Organise, strategise, execute
There’s nothing worse than starting your day to discover nobody has remembered the milk for the kids’ breakfast and mom and dad have double-booked work-late-Wednesday without notifying the babysitter – who’s now unavailable given the short-notice. Managing one calendar alone is not an easy feat for a career-loving parent, never mind an entire household of appointments, birthdays and extra murals; not to mention balancing the budget and saving for university.
Here are five apps that will merge calendars, spending, and remind you to get the milk.
1. Remember The Milk An aptly titled, advanced task-management app that lets you take your tasks anywhere and on any platform. You can organise your to-do list, prioritise the items on your list according to deadlines, and it also allows you to sync with your Evernote app. The best part is that if you have an Apple device, you can add tasks quickly and easily through Siri. You’ll never forget the milk again.
2. Cozi Cost: Platforms: Cost: Free Platforms:
iOS, Android, desktop This app is an all-encompassing household management tool that allows you to sync calendars, get an overview of shopping lists for each family member in real time, so there’s no replication of purchases, and you can share to-do lists with family members via e-mail, text, or push notifications. Your kids will never be able to use the ‘I didn’t see it’ card again and you won’t have to check everyone’s schedules before setting up an appointment – you can just take a look at the combined family calendar that syncs with Outlook and Google Calendar.
3. HomeBudget with Sync Cost: R59.99 (HomeBudget Lite is also available for free download) Platform: iOS, Android Crunching numbers has never been easier than with HomeBudget. This easy-tonavigate budgeting app is not only clear, but colour-coded. It includes categories for expenses, bills, income, budget, and accounts, all on the home screen with the allocated rand amounts visible. There’s a chart showcasing expenses as percentages of income which are colour-coded from zero to 100 per cent, and a total balance. The income section allows for multiple entries into the description section, which can then be organised by category or date, and the reports table enables a broader view of monthly spending.
4. OurHome Cost: Free Platform: iOS, Android, desktop Nobody likes to nag about chores, or do them quite frankly. OurHome is a private social network for families that allows tasks and chores to be organised and assigned to all family members (including mom and dad). The app includes different categories like meals, cleaning, homework, and outdoor chores, and it incentivises tasks by incorporating a points system that can be aligned to pocket money, screen time, or new clothes for your teenager. OurHome takes the hassle out of introducing chores from an early age to encourage responsibility, and it also allows kids to see and appreciate how many chores mom and dad do. Parents can also feel rewarded with a clean house, responsible kids, and completed chores with no nagging.
5. Google Maps Cost: Platforms:
iOS, Android, desktop Travel makes up a lot of the time families spend together – and not always amicably, with school runs in back-to-back traffic and long trips provoking the dreaded ‘are we there yet?’ from little ones with short attention spans. The Google Maps app, ‘ for navigating your world faster and easier,’ not only helps you find the best destinations for kids outings, family days, and date nights out of 100 million stored locations but also gets you there via the best routes with live traffic updates and accident reports. You can also access street view for images of locations, and the app offers a search function for any reservations you’ve made with a Gmail account.