Household Management Made Easy:
Top 8 Time Management Apps for Busy Nannies
Transitioning into a New Year can be one of the most hectic times for nannies + their respective nanny families. The kids are back in school, involved in even more extra-curricular activities, and going on their regularly scheduled play dates. We’ve asked some of our most experienced household managers, and these are some of their favorite tools for streamlining the needs + schedules of an active family.
It certainly helps to create a consistent schedule within your nanny family to help everyone stay organized and on the same page. Another great resource for managing everyone’s different schedules + commitments are time management apps — you can sync them across multiple devices so you are always connected, and always on time.
Track daily information about children: feeding, diapers, sleep, mood, activities, medicines, photos, and more. Several authorized users can be specified for each child: parents, family, daycare staff. Entries are immediately and securely synchronized on each user account. Parents, Nannies and Child Care staff can easily exchange messages and photos via the application.
Cozi helps simplify life! The shared calendar can be color-coded for each family member, with the option to set event reminders. You can create shopping lists by store, as well as to-do lists. It even comes with a meal planning feature and a family journal to capture and share memories.
HatchedIt creates a central hub to coordinate your family activity. With a shared calendar, you can view your appointment book for upcoming events, as well as each family member’s schedule. Upload contacts to coordinate plans with friends or other families! A customizable news section brings a live feed of your favorite news sources and blogs, and there is even a curating section to gather your inspirations.
Using a mobile calendar app is a great way to keep the family on task. By sharing a calendar with members of your family and color-coding events based on each individual, you can easily coordinate schedules and keep everyone on track!
If you live and breathe by your Google calendar, this app helps you take your calendar on the go. CalenGoo provides a similar display as the Google calendar that you’re used to, maintaining your chosen colors as well. You can click in and out of the month view for easy access to your time commitments.
Week Calendar is designed to be a more functional calendar than the default app included on an Apple device. It allows you to view your schedules in list, day, week, month, year, and agenda-view, and you can also sync with Google calendar, Outlook, iCloud, etc. You can also easily color-code your calendar, and share events with your contacts.
For busy nannies and house managers, task management apps are a great way to remember everything and record new priorities. You can share specific to-do lists or delegate tasks among family members.
TeuxDeux is a simple app with a clean interface that’s super easy to jump into. You can manage your tasks with a week overview, as well as collect future tasks in a “someday bucket.”
You can easily check off, delete, and edit tasks, with uncompleted tasks automatically rolling over to the next day.
Toodledo allows you to organize your tasks by folder, tags, subtexts, and priority. You can also create hotlists of your most important tasks or use filters to concentrate on specific tasks. A scheduler feature helps determine which tasks you should work on based on your time availability and task due dates, time estimates, and priority. Setting alarms and reminders also ensures you complete your to-do list.
Prepping and planning for meals is an easy way to set the family up for a successful, seamless week. There are multiple apps to help with meal planning, but we’ve found that Big Oven is one of the most user-friendly on the market to-date.
Meal planning becomes much simpler with Big Oven’s library of 250,000+ recipes. You can store your favorite recipes, create grocery lists, and record your meal planning weeks or months in advance. No more wasting time trying to find something to cook or wandering around the grocery store aisles looking for inspiration. This cool app even includes a tool to find meal ideas based on the leftovers at home!
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