I spent a relaxing morning catching up on some work and reading blogs, email, Facebook etc… My jaw about hit the floor when I stumbled upon a post where the blogger was urging their readers to begin planning for Christmas. Trust me, I’m all for thinking ahead and planning, but Christmas? Certainly there might be situations where you need to begin thinking about the holiday season. If you travel then it might be wise to look for airfare, or perhaps setting aside a date for your party. This particular post was focused on party and meal planning for Christmas and I do feel that for most people this is too far ahead to begin planning. Back to school and a busy fall are enough for me and I certainly do not need to add holiday pressure to the mix.
Here are a few suggestions for dealing with the present while still being able to keep an eye on the months ahead;
1. Sit down at the start of each school year and make certain all the dates are entered into a family calendar. Most schools have an online calendar to reference so that you can enter school events, holidays and conference dates.
2. Toward the middle of each month, take time to look at the month (or two) ahead. Are there special events that need to be planned, do you need a sitter, do you have conflicting dental or after school appointments? Make a list of everything that needs to be sorted/fixed for the upcoming month.
3. SYNC – my husband and I are able to sync our calendars. I have his work calendar and he has our home calendar ALL TOGETHER. The sync happens automatically (MobileMe I love you) so it is one less thing on my list.
4. Every Sunday look at the week ahead and every night look at the day ahead. There’s still time to put out the fire if you double-check what lies ahead.
What happens in your home? Do you plan way ahead, or take it a month or two at a time like us? Keep in mind that planning is a wonderful skill to have, but you also need to able to roll with the changes and let life happen.