Parents have so much to handle. You raise a family, maintain a steady job (or several), and keep track of the minutia of daily life. Thanks to technology, you don’t have to remember everything on your own. Apps help you manage your to-do lists, plan meals, and synchronize everyone’s schedules. Your life won’t be any less busy with these apps, but it might be a little more organized.
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Free iOS and Android app Cozi is the ultimate family schedule organizer. It’s a calendar, a to-do list, a recipe book, and more. The best part about Cozi? Your whole family can use it; it synchs your schedule with your family’s schedules. When someone in the family adds items to a shopping list or a to-do list, you get notified. This app is perfect for families juggling many busy schedules.
The Speaktoit app for Android offers dictation software in the form of a personal assistant. It connects with free app Evernote and allows you to dictate notes straight to your account. When you’re running around and don’t have time to type on your phone screen, this app is a lifesaver. Speaktoit will also read your notes to you and will delete those you don’t need anymore.
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Organize your home’s cleaning and maintenance tasks with free iOS and Android app BrightNest. Choose from a plethora of home maintenance tasks to create your schedule. The app has simple cleaning tasks, plus home chores you didn’t know you needed to do, like changing your HVAC filter. This is great if you don’t have a programmable thermostat to remind you about HVAC maintenance tasks. DIY tips and home decor ideas are also available within the app.
Download TeuxDeux free on your iOS or Android device, and get started with this comprehensive to-do list app. You get a 30-day free trial of the TeuxDeux software, then you can choose your subscription. Your to-do list gets automatically synched to your cloud account. Plus, you can set up recurring to-do items, color-code your calendar, and drag-and-drop tasks.
Keeping track of schedules and to-do lists isn’t the only component of your busy life that apps can help with. The free Mint app helps you manage your finances with an easy-to-use interface. Understand how much money you have, how much you owe, and how your daily purchasing decisions affect your bank account.
Get access to 350,000 recipes, grocery lists, and meal planners when you download the free Android app BigOven. In one sitting, you can plan your entire week’s meals and create your grocery list so you don’t have to return to the store mid-week because you’re out of something essential. Share these lists between BigOven accounts so everyone in the family can help shop and prepare meals.
Have your entire family (or at least those old enough to warrant a smartphone) download these apps. That way, you can keep track of each other’s schedules. Plus, scheduling a family dinner or game night will be easier.