There really is an app for everything, including family productivity/organization. Having now reached 1.2 million apps, the iTunes App Store has countless productivity apps, but some are more useful than others for families with hectic schedules.
1. Cozi Family Organizer
Considered a “must have” by the Today Show, Cozi features a color-coded calendar, shopping lists, to-dos and a family journal, all accessible from any mobile device or online. To-do lists can be used for kids’ chores, homework, or as a reminder to yourself. Shopping lists, calendars, and to-do lists can be sent to family members as reminders, or push alerts can be used, all within the mobile app. Information is automatically updated for all users so nobody misses a recital or forgets to pick up milk.
Cozi Family Organizer is available free, but contains ads unless the paid version is purchased for $29.99.
Incredibly popular among businesses requiring signed documents and reports being available to a group of people. With up to 5 documents per month available in the free version, permission slips, medical forms etc.,can all be signed digitally for your child’s school/extracurricular activities. This app brings an end to the days of forgotten permission slips and field trip forms. Your child can take a picture of their forms, upload to SignNow as a pdf, which you can then sign using your finger and your device’s touch screen. Just want your child to have their insurance/medical information on hand in case of an emergency? SignNow can be used for document storage as well.
3. Bank of Mom
Ever wished there was an easier way to teach kids financial responsibility while also being able to monitor their spending? Bank of Mom is exactly that: simulating the experience of banking for young kids with the “bank” being their parents. The app allows for the tracking of multiple accounts and transactions, time spent on electronic media, events such as field trips or sleepovers, and interest earned by accounts.
Bank of Mom is a one-time purchase of $1.99.
At first glance, Asana is a task-management app for a workplace team, but it works great for families too. Asana features a cloud-based data sharing system that keeps tasks up-to-date. The app allows chores/tasks to be assigned to individuals and updated as they are completed, keeping the whole family on the same page. In the same way Asana can keep workplace team members organized and task-oriented, families can utilize those same features.
Asana is available for free on the Google Play store.
30/30 is an incredibly simple but intuitive task manager. It allows users to customize specific amounts of time for any tasks that need to be completed. For example, balancing your child’s screen time with their homework/chore time would be a breeze using 30/30. The display is simple but features two important pieces of information: current task and remaining time to complete it. The app will notify the user when it is time to move on to the next task or take a five-minute break. Task names and time limits are all customized by the user so every family member can find ways to structure their own unique to-do list and how much time they need.
30/30 is available for free on the app store.
Every family has unique organizational needs and there are countless apps available that function in similar ways regarding real-time updates and time management. This concise list of five apps offers varying levels of organization, and its up to you to determine which style is the best fit for your family and teens. Adults may enjoy the real-time updates and comprehensiveness of Cozi, but for teens overwhelmed with balancing their school work and social life, 30/30 might be the ideal and simplest solution.
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