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Mobile phones are effective tools for organization and time management when used strategically

Completing Tasks and Chores–with Rewards!

Take a look at the apps below for tracking tasks/chores with ease. Click on the links to see video overviews and download the apps. Each app has a free version, and some require a small, one-time fee for full functionality and customization.

I suggest that you choose one free app and start small–say, with one or two tasks per day for a week–to see how the app works for you and your child. If you don’t like something about the app, try a different one. When you find one you like, add more tasks. Involve your child in determining point values for tasks and rewards. Remember that rewards can be cheap or free. Spending Saturday afternoon baking cookies together or earning the privilege of spending the night at a friend’s house are rewards that won’t break the bank.

iRewardChart for Android and iPhone

Fairshare for Android and iPhone

Cozi Family Organizer for Android and iPhone 


Foolproof Alarms and Time Trackers

The highly customizable alarms include functionality to set repeating alarms for the days you choose. For those who are difficult to wake, Alarmy offers crazy loud sounds and “missions” you can activate to limit use of the snooze button and turn off the alarm!

Time Timer is a tried and true tool used in schools and homes everywhere. It is available for nearly every digital platform imaginable so you can visualize time to improve motivation and task completion. You can also buy a variety of physical Time Timers to put on a tabletop.

Alarmy for Android and iPhone

Timely for Android only (now owned by Google & offering additional functionality)

Time Timer for Android, iPhone, Apple Watch, desktop and more!