It took me long enough, but 33 years later, I’m finally feeling like my schedule is under control and is balanced out. Over the last few months I have really been trying to make sure that between home and work, I know where I need to be and when I need to be there.

The other thing I’ve learned—especially since having children of my own—is that there truly is no “down time.” More breaks in the action where you can have a day, maybe two that doesn’t have something scheduled.

Our family has a dry-erase calendar in the kitchen that we update so that each month, we know what’s going on. I also keep the calendar in my smartphone as up-to-date as possible and, truth be told, that’s saved my butt on more than one occasion. Being busy is both good and bad, but in our case, the good outweighs the bad tenfold.

I’m fortunate enough to work a job that allows me to have a lot of control over what I do outside of my normal workday. I can choose to do things from DJing weddings to emceeing charity events, and even the occasional day where lying around the house with the family is all that gets accomplished—nothing wrong with that! This week is no different, having to put together a schedule for the radio stations to have a strong presence at the Muscatine County Fair, while also keeping in mind the jobs that we all are responsible for on a daily/weekly basis.

I talk often about finding that balance, and while I don’t claim to have it mastered, it is a work in progress. Before we know it, back to school time will be here and all the scheduling that comes along with it. We’re lucky to have a five- and two-year-old who are not super-involved yet, but over the next few years, that will change.

What are some ways you and your family use to find that balance your schedule? I’m also curious to learn things that we could try, because we are not perfect. Send me your thoughts via email to [email protected] I also never thought I’d write a column about how important being well scheduled/organized is. Does this make me old? On second thought, don’t answer that. You’re only as old as you feel…right?