I’m terrified of putting my planner into electronic media mode. I’m so bad at remembering what goes on in my life from day to day, what would happen if my life “crashed” and everything was lost? So I went in search of a free organizer, preferably online as backup to my written planner.
The one a friend had suggested was Cozi. It seemed pretty user friendly and was, actually, free so I thought I would check it out.
At first glance, it looks pretty decent. It’s a family-based planner, where you can color code activities according to family members. There’s an area for groceries and to-do lists as well. There’s also a mobile app so you can use it on the go. You can even invite members outside of your family to have access to your calendars and statuses (like a mini family journal) so they can see what’s going on in your life as well. And of course there are helpful articles and recipes at your disposal.
So I signed up. The first thing I noticed was that the website is SLOW. Because it’s free, there are advertisements that pop up on the side of the site and that seems to slow everything down. And it’s very “busy”. There’s lots of different areas to go to depending on what you need. However, once you decide what area you want to be in (journal, grocery list, etc), everything is pretty nicely laid out . You can even put your happenings on your desktop so logging in to view the calendar isn’t always necessary and you can sync with Outlook if that’s what you use.
It’s going to take some time to get away from having a planner in my purse all the time, but I think the purpose of this site is more to keep everybody in the family, organized no matter where they are. This would be a great tool for families with teenagers who are always on the run. But for someone like me with two young children, our big calendar on the kitchen wall will work for now.