Calendar woes: Share your solution!

How do you handle too many things and not enough time?
How do you handle too many things and not enough time? Getty Images/iStockphoto

I’ve tried pen and paper, pictures, color-coding. I’ve tried iCal, Outlook, Google calendar. What I have finally figured out is that it’s not the method of keeping track of my family’s schedule that has me confused and constantly scrambling to figure out where to be when and with whom…it’s that there are just too many things on my family’s calendar.

But when you have family life, school, chores, nap schedules, sports, work, extracurricular activities, feeding schedules, travel and friends, it seems difficult to pare it down. Throw in healthy meals, trips to the grocery store, home maintenance and laundry and there go all 24 hours in a day. I’ve read a ton of articles harkening back to the good old days when kids were just kids, when we went out at 8am and came home at 6pm and wandered the neighborhood in between. But guess what? That’s not reality any more.

Just as our parents and grandparents boasted of walking barefoot in the snow 10 miles uphill each way, nostalgically bragging about the days before organized sports, academic clubs, 2 hours of nightly homework, and 24-hour access to work issues really doesn’t do much good when staring at your overfilled calendar.

Too many things to do, not enough time in the here’s the question, MomsCharlotte readers: what’s your advice for managing your family’s schedule? Is it a favorite app? A special system? A wall calendar? How do you make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time with the right stuff? Share your solution and help solve my (and probably many other parents’) calendar woes. Email your idea to and we’ll share with other parents.