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Organize Your Family's Schedule ...In No Time

Book Description

Add three kids, two sporting events on opposite ends of town, a ballet lesson, and a scout event all in one Saturday and what do you get? An overwhelmed family struggling to just make it through the day.

If this sounds all too familiar, Organize Your Family’s Schedule In No Time is the book that will help you get control of the calendar. Valentina Sgro, a professional organizer, shows you how to find more family time for fun and relaxation using a system that is customized to your family’s unique needs. Using to-do lists and step-by-step instructions, this book helps the entire family better organize the group calendar, project list, homework schedule, and chores. In addition, Valentina helps parents to teach their kids essential organizational skills and good study and scheduling habits.

With quick, easy projects, you’ll learn how to:

  • Select the planner that is best for you - either paper or electronic

  • Choose a comfortable mix of activities for everyone in the family and avoid overscheduling

  • Schedule the planning and preparations for family events, such as birthday parties and vacations

  • Help children of any age organize their time

  • Deal with special circumstances such as homeschooling your children, caring for an aging relative, or searching for the right college for your teenager

  • Enjoy precious time with your family with the help of Organize Your Family’s Schedule In No Time!

    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. About the Author
    3. Acknowledgments
    4. We Want to Hear from You!
    5. Introduction
    6. The Mechanics of Family Scheduling—Tools and Techniques
      1. Selecting a Planner
        1. Things You'll Need
        2. Considering Types of Planners
        3. Choosing the Right Planner
        4. Purchasing Your Planner
        5. Chapter Summary
      2. Setting Up Your Planner
        1. Developing a System for Your Hard-Copy Planner
        2. Developing a System for Your Electronic Planner
        3. Managing the Information for Any Type of Planner
        4. Dealing with the Paperwork
        5. Chapter Summary
      3. Creating an Activity Schedule
        1. Preparing for an Activity or Event
        2. Participating in the Activity
        3. Following Through After the Activity or Event
        4. Creating and Using To Do Lists
        5. Chapter Summary
    7. Life's Activities
      1. Dealing with the Necessities of Life
        1. Setting Aside Time for the Basics
        2. Increasing Your Productivity
        3. Using Your Lists
        4. Chapter Summary
      2. Celebrating Special Occasions
        1. Scheduling Family Celebrations
        2. Planning Your Holidays
        3. Keeping (or Losing) Family Traditions
        4. Chapter Summary
      3. Participating in Enrichment Activities
        1. Things You'll Need
        2. Deciding How to Spend Your Time
        3. Avoiding Scheduling Conflicts
        4. Applying the Basics
        5. Chapter Summary
      4. Planning Other Fun Stuff
        1. Things You'll Need
        2. Family Vacations
        3. Hobbies
        4. Socializing
        5. Free Time
        6. Chapter Summary
    8. Scheduling for All of Your Family Members
      1. Managing the Preschool Years
        1. Things You'll Need
        2. Weighing Activity Options for Preschoolers
        3. Striking the Right Balance
        4. Involving Your Preschooler in the Family Schedule
        5. Chapter Summary
      2. Planning Around the School's Schedule
        1. Things You'll Need
        2. Incorporating School Activities into Your Family's Schedule
        3. Helping Your Children Learn to Manage Their Own Schedules
        4. Chapter Summary
      3. Supporting Your Teenagers
        1. Things You'll Need
        2. Agreeing on Schedule Flexibility
        3. Balancing Freedom with Responsibility
        4. Building Serious Time-Management Skills
        5. Finding the Right College
        6. Chapter Summary
      4. Balancing Life for the Adults
        1. Things You'll Need
        2. Leading the Way for the Rest of the Family
        3. Making Sure You Don't Get Lost in the Kids
        4. Achieving Balance
        5. Chapter Summary
      5. Dealing with Eldercare
        1. Things You'll Need
        2. Finding Time to Care for an Aging Relative
        3. Managing Medical Situations
        4. Getting Help with Your Caregiving
        5. Taking Care of Yourself
        6. Chapter Summary
      6. Fine-tuning Your Family's Schedule and Planner System
        1. Things You'll Need
        2. Creating a Schedule Everyone Enjoys
        3. Troubleshooting Your New System
        4. Chapter Summary
    9. Appendixes
      1. Product Resources
        1. Planner Systems
        2. Professional Organizing Services
      2. Reading References
        1. Articles
        2. Books
        3. Websites
    10. Inside Front Cover
    11. Inside Back Cover
    12. Index