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I Love I Love I Love My Calendar Girl

Budget Meeting: Friday 2:00 p.m.

Tyler’s Dentist Appointment: Friday 2:00 p.m.

Emma’s First Class Play: Friday 2:00 p.m.

Oops.

There’s no way any mom, let alone a working mom, can mentally keep track of all the moving parts of her life.

The most important thing you need – other than a supportive spouse and as much help as you can possibly afford – is an effective calendar system. It doesn’t matter what the system is, really. Just pick one and stay with it. If you schedule business and personal commitments on the same calendar, you won’t find your self expected at a soccer game and a client meeting at the same time.

One option is a big white board, available at most home supply stores. The benefit of this method is everyone – mom, dad, kids and babysitter – can see what’s up for the day or the week.

Another idea is using a service like Google Calendar [1] -- a cool very new free online sharable calendar service.  It gives you the tools to coordinate [2]schedules and communicate up to date information. You can share your family calendar so you, your partner, babysitter and even the grandparents can keep up to date on everything from your next business trip to your daughter's soccer schedule.  Google Calendar [3] can even sync with your Outlook at work and send you email reminders.  Blending work, family, social and group activities into one calendar is without a doubt the only way to have a shot at keeping all the balls in the air.

For the computer illiterate among us, check out the old school, hard copy Whomi Organized Agenda [4].  All the rage with celebrity moms, this great calendar lets busy mothers view their own crazy schedules alongside their kids' crazy schedules.  Kelly Ripa says, "[w]ith three kids and a very busy schedule, I need an [5]organizer that makes it easy to see everyone's plans.  Whomi Organized is the only portable calendar of it's kind.  And the fact that it's beautiful just makes me smile when I pull it out of my purse."   High praise.   We also love the fact that a percentage of the proceeds from every Whomi Hidden Agenda goes to select charities helping women and mothers in need.   Whomi just reduced all 2006 calendars by 25%.  If you enter the code "MOMMYTRACKD" at check out, you will receive an additional 15% off.  Now that is a friends and family discount.

Whether it’s a white board, a fancy online connected calendar or an old school Filofax, just be sure to write down everything – no task is too small to note. You’ll free up brain space and instantly feel in better control of your daily destiny.


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