I love the idea of the Elf on the Shelf. I also love all of the creative ideas one can find on Pinterest. These ideas turn into little projects for the Elf to do in one’s home while everyone is sleeping. The problem is, however, that sometimes the person behind the Elf on the Shelf might forget to move the Elf. I know for me this can be true, so I had to set up a way that I could remember to have our “elf” do his daily task.
My answer was Google Calendar. Yes, Google Calendar. Where would I be without it? I schedule everything in Google Calendar for many different reasons. The primary reason why I use Google Calendar is because it is sync across all of my various digital devices. No matter what device I’m using at the time, I can quickly and easily check my Google Calendar for my schedule.
When I knew that I wanted to do the “elf on the shelf” idea this year I knew I was going to have to make a schedule or I wasn’t going to be able to keep up. So I made a calendar dedicated just to “elf on the shelf” ideas. Where did all of the “elf on the shelf” ideas come from? The wonderfully creative people that post to Pinterest, of course. One search of “elf on the shelf” will yield lots of wildly creative activities that your “elf” can do.
Once I found enough ideas to do with our “elf”, it was time to schedule them all into my Google Calendar. I first created a calendar just for Elf on the Shelf. You can create lots of different calendars in Google calendar and be able to see them all in one space. For example, I have a calendar dedicated to homeschool, blogging, etc. Next, I schedule something for the elf to do each night. To keep track, I used the “description” box to put the link to the pinterest pin that that elf idea came from so if ever I need to reference back to it I can. I then scheduled the event as “all day”. I also set up an email reminder to be sent to my email. Because my google calendar is linked to my phone, I also get a pop up message on my phone as well as the email reminder.
How do you keep track of your Elf on the Shelf?
This post is not affiliated with Elf on the Shelf or Google in any way, I’m simply sharing what has worked for me. My experience may differ from your own.