Life is complicated, ever-changing, and just plain busy. Having a full 40 hour work week with ample opportunities for over time (OT) all year-long, a husband in school full-time with a schedule that changes every semester (or two times during the summer months with summer school) and group study sessions, and two young children; life is an unstable mess at any given time. To help keep the sanity and stay somewhat organized during this journey, and not miss an exercise appointment I am going to be using two main sources.
This is such a great site. I cannot talk about all the different resources available enough. Just for FREE!! You got it. FREE. It is the best four letter word that I can use. Not only does it sync across multiple devices, but it can have up to 14 people/pets on one calendar.
Here are some of the additional things that it includes:
*Color coding- associate a color for a person, or a color for an entire family event so that when you see that color you know it’s for little Johnny.
*meal planning- breakfast, lunch, and snacks are the categories and you can set when you are having those meals. A slight drawback though is that the meals are automatically put to the household color. With that aside, all the family members would need to do is log into the site from a computer device and know what is for dinner on that night.
*recipes- if you are going to be meal planning, it helps if you can have the recipe information at your finger tips. When you make a recipe it asks you where you found the recipe. Being able to copy and paste the link into the recipe slot saves a lot of time and energy searching through Pinterest, or old cookbooks. Speaking of, you can even put in old recipes, it will take a little longer than copy and paste; if it’s important you can do it.
*customizable lists- you can make as many lists as you want: chores, grocery, market, even housecleaning. If you are in the process of meal planning and you want to add the ingredients you have the option of adding to “Lists” then decide which list in particular. Easy as a couple clicks.
*printing options- if you are the type of person that needs it to be right in front of you in a paper format but have such “chicken scratch” that no one but you can read it, then you can still use Cozi and just print out the different pages you want to see. No matter if it is Weekly/Monthly view, grocery list, chores, menu, or even just one person’s schedule.
These are some of the best features that I have found with using Cozi. I understand that it isn’t for everyone. I could use Google calendar, and outlook calendar, but those are just so boring to me and take up too much of my time to color code, or to meal plan. If those work for you, great keep using. Nothing against them, they are just not for me.
Another great resource that I use is this great big monstrosity from Michaels. An 18-month calendar that was $29.99, but because I went and bought it when Michaels was doing a 40% off sale, it was only $17+ tax. That is a steal in my opinion for how long I’m keeping it and what information I put in it so paying $1 a month to use is worth it.
Customizable- my husband does not care and does not want to know what I do during my workouts other than when I have my long runs. Also, there’s no need for him to see my blogging schedule, crafting schedule, or what I’m doing with our boys on our Saturday dates. So, I use my big planner to do more detail work that is individualized to me.
Whew! Now that I have overloaded you with all this exorbitant information and resources, just remember, use what works for you and your family. There is no one size fits all approach. These two resources make sure that my family runs a little more smoothly. A constant line of communication between my husband and myself because we are humans and cannot remember everything.
If you haven’t started or aren’t consistently using a family calendar I urge you to start one for this journey. It will be so much more challenging if you don’t start a reliable schedule.
See you on the other side.