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How To Plan Your Month In One Hour Or Less

When you stay on the go like we do in our family, it is vitally important to have a system for keeping activities and events organized. Intentional Schedule and Activity Management helps me get more done in less time. It’s one of the four components to Strategic Family Management.

And from basketball games to dance performances, from speaking engagements to your big pitch meeting and everything in between you can actually plan your entire month in one hour or less.

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Why You Need to Plan Your Month

“The trouble is you THINK you have time.” Buddha

Unfortunately, it is far too easy to miss an appointment, forget about a practice, or double book your schedule. Right? Those things happen when we are not fully in command of our time. Time is the most precious commodity you’ll ever have. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. You cannot create more of it, and you cannot recoup what you’ve misused. Schedule and Activity Management is the first step in becoming more aware of just how much time you actually have.

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What You Need to Plan Your Month

You need three tools for strategic scheduling: a handwritten planner, an online scheduler, and a wall calendar.

The handwritten planner is for inspiration, ideation, and organization. The tactile feeling of writing things out and visually watching activities materialize helps me to think more clearly.

The online scheduler is for automated planning, electronic reminders and shared access. I set reminders for tasks Harold would otherwise forget. It’s a win-win!

And the wall calendar serves as a highly visual reminder and central command center for the family. Olivia and Alexandra love to leave me messages and see what I respond on the board.

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A Simple Strategy to Plan Your Month

Follow these five steps and complete your monthly planning with time to spare

1. Record all known activities on the month-at-a-glance view in your handwritten planner before the month begins. This includes birthdays, recurring activities, special events and school activities.
2. Record events on the month-at-a-glance view in your handwritten planner as soon as you learn of them.
3. Pick a day once each week to transfer each activity to the detailed weekly view. I typically do this on Sunday.
4. Enter all shared activities in your online planner. Automate reminders, enter notes and assign tasks to each family member as necessary.
5. Record activities and need to know reminders on the wall calendar in the family command center. This includes Family Game Night, date night for the parents, grandma’s upcoming visit and anything else that will motivate and remind your family of what’s coming.

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Still need a little help getting started? Download your monthly planning printable as a guide to get you started on the right foot. Click on the image below, save, print and get stuff done!

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And now you’re done! Get more done in less time using a Schedule and Activity Management process like this one.

 What kind of Schedule and Activity Management plan do you use for your family? How will you regain and maintain control of your time and schedule?

18 thoughts on “How To Plan Your Month In One Hour Or Less

  1. This is exactly what I needed. Was just taking about this with a girlfriend. We all think we have more time that we really do but it’s really about planning and preparation. Love that quote btw!

  2. I’m bad at writing things on calender’s, i tend to keep it in my head, but i think its great to get your thoughts out of your mind and onto paper or a calendar. Great organizational skills.

  3. I’ve been using a calendar this year to help me focus my efforts and be more consistent. I’d love to say its working a miracle, but I it’s not. However, I am doing better than before, so baby steps are important.

  4. I am all for this! Especially with my blog I find planning content out really lets me use my time better. When I get some free time to work on things I am able to see what is coming up and get to work right away on it.

  5. I love your recommendation about using multiple calendars. I sometimes feel silly using three but as I enter this year, I agree that I need to make sure and have back-up. I’m going to try your system to get things done.

  6. Planning you month is a great idea as it allows you to know what you have planned for each day. I keep a calendar of appointments by my desk at all time.

  7. You know l started using a planner book as well as online one, but l need a big ass one for the wall! 🙂 . I think if it’s staring me in the face all the time, l will buck up and do better. I love the Buddha quote.

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