Organize Your Life (and your family's too!)
I think Google Calendar is the best thing EVER! I have it set up so my husband, my son, or I can add or subtract things off the same calendar. It's installed on my cel phone, hub's cel phone (both of which are Droid X), and my son's iPod touch. All devices plus the actual Google calendar on the internet all sync at the same time without connecting anything to anything else and they sync immediately so nothing is ever out of date.
I've tried to talk my daughter into letting me add it to her ipod too, but she won't let me. As absolutely awesomely kick ass as Google Calendar is, my husband refuses to look at it or add things into it. He will ask me what's going on a particular day and I ask him if he's checked that calendar on his phone? He always says no and where is it. I explain I moved the icon to the top right on his home screen isolated all by itself so he cannot miss it.
Thank goodness at least my son uses it... After having this conversation a few times, I decided it was time for a lower tech method. One that was front and center in a high traffic area because I am tired of being the family planner and secretary. When I found The Weekly Vinyl Chalkboard Calendar, I was smitten. I ordered it plus two Chalk Ink Pens. With each day's box being approximately 8"x11", there is TONS of room to write. An extra box can be used for notes or things coming up the following week that you don't want to forget. Last week I used it to make a bunch of notes for my mom while we were in Cincinnati for the Flying Pig Half Marathon. Here's how I use it for my family:
First, we hung it on a section of empty wall in the mud room/laundry room across from our coat/bag/shoe cubbies. The traffic to this room is 2nd only to the kitchen. Every Sunday evening (and I've been doing this a month so far, so it has become habit) I erase everything and using my Google calendar that I'm always editing, I write everything onto the weekly chalkboard calendar.
This only takes a few minutes and has been so vital to maintaining my sanity. I keep the Chalk Ink pens in the basket hanging from a hook just to the left of the calendar (you can see a corner of it in the photo). The calendar also hangs at eye level for the youngest in the family so she looks at it as much as the rest of us and I get no more of the "what do we have to do today?" questions. This thing has made my life so much easier! Not only that, it looks pretty darn slick.