What kind of calendar keeps you organized? I used to be a paper person. Well, actually, the full truth is I used to be “I can remember it” person. And, I could.
Until, a husband. And then, kids. Add in a part-time job with varied hours. Now, I can’t remember it all. I have to use a calendar.
When I started needing to seriously rely on a calendar, I went with paper. I still use my pretty paper calendar hanging on the door to the basement. I like it. It’s easy for us all to glance at and know what is happening in a given week. I keep track of family birthdays on it so I can get those birthday cards sent out on time. At least, I’m trying.
When I started to need my calendar “on the go”, I started carrying a small planning calendar with me. I was forever frustrated that I could not find one I liked that would fit in my purse. I like to travel light. This meant I would take the small planner with me when I thought I needed it like to a PTA meeting or slip it in my work bag but not carry it with me all the time. The smart, organized people reading this blog (by mistake?) will realize this meant I would often forget it when I needed it the most and have to tell people I’d need to check and get back with them.
I started using the Google calendar on my phone. We were slightly behind the curve in getting our smart phones and I still have to hand it over to the teenager on occasion so he can delete the 500+ apps I somehow opened, roll his eyes, and hand it back to me. I know a lot of people love the Google calendar but I wasn’t a huge fan. I thought it was kind of hard to use and I wanted a way to track everyone in my family easily.
I needed something else. I needed some sort of planning app for my phone.
My calendar app criteria:
- Free! I don’t like to pay for things on my phone. I’m just cheap that way.
- Easy! Something I could figure out on my own without needing to hire the teenager.
- Color Coded Activities or another way to tell who belonged where at a glance.
- Accessible to all of us with a reminder function!
Ultimately, I found the Cozi app. While I could pay for the premium services, I really find the free version serves my purposes. It was easy enough to figure out and download onto my phone. I love that I can also use it on the desktop and often I will upload the dates from my desktop computer (old eyes, sigh). Each activity has a color coded dot beside it so I can see at a glance who needs to be where and when.
I get a week at a glance type reminder e-mail every Monday. I happen to love that particular feature! I can also input a shopping list and a to-do list although I seldom use these features. They also have articles to read and sometimes interesting looking recipes pop up on the sidebar.
If my husband and son would download the app, they could use the family password to access the calendar as well plus I could send them messages (a few before I would have to pay to upgrade). I have not been successful in getting them to do that, however. It would appear to be more fun to ask me what is going on for a given day 2 weeks and 3 days in the future than look at any calendar digital or paper.
I mainly use this calendar app as I can easily check on my work availability while I’m on the go and give a quick answer which is important in the substitute teaching. It is nice to look and know at a glance if my boys are off school (the preschool dates don’t always line up directly with our local school district) or have an activity.
I’ll probably always have a paper calendar hanging in our kitchen (and Santa brought each of the boys calendars for Christmas) but I’m starting to really embrace the ease of accessing our family calendar from my phone. My small paper planner has been gathering dust on my desk since I bought it.
Do you prefer paper or digital or a combination of the two?
**I am not receiving any type of commission from the Cozi app for this post. I just really like it and wanted to share my thoughts about it.