Last year, a friend of mine gave me a calendar made by www.leapyearpublishing.com. It was a "family" calendar, and on each month it contained a separate column for each member of the family (it had five blank columns).
We love it! It hangs on the side of the fridge, and we can all see at a glance, all four schedules and how they overlap and interact. I went to the website of the publisher today and couldn't find the 2009 version - I guess they've stopped making it.
Well! That didn't stop me ;-) I made one myself, and here's how:
1) Using Excel, I created a spread sheet with 33 rows and 7 columns.
2) Down the first column, starting on the third row, I numbered 1 through 31.
3) On the left side of the top row, I typed "Month:" and left the space after it blank (to create a perpetual template - after I printed it, I had Alyssa write the months at the top of each sheet in the blank space).
4) Across the second row, I entered column headers as follows:
Date, Day, Name1, Name2, Name3, Name4, Other.
(Under the "date" header are the numbers 1-31; under the "day" column are blank spaces to insert the days of the week).
5) I adjust the column widths and row heights so that the document would fill two pages when printed, and then printed using 8 1/2 x 11 card stock.
6) I printed 12 copies (24 sheets), and trimmed the bottom of the page 1's and taped them to the top of the page 2's.
7) I used a hole punch and three key rings to fasten them together at the top.
Now I have an 8 1/2 x 22 family calendar for 2009. It may not look quite as slick as last year's, but I know it will be a scheduling life saver.
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