When I was growing up my mom had a large desk calendar with every square inch written on neatly and color coordinated. These days moms everywhere can rejoice, because there is an app for that.
My three siblings and I each had our own color for activities and events and my mom had an elaborate scheduling system to make sure we were all where we were supposed to be at the right time. 15+ years later, I find myself a mother of three trying to get my kids where they are supposed to be while coordinating with my husband and his work schedule.
Problem is - I was never good with paper calendars. I’d take a few hours and go through and write out a few months at a time. Within days I’d erased so much as appointments moved, additional plans eeked in and it started to look like my five-year-old's math homework. Then I’d stuff it in my purse and not think about it for weeks.
After showing up for my son’s doctor appointment on the wrong day for the second time, I decided to make the leap to a digital calendar – I figured at this point – what could it hurt. It was then, about a year ago, I started using Cozi.
Cozi is a shared family calendar (and grocery list, journal, etc..) but it’s biggest and best feature is by far the calendar. After using this application for a year, I’ve determined that while it offers many features I have no use for (others may), it’s one that has saved me time and headaches day after day as far as coordination of multiple schedules.
Some of the things I like about it:
- Offers a shared account, one password with individual login ids for family members
- You can create separate calendars for each family member and assign them a color (just like mom used to!)
- Allows imports of other web calendars (Google calendars, school calendars, etc.)
- It lets you set up reminders in case you forget to check the calendar
- Has a great Web interface as well as mobile app for quick entering of appointments
- Also offers To Do Lists, Shopping Lists, Meal planning, Family Message board and Family Journal
- Did I mention it’s free?
Some things I didn’t like:
- Can be slow to load at times (seems to always happen as I’m at the doctors office trying to schedule appointments on my phone)
- I found the shopping lists and meal planning to be overkill and I kept forgetting to keep them updated (maybe I should have wrote a reminder on my calendar?)
While you can pay $4.99 a month, or $49.99 a year for the Cozi Gold version (enhanced features and no ads) from my experience the free app more than covers the bases when it comes to keeping multiple people and calendars together.
Try it out – let me know what you think!