With the new school year in full swing, it’s a good time to fine tune your family’s schedule. If both you and your spouse are working, then you each have your own pressures and deadlines. When you combine those with the daily demands of taking care of your children and running a household, it becomes apparent that you need to be organized and you need to work as a team. Here are some tips that will help you and your spouse get in sync:
Communicate frequently. Constant communication and feedback is the key to staying on track. Keep each other up to date about important meetings and any potential changes to the schedule. When you regularly talk to each other, you ensure that you are always on the same page.
Remember, you are on the same team and things will go more smoothly if you work together.
Be considerate. Think about your spouse’s schedule whenever you make plans. Consider how it will affect them and whether you should consult them first. Remember, you are on the same team and things will go more smoothly if you work together.
Find a tool. There are a variety of family scheduling tools available that can help you and your spouse get in sync. They vary from a simple calendar on a dry erase board to sophisticated smart phone apps. Choose a method that you are both comfortable with and that is easy for you to use. It will only be effective if you stick with it.
Have a back-up plan. No matter how well you are doing with your schedule, at some point both you and your spouse will have something that you can’t cancel, at the same time. What will you do when that happens? Do you have a family member who can step in? If not, then you need to get a babysitter in place so that you have someone to call when scheduling conflicts occur.
Schedule fun time. When you’re running a business and taking care of your family, having fun tends to move to the bottom of your list of priorities. While spending quality time together may not seem as urgent as returning a call to a client, it is just as (or even more) important. Your relationship with your spouse is essential to the well-being of your entire family and those positive experiences will help keep you together.
When you’re not organized, everything becomes infinitely more difficult. You may find your children are less willing to cooperate, and that you and your spouse are tense and frustrated. By being proactive you can avoid these headaches and get through your busy periods harmoniously.