I remember how I felt as a young woman in the midst of a hectic life raising three active daughters. I dreamed of calm days, and a simple future. I was in need of an organizational system to keep up with our busy schedules, so in my attempt to manage our time, I used a master family calendar and sticky notes. I became the Queen of sticky notes, they were everywhere! Instead of a smartphone, I had my Post-it notes and these lists were my life. I remember one day after school as I jumped in my “taxi” to drive the girls to numerous activities, panic began. My notes were not stuck to the dashboard, where they always were. My girls started laughing as they watched me search for the notes. As a joke, they had taken them and stuck them to the roof of the car above my head. I was overjoyed just to have them again! My family knew it was no joke how much I depended on these visible lists.
Today, my family has grown to include three Son-in-laws and eight grandchildren. Life is full and I have found that my days are just as busy as always. Spending as much time as possible with my awesome grandchildren is always a priority. In addition, in the last couple of years I have become a caregiver to my aging parents, making me part of the “sandwich” generation. Members of my generation help to care for younger and older family members while striving to maintain time for a personal life. In this phase of life, my need for an organizational system is just an important as ever!
Technology has now become the tool I use to manage my schedule. CURAGO is replacing my beloved sticky notes! Since the CURAGO app has become a part of all of my family’s lives, the ability to schedule and share our life events has been a game changer.
With CURAGO, an invitation to a grandchild’s event, activity, game, recital, or program contains all the information I need. The date, time, location, comments, and lists are easy to find and available in one place. As soon as I am invited to an event, it automatically goes into my CURGAO calendar and I receive a notification. All I have to do is select “attending” to accept the invite and let my family know I will be there. It is so nice to have these important events automatically in my calendar is as I schedule Doctor appointments or Home Health visits for my parents. Creating events in CURAGO for their Doctor appointments makes it easy for me to keep up with information needed for their care. I take photos of appointment cards and other medical papers and attach them to their appointment events. This allows me to toss the papers, instead of keeping up with them and also helps cut down on clutter. Inviting other caregivers to the events I create in CURAGO helps us all stay connected and informed.
The CURAGO family organizational app helps me to manage all the areas of my life. Social events, meetings, appointments, lists and to-do’s are all in CURAGO. I simply create events for everything! I find myself telling my friends what a difference CURAGO has made with how I organize and manage my schedule. Time is more precious the older I get, and spending it on what matters most is important to me. I realize the future is really now, even though my days are still very busy, keeping them organized and calm is simple with CURAGO.
CURAGO helps me keep up with my life, allowing me to focus on spending time with family and friends. Knowing I can find my schedule and other information easily and in one location, is comforting. It reminds me of the feeling of finding those “misplaced” sticky notes so many years ago. There may still be a few sticky notes around, but with CURAGO, I am no longer their Queen!