All of us at Bievo rely on our online calendars to keep us organized and sane, or at least on top of things when the events, tasks, and commitments start piling up (is it June yet)?

But it hasn’t always been like this. There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the closest thing to a central family organizational system was the paper calendar our great-aunt Barb sent us for Christmas. But paper calendars and other analog organizers can’t expand to fit all of your family’s events and tasks, and they’re not going to shoot you a notification email or text when an important event is approaching. Getting into the online calendar habit can help you and your family fight off time-sucking daily distractions and get on track to a happier, healthier, and more productive life.

The key to success when using an online calendar is to set it up and stick with it every day. Make it part of your daily routine – just using it for occasional events like birthday parties and school meetings might be helpful, but it’s daily usage for life events great and small that will really make a difference.

Here are a few tips for using an online calendar (like Bievo!) to get and stay on top of your busy family schedule.

Sweat the small stuff

Some of the events you’re going to add to your calendar may seem obvious – school events, soccer games, work meetings. But calendaring tasks and events like taking out the trash, finishing up at work, and even eating lunch can get pushed off until the trash truck drives away, the family dinner is cold on the table waiting for you to get home, and you’re too hungry to type another word on the computer. With Bievo, you can set notifications for events big and small to make sure they’re done when you want them to be.

Give your family their own space

Even if you have a small family, events and tasks can build up quickly and things can get overlooked. Make sure you assign each family member their own color on the family calendar, so it’s clear when viewing the days and weeks ahead who needs to do what. And since every family member could use a little privacy now and then, make sure the online calendar you choose has the right sharing options for your family. Bievo gives you the option to keep an event private, share it with just one other person, or add it to the family calendar for everyone to see. Sharing options let you organize your whole life in one convenient location, without overwhelming family members with your work meetings or accidentally letting them know about the surprise party you’re planning.

Make time for exercise

If you think adding your exercise routine to your calendar is overkill, then you may never have experienced “The Slide” – that slippery slope from regular exercise into the valley of procrastination (I’ll go for a run tomorrow, really!). Try adding your workouts to your online calendar and see how much more motivated you’ll be after a week! Exercise is considered one of the best ways to get focused, so adding it to your online calendar could make all the difference in finally achieving organizational sanity.

To get started with Bievo, sign up for an account at mybievo.com or download our mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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