August 3, 2011

Paper or Online? When Family Calendars Go Tech

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A few weeks ago I mentioned that Day Timer has an online family calendar called Homelife. I’ve had the opportunity to use it now for about a month and it’s been great. Not only can I keep track of everyone, CycleGuy can keep track of me and BabyGirl.

I have both a paper calendar and my iCal. Redundancy is how I roll. When I’m on my cell phone I don’t like not having access to my calendar without telling the other person to hold on while I figure out how to find my calendar without disconnecting them. Having the Homelife calendar as a web-based program means I can access it anywhere so I’m never without my calendar or the other great features.

This is what my Homelife homepage looks like (minus the few silly icons I’ve added for privacy). At the top right are the 4 calendars I’ve created – one for each of us and then a master family calendar. That way CycleGuy and I can keep track not only of BabyGirl but also each other.

Across the top are all the tabs – Calendar, Address Book, Friends, Photos, Blogs, Messages, To Do and Lists. It’s a very easy way to keep track of many things in your life. There is a quick glance on the left side to see what you’ve got coming up this week. The Lists functionality is awesome because you can create a grocery list (or Back To School shopping list!) and not worry about walking out of the house without it. If you have a smart phone it’s right with you!

Homelife Homepage image

I’ve found that adding an event to the calendar is very easy. You have two ways to do it. You can use the ‘quick add’ feature on the left of the calendar or you can click on ‘add an event’ to open a window with more options. You choose whose schedule it goes in, as well as start and end times and location. You can also indicate who can see it and who can edit the event.

One of the features I like most is how you can view the calendar – Day, Week, Month or Agenda. This is the Month view. Along the left side is the ‘Quick Add’ feature. And each color designates a different person. So if CycleGuy wanted to see where I might be or if I had something coming up he could easily find the information. Even better, if he had an eye appointment, for example, but they needed to change the  time I could easily go in to his calendar and make the change if the time was available. No more multiple phone calls or waiting  a few days!

I have been very impressed with the Homelife Online Calendar. I think it would be great for parents with teens who need to keep track of their own time but also let mom and dad know where they are. I also think it would be very useful for my single friends who are in committed relationships and would like to share their schedules. Even great would be for grown children living at home or who who often visit with their parents to give their parents access to the calendar to view.

While I haven’t yet, I may add my friend to the calendar to the view mode. She often wants to see BabyGirl at her different activities or wants to come over to visit but we’re at a class or lesson. This really demonstrates the versatility of this calendar. Even more than a calendar, it’s really an organization tool since you can create To-Dos as well as Lists so you never have to worry about leaving the papers behind or losing them.

While I’m still torn between paper and tech, I really like the Homelife Online calendar for all of its functionality. Honestly, I think you should give it a try too. It’s easy to use and so versatile.

It’s super easy to create an account and get started today! You’ll be glad to have all your info in one place and that others are no longer over scheduling.

What do you think will be your favorite feature?

Image credit: ©  Alexey Khromushin – I have been provided a temporary subscription to Fotolia.com.

Disclosure: I am a compensated blogger for Enough Time Moms. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sara

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V Demetros August 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I keep everything on my phone, which syncs with my iPad, but that means my husband is out of the loop and always saying, “I didn’t know you had that planned.” Can’t wait to try this.

Sara August 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm

V, you’ll like this calendar. It’s great because you can still access it from your iPad or phone but other people you authorize can get to it easily as well. So many great features!

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