Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Zen Habits on Simplification with Kids

Yesterday's post about scheduling real life obviously revealed a bit of frustration at some of the chaos that can tend to envelop life outside of work with the kiddos.  Almost as if in direct response to my plea, today Leo at ZenHabits has posted 25 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Kids.  In typical ZenHabits style, the list contains some great nuggets that I can put to use right away.  In my post I resolved to begin putting all events on the calendar so I can see what's going on.  Here's what Leo has to say on the topic:
2.  One calendar. If you have more than one kid, you might have a lot of activities going on that you need to track, from school events such as Christmas performances and parent-teacher conferences to extracurricular activities such as soccer practice, dance classes, or Spring concerts. Organize your life with a simple calendar (I use Google Calendar) and enter all activities and appointments on this one calendar, from kids' stuff to your own goings on. When they hand you papers from school, or soccer schedules, immediately enter everything onto the calendar. Then a quick glance at the calendar each day will help you plan your day.
There are several other good ideas in the post including early preparation, dedicating time to each child and to your spouse, and performing cooking and cleaning chores as a family.  I'll be putting some of these ideas to use right away!

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