Between working fulltime, being a mum, remembering to organise and pay for all the school activities, inclusions etc, checking emails and dealing with home life, how do you manage all of this stuff. At the moment, I have my work calendar, home calendar on my phone and a whiteboard at home but i am finding it still really hard to keep on top of things. My daughter has so much on at school that i have to remember each day it is starting to get a bit stressful. I would love to hear from some mums that have found something that works for them.

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  • I use a ring bound planner. The sheets can be removed, added etc. I have different sections for different things I need to keep track of. Each Sunday evening I sit down and work out my plan for the next week. It helps keep me organised in my head as well.

  • We have been using GroupCal this year – it’s an app you can get on your phone for free and we add everything in there across the board. We have church stuff, I run a hiking page, different camps, etc. it all goes in there and it makes it so much easier having only one place to look.
    As to chores, I also work full time and I just do a little bit each night. Also, if you have a partner, delegate some of the workload to him, it’s unfair for you to do it all.

  • I used to write everything on my wall calender. Is there any chance you could drop or reduce some activities?

  • I have my phone calendar and a white board. If I get letters for stuff to pay for, I pay them straight away to tick them off the list! That way I don’t have to think about it again.

  • Are you prioritising? Sometimes, if we don’t tick something off the list, it doesn’t matter.

  • It sounds like you are doing all you can to keep on top of it. Can you condense the two calendars & white board all onto your phone to keep it all in one place?

  • Along with a planner, calendar and diary; everything is also time managed.

  • When my kids were younger my husband worked shift work, I worked full time and had a casual job and the boys had a number of school and sporting commitments. My diary and to do lists were the key for me. Each Sunday I would spend an hour or so planning meals for the week, childcare or lifts for the kids if needed (my parents were amazing) and generally ensuring everything was ready to do. I also ensured that we had at least a morning or afternoon of down time for the weekend to be able to put things in place and relax as a family

  • Planners for the day, month & year work well in our household; everything is included on planners; it is so good for tracking and meeting deadlines/due dates. Planners can list everyone in the family on them and it helps to see the plans for each family member.
    A daily diary and lists are key too. Lists get ticked off every night and new ones made for the next day. It feels good to go to sleep with items/jobs completed.
    Planners stay in one place that everyone can see and diary and lists in my bag.

  • I read the calender a week ahead and then every day ahead. I have a planner with school uni and work times for the kids and therapy times for my youngest. I send myself reminders and alarms. We like to pay the bills the day we receive it so we keep on top of it and keep the quantity relatively low

  • I find routine works well for me – for example, I set aside an hour on Wednesday mornings to deal with school notes, and a couple of hours on Friday for bill paying. I forget less this way.

  • You’re doing an amazing job to have your plate so full. I really give it up to working mums.

  • I think you are doing a lot already to remember everything.
    I always read the calendar a week ahead and see if I have to organise anything for the following week.
    Also online grocery shopping might save you some time.

  • It’s so hard!! I’m in the same boat – I use a Steph Pase planner (I like to write things down) that I have everything written down in. I check it every day, but at the start of every week, I like to look at what is coming up for the week and write that on a white board on the fridge. It’s so hard to keep on top of everything – I feel your pain!

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