As if you didn’t already loooove her laidback style (and just about everything else about the superstar actress), Drew Barrymore’s family calendar system is about to become your new BFF. This celeb mama has it down when it comes to balancing work and family life.

Um, wait. None of us really do. And just because she’s fab and famous doesn’t mean she’s got the whole working mom thing under wraps. But she does have some pretty brilliant advice for mommy-ing with a busy, busy work schedule. She’s a mom, actress, entrepreneur and so much more. Yep, Drew Barrymore has a busy schedule — and that means having to take time away from her family life to work and travel.

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Barrymore posted to Instagram her tips for working moms. Even though the actress-mama may have more money and fame than any of us regular ol’ folk could imagine, that doesn’t mean she isn’t totally down to earth when it comes to finding ways to balance parenting and her job.

Barrymore starts her post by writing, “Olive has a working mom. So, I came up with a couple of systems. One is “THE CALENDAR”. It has been very successful recently.”

So what is “THE CALENDAR”? Well, Barrymore uses an old-school paper calendar—not an app, not an online version and not some sort of mobile-connected, super-confusing techy version—to circle all of her travel days. She then has her daughter, Olive, mark the days with an “X” as they end. This gives her a visual reference for how long mom is gone and when she’ll be back.

Along with “THE CALENDAR,” Barrymore makes sure that she doesn’t give her daughter a negative picture of working. She writes on IG, “I always explain to her that I love my Job. I don’t say, “I have to go to work” with a grimace on my face, because I fear it will make her feel negative about something a lot of moms must do to provide.”

We totally agree, Drew! And thanks for the awesome tips.

What’s your best piece of working mom advice? Share your tips with us in the comments below.

—Erica Loop

Featured image: Drew Barrymore via Instagram

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