As a tech savvy mama, I practically live online by sharing knowledge through my website,
maintaining friendships via Facebook, seeking advice from my network
on Twitter, and keeping up to date on current events thanks to apps on
my iPhone but despite my constant use of technology, I maintain a
traditional paper and pencil calendar. I’ve tried online calendars like
Jooners, iCal, and Google Calendar to keep track of my personal, work,
and family schedules but remain true to my paper calendars.
There’s something old school and comforting about taking a sharp pencil to block off time for a doctor’s appointment, event at the kids’ school, or to make note of posts for BitMoms.com or LeapFrog that need to be published on a particular day. My favorite calendars are those by MomAgenda, The BusyBodyBook, and Orange Circle Studio’s Do It All Planner because the spiral binding allows me to slip in a pencil, I can slip in folded sheets of paper between the pages, and there’s a space for every member of my family with squares left over for me to use to schedule my blog posts. My paper calendar allows me to mesh my work, personal, and family life all in one nice neat little package and the only drawback is having something extra to carry in my bag to those occasional in real life meetings.
Maybe I’d be able to lighten my load if I could find an online calendar system that is as easy to use and visually appealing as my current system but so far, I haven’t found one that I love. I’m sure that there must be one out there that might fit the bill but would have to meet the following requirements:
- Accessible on both an iPhone and Blackberry
- Allows multiple users to add and edit calendar entries
- Syncs to accounts on home computers
- Color coding to track activities for multiple family members and work projects
- Day, week, and month views
- Free, or at least, inexpensive
Want a chance at $250? Share your favorite calendar solution with Leticia!
With a new school year on the horizon, I challenge you to share your favorite online calendar systems that meet the above requirements. In the comments below, describe how your system helps you and your family stay organized during the school year and beyond. Details will be helpful as I read through the entries and select the best calendar tool to try! If I pick your solution, I’ll be writing about how it worked, and you get $250!
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Leticia Barr blogs at Tech Savvy Mama, helps families stay safe online as Chief BitMom, has a weekly column on The LeapFrog Community, and can also be found on Twitter. Clever Girls Collective is a social media marketing agency founded by women who wanted to use their deep marketing experience and broad social network relationships for good. We know that women who engage in social media are some of the most authentic, connected, trusted, and vocal influencers — not only online, but “in real life.” That’s why we’ve developed The Clever 1000: an ever-growing, beautifully diverse network of professional, thoughtful social media-connected, natural networkers and influencers who want to engage with and enhance their favorite brands.