How to use a family calendar

Does your family have a lot going on? You can get the whole family on the same page with a shared family calendar. Plus, it can all be done from the comfort of your smartphone.

There are a few different apps to choose from, but all of these digital calendars sync up with your family members so that when one person adds an event, everyone sees it.

That way, you know when your spouse has a dentist appointment, and they know when you have a really important meeting. Or when the season premiere of Game of Thrones is. (Or whatever is important to you.)

Keep Your Family Organized

Whether your working or retired, we all have lots going on. Work schedules, doctor appointments, events, and vacations all take their place on the family calendar.

But how often do you find yourself (or your spouse) saying, “Hey, what’s going on this weekend?” or “Did we have anything planned for next Saturday?”

While those questions are innocent enough, things can escalate when you schedule a haircut the day you’re supposed to leave for the Bahamas or you signed yourself up to volunteer at the local church the same day as the grandkids’ soccer tournament. With a family calendar, you won’t double-book anymore.

Even if you’re a pen-to-paper kind of person, there’s a huge advantage to having a digital calendar that syncs for your whole family.

There are several smartphone apps to choose from, but rest assured that there are options for both iPhone and Android. These apps also have other neat features, such as shopping lists and to-do lists that the whole family can see, and even a shared family journal that everyone can contribute to.

Events can be color-coded by family member so you instantly see who’s doing what.

The pros of having an online family calendar may just be enough to ditch the physical planner.