Back-to-school is not only one of the toughest times to get your family organized, but it’s also the most important time to be organized.

There’s one tool you can use during back-to-school season that will outshine all the others.

It’s the trusty family calendar, and it can easily become the most important tool in the house. With a few simple steps, you can:

  • Get your family involved in planning—after Sunday night dinner, spend 15 minutes over dessert planning the week ahead
  • Go over and update your schedules for school, sports, clubs, work and social activities
  • Make everyone responsible for bringing their own schedules and for updating their info into the shared family calendar
  • Create a reminder system so tasks are addressed on the day they’re due—use some type of reminder on your smartphone or computer or a visual cue, such as a wall calendar
  • Split up chores or to-dos for each family member—rather than assign them, have a big list and let the group decide who should do each
  • Discuss deadlines and expectations whenever possible so that there is clear understanding and less chance of slip-ups
  • Reward individual contribution—always allow individual members to cross off their own to-dos and enjoy that feeling of satisfaction; also, set-up a treat or allowance system for kids

Think about it, there’s so much to deal with: new morning routines, daily patterns and afternoon commitments. It’s a full-scale time management crisis in the making, especially if you’re in charge of organizing and scheduling.

How do you manage your family’s multiple schedules? Are you in crisis mode right now? Tell us what time management tricks and tools work for you.

And if you’re currently experiencing scheduling disruptions, change your routine today, using this great blueprint for a more organized back-to-school season.

For more tips on student time management and other topics, check out the AT-A-GLANCE Success Center, and be sure to visit the AT-A-GLANCE online store for the latest deals on time management tools and solutions.

[photo by sinewy polyp]

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