March 21, 2018

Managing Our Schedules

It's the battle of the calendars! Margaret loves her paper planner but tends to forget stuff. Amy swears by digital, until her phone switches all the events to Greenwich Mean Time. We talk best strategies for managing our families’ busy lives.

It’s the battle of the calendars! Margaret swears by her hardcover Book of Meg, but tends to forget a birthday party once in a while. Amy swears by her online systems, until her phone takes the initiative of entering an event in Greenwich Mean Time. Neither system is perfect, but which is better? In this episode, we talk strategies for managing our families’ busy lives- and for handing at least some of that responsibility back to our kids.

 For a personalized, hardcover Book of Meg with the exact kind of pages she wants inside, Margaret uses Erin Condren Life Planners.

For keeping the two hundred things she needs to remember later in a findable place, Amy uses two apps on her desktop and phone: Evernote and Workflowy. Kimberlee over at The Peaceful Mom has a great how-to post for Evernote newbies here, and Workflowy has an introductory video here.

Other takes on this topic we mention in this episode:

Michael Grothaus for Fast Company: What Happened When I Ditched My Smartphone for a Paper Planner

Ferris Jabr for Scientific American: The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

for handing some organizational responsibilities back to older kids: Smart But Scattered: Teens, by Richard Guare and Peg Dawson

Today’s episode is brought to you by Evernote, the app Amy swears by for keeping soccer schedules, flight confirmations, blood types, and what-was-that-place-again at her fingertips and searchable wherever she goes. Evernote Premium lets you search PDF text, so even if you are more of a dumper than a file-er, you’ll always be able to find what you need within seconds. Get a free month of Evernote Premium with our affiliate code:

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