The Daily App: Cozi Keeps Families Organized
Organizing family schedules has busy parents fraying at both ends, but Cozi Family Organizer comes to the rescue to keep everyone in the loop.
Managing a household -- with multiple members' schedules, constantly shifting to-do lists and endless chauffeur duties -- often requires military-level logistical planning. The "Cozi Family Organizer" app helps keep it all together, pulling all the loose ends into one tidy, mobile-based package.
What's the App?
The Cozi Family Organizer app, available for free with a premium feature in-app upgrade on both iOS and Android, functions like a command central for busy families, with features like a family calendar, master to-do lists, shopping lists and a family journal to record memories and moments that otherwise get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The app can work in tandem with the Cozi website, so even non-smartphone owning members can help input their events, items and information to keep the family running smoothly.
The family calendar feature is likely the key draw of the app. Users can add or edit appointments and events so everyone in the family can see, as well as create and set event reminders over device notifications, texts or emails so that no one misses an appointment or time-sensitive piece of information. In addition, the app can sort and color-code calendar entries by family members, giving them access to individual views or family views of a schedule.
The to-do list functionality is slightly more basic: users can create a master list of chores or things to do, and can also send out reminders via device, text or email to ping children and other family members about their duties. (Of course, these notification features require that family members have smartphones and computers, and assumes kids are just as wired as their parents when it comes to smart mobile devices.)
The shopping list feature seems basic as well, but group-editing and access make it easy for the entire family to reach through devices or computer. Mobile devices' connectivity make it easy for family members at a store to retrieve the list, and the group-edit function can update the list on the fly to make sure last-minute items aren't forgotten.
The Cozi app has garnered praise and a loyal following, with users overall pleased at its performance and ease. The program really does manage a large amount of information, sometimes a difficult task for a mobile-based app. And, it's rendered in a clean and cheerful design with a logical, easy-to-navigate interface that makes it a valuable tool for any busy parent trying to juggle their own demanding schedule and to-do lists with a host of sometimes competing family demands. The use of color is especially nice, and the color-coding feature pops out nicely, making it easy to glance quickly and see what's on the horizon.
You'll Want It If...
You're a supermom or superdad and need an online assistant just to keep everyone's information straight. If you're balancing your own demanding schedule with your kids' soccer practices, after-school meetings, extracurricular activities, tutoring sessions, play dates and birthday parties -- and, oh yeah, somewhere in there you have a social and work life of your own -- then Cozi's shared family calendar will be a powerful time- and schedule-management tool in your arsenal. The reminders feature will also help make sure other family members stay in the loop as well, leverage the power of technology to make life easier like it is supposed to.
It's Not My Thing -- What Else Ya Got?
A lot of Cozi's premium features -- more calendar views, for example -- are only available through an in-app subscription upgrade that amounts to $60 a year, which many see as expensive. These users may want to adapt other calendar and list-making apps to their complex family time management needs. Any.Do is a list-making app that combines both a pleasing simplicity with robust features, such as the ability to send reminders. If your family is literally on-the-go, Anchornote helps keep track of information using location as its key organizing criteria. It's not a scheduling app, but if you're so busy you're constantly forgetting to pick up an item somewhere -- or maybe even your own kid! -- its use of geofencing and location-based reminders could prove useful.
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