivity and accomplish my goals that I switched my planner to an actual planning system.

There are three common themes that I have found after researching the most popular planning systems and that is you need a place to capture information, a place to plan the information you capture and a easy and quick way to retrieve the important information that you captured. Each of the above planning systems have their own way of completing all three but I use a combination of the Franklin Planner system and GTD. It’s what makes the most sense for the way my brain works and is perfect for this season in my life. There are several other parts to my planning system but the capture, plan and retrieve are vital to my planning system. It’s whats helping me crushing my goals this year.

What are you using to crush your goals? What are some planning systems that I didn’t mention above?