If you go by the Gregorian calendar, the year begins in January. But ask any mom of school-aged children and she’ll tell you differently. With all apologies to Pope Gregory, my “year” begins in September. Possibly August.
After a relatively loose summer, I find myself buried under an avalanche of schedules outlining every practice, game, concert, conference and school event from now until next June for my three kids. Not to mention all the travel sports, music ensembles, religious education and whatever else crops up on the fly.
Fortunately, I have a passion for organizing. I think in outline form, make folders for every stray piece of paper in my house, and keep files on my kids that would make an FBI agent jealous. Even so, I’m challenged keeping track of it all. Some weeks we’re so booked up that I’m lucky if I don’t forget and leave a kid somewhere. I just hope when it does happen (and it will) that it’s one of my own because I can ill afford to get kicked out of any carpools.
Last year, I made some inroads using digital calendars and the “cloud” to manage our schedules. I’m not really a techie person, but I gave it a whirl. There were definite upsides, including the automatic merging of my kids’ team calendars into mine, along with real-time updates when schedules changed. I also enjoyed printing out a daily agenda like a cruise director.
That being said, cloud-based calendars have two big limitations as far as I’m concerned. (more…)