I love planning but I do not love erasing and crossing out my plans or putting lots of time into a plan that's useless because it need to be changed and it's on paper. This is why I love digital calendars. When we started homeschooling, I used iCal simply to keep track of what we did because I got tired of getting to the end of the day and thinking we'd done nothing.
When I started to plan our curriculum and subjects, I changed a little how I used iCal. I would put the plan into the calendar in red and in the timeslots I figured would work. I could get a feel for if I was trying to cram too much into our day. As changes needed to be made, it was so easy to do so. If we had a field trip added, I could easily customize that day and not any others. We used to start school at 10a and when that shifted to 12p, it only took me about 20 minutes to adjust our planner. I can make events repeat and customize the repeating. All very fabulous reasons for me to use a digital calendar.
A few weeks ago I shifted to using Google Calendar instead of iCal. I did not want to do this because I don't like change. However, my son needs to learn to manage his own life and we couldn't figure out how to have iCal and Google Calendars talk and he is using Google Calendar. So I exported all my iCal calendars [each color is its own calendar] and imported them into Google Calendar. The upside of this change has been that I can share certain calendars [like family life events and his personal events] with my son. As I make changes on my calendar, it automatically updates his calendar and this means Mommy can legitimately quit reminding him of events that are on the calendar. YAY!! The ease of sharing calendars has been beautiful as my husband just started working on his Master's degree. He set up all his school deadlines on his own calendar and shared with me, and now I can plan family events around his schooling. I share certain calendars with my husband, and he's not inundated with all my personal reminders or homeschool plans.
|My Google Calendar for this week.|