I am the mother to four boys and two girls, so getting everyone’s chore schedules figured out (not to mention daily homework and miscellaneous tasks can be extremely overwhelming. Recently, I started looking into tools I could use to make the entire process easier – pen and paper just weren’t working anymore – and I came across three apps that I absolutely adore.
The following three apps are the ones I use every single day. I typically use them in conjunction with one another depending on how many tasks there are to complete and what exactly the kids need to do that day. I’ve found these to be true lifesavers (and I don’t use that term lightly), so it was very clear to me that I needed to share them with the rest of the world.
1- Cozi Family Organizer – Rating: 4.7, Downloads: 1M
The daily life of any family – large or small – can be a bit chaotic. Cozi Family Organizer is great because it gives you a way to keep everyone in sync with chore charts, shopping lists, and communal calendars so you know where everyone is at any given time of the day or week. I don’t have to worry about communicating chores to my kids individually; instead, I can make sure everyone knows what is going on in my home at all times and I absolutely love that!
The only major negative about Cozi is that it can sometimes take a while to load. With a family the size of mine, there is a lot of data saved in one app (which is why I enjoy having more than one app at my disposal at once). So, that’s something to keep in mind if you find yourself often pressed for time.
Pros: Great for keeping up with big families, chore charts and communal calendars keep everyone in sync.
Cons: The app can run a tad slow at times.
Overall: As long as you don’t mind waiting for the app to load every now and then, you’ll be able to keep up with your entire family in a snap.
2- Any.do – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 10M
I was sick and tired of missing important appointments (and my kids’ appointments), which is where Any.do has really come in handy for me and my family. You’re able to pair your to-do list, calendars, and reminders together in one place so they all work in harmony to keep you on schedule. It’s incredibly helpful because all of my most important scheduling information is all in one convenient place.
There is a premium option available if you want access to the full scope of resources offered. However, if that’s not something that interests you, then you don’t have to pay for it. Just know that if you opt out, there are some features you will not be able to use.
Pros: I can keep my schedules and to-do lists together (with alerts to remind me when things are coming up or a task needs to be done).
Cons: You have to pay for premium for full access to all features.
Overall: Getting reminders for both my to-do lists and my calendars is great, but there are some features I can’t access because I don’t pay for premium.
3- Todoist – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 10M
Next, in our list of to do lists is Todoist, Todoist is the absolute best when it comes to task management. Need to assign chores to the kids? I always come to this app first. I can jot ideas down as soon as they pop into my head and it automatically fills out a to-do list for me. It’s become essential for remembering important deadlines and errands, and the interface is incredibly simple to use, which is great for the kids.
This app does offer a reporting feature that will (supposedly) allow you to see the history of a user’s completed tasks. However, I’ve found that it works quite slowly – if at all – so it’s not a feature that I use for my family very often. If that’s something that’s really important to you, you may want to try a different app.
Pros: Task management is made so much easier, automatically fills in to-do lists, easy user interface.
Cons: The reporting tool is really slow and can be tough to use.
Overall: This app is my number one go-to when it comes to task management, but the reporting feature can be really hit or miss.
I am so, so grateful that I sort of stumbled upon these apps. The website I used to find them actually has an entire list of the best 10 to-do list apps that you can check out. I know there are probably some of you who like to do the research for yourselves – I totally understand that – so I’ll leave a link to the original website that you can explore too.
Checkout Best 10 To Do List Apps
Hopefully, you’ll find these apps just as helpful as I have and, who knows, maybe you’ll even find a few more great ones out there.
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