Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sources for Syncing the Family Calendar

Sourced from: Suzanne Kantra, Founder, Techlicious

Keep Organized with a Family Calendar
With five busy people in my house, keeping track of who needs to be where when is a challenge. There’s my work schedule, my husband’s work schedule, my kids school calendars, classes, doctor’s appointments and games and all of our social events.

We have a paper family calendar that is posted by the fridge. It has all of the kids’ appointments and events, plus work travel. But writing appointments into the little squares is difficult and there’s no way to access it unless I’m home.

What I use instead is a digital calendar that syncs with Outlook and Google Calendar so I can see everyone’s schedule wherever I am so I can set up doctor’s appointments or schedule a dinner party with confidence that I’m not double booking someone.

My favorites are below. Each has a couple of features that set it apart (and some limitations).

Cozi Family Organizer
The Cozi Family Organizer syncs appointments with Outlook and can be accessed through iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps. Each family member is assigned a color, so it’s easy to see who’s busy and who’s free at a glance. You can’t send invites outside of Cozi, though, like you can with Outlook and Google Calendar. Read more.

The Famjama family calendar is ad-free and can be accessed online or through the Famjama iPhone and Android apps. You can sync with iPhone, Android and iCal, which makes Fanjama the best choice for Mac users, but you’re limited to making appointments only for those using the service. You can also send group messages via text and set up shopping lists. Read more.

Google Calendar
If you’re Gmail user or just looking for a calendar, you can create a family Gmail account and associated calendar. You can then sync that calendar with Outlook, iPhone and Android and share it with other family members who use Google Calendar. It’s also the only option that lets you invite outsiders to events. Read more.

Join the conversation on Techlicious and let me know how you use your familly calendar.

Suzanne Kantra
Founder, Techlicious

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