Whether you use a Mac or a PC, there are ways your computer can help you organize your kids' schedules. There are several software programs designed specifically to help you keep your life organized, and you can try many of them for free. In some cases, there may even be an application already built into your operating system.
If you use a PC, MSD Organizer might be a good organizational software choice for you. If you're already familiar with Microsoft Outlook, you probably won't have much trouble using MSD Organizer. It has a very similar layout to Outlook, and you'll be able to keep track of everything, from your kids' schedules to your mortgage payment and finances. You can download a 30-day trial of MSD Organizer for free [source: CNET].
Another popular program for PC users is Lexa Organizer. Not only does this program allow you to easily keep track of all your upcoming events, but it also lets you rank them by importance -- and set audible alarms so you won't forget about them. You can download a trial version of Lexa Organizer for free, and it lasts for 15 days. After that, if you decide you like the program, you can buy it for $19.99 [source: CNET]. Other programs, like Google Calendar, are available free of charge.
For Mac users, one program that can help you stay organized is already built into your operating system: iCal. With this program, you can color code each kids' commitments as you enter them into a common calendar. This will allow you to see your entire family's upcoming schedules at a glance and understand how they fit together [source: Apple]. The application also allows you to set alarms and even sync your calendar with your phone so you'll be reminded of upcoming events no matter where you are.
For a lot more information on how you can organize your kids' schedules, check out the links below.
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