Calendar Organizing

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With a new year just around the corner, this is the perfect time to get a fresh start on using your calendar more effectively.

There is no right or wrong when selecting a calendar.  Determine which is best for you.  The most important piece of an effective calendar system is to use only one calendar for everything.

The first step in setting up your new calendar is recording recurring events (such as birthdays, anniversaries, meetings, etc).  If set up properly, most electronic calendars will retain these events year-to-year.

When inputting appointments into your calendar, include relevant phone number and address next to each appointment. This should save you time should you need this information as you get closer to the appointment.

To help reduce paper and/or the risk of losing an invitation, or appointment, record the pertinent information on your calendar and discard, or take a picture of, the paper backup.

For those with school children, follow the same process for extracurricular or school schedules. Record the information from the school or extracurricular activity calendars.  You will reduce the risk of missing a practice and allow you to discover potential schedule conflicts.

Use different colors for each family member, or type of activity.  The visual effect will allow you to easily glance at each family member’s commitments and facilitate finding appointments.

Take the time each morning to review your calendar for the upcoming day.