Monday, November 8, 2010
When it comes to getting organized, I tend to have serious problems! I've never been a neat freak, and I will admit that household tasks tend to fall lower on my priority list than, say, checking my email or going out shopping. This tends to apply to my household and family management skills as well. While I TRY and keep papers, bills, health records and the like in one tidy spot - they'll often wind up all over the place. Posted on the fridge, stacked on top of the TV unit, laying on the kitchen table... You name it! And of course, when it comes time to FIND these records... It's anyone's guess as to where they might be.
When I heard AboutOne was looking for reviewers - I jumped at the opportunity. AboutOne is an online Family Information Management System. What, exactly, is that you ask? Here's what they have to say about it:
ONE place, accessible anytime, anywhere, from any device, (you don’t have to be at home, and you don’t have to be on your own computer) where in just seconds busy moms can store, secure, and manage household information, including health records, possession details, education records, contacts, and family memories – both text and pictures. AboutOne stores the information with bank-level security. Then, the system automatically uses the information you’ve entered to save you time on family administrative chores like completing school forms, college apps, caregiver instructions, and tax returns, creating family newsletters and scrapbooks, and automatically creating and mailing holiday cards (coming Dec 1). The information is also available, at your fingertips, to make informed decisions and respond quickly to an emergency. (Also coming soon is the ability to automatically create hardcover photo memory books from the memories and stories you’ve entered in.)
Here is a video showing how simple it is to enter information to your AboutOne management system (it really IS easy!)
For more AboutOne tutorials, visit the AboutOne Youtube Channel!
What's my take on AboutOne? While I haven't had an enough time to learn all of its features, I can certainly see where it will come in handy. I can feel safe knowing that my pictures of D will be safe in a digital scrapbook (also an awesome way to keep them organized, and send them to family!) This includes her scanned in artwork, which I think is such a cool feature. It's nice to know that I can easily store family memories and be able to refer to them later, to show D or show family and friends. Also, all of our family finance information and online health records are safe and secure here - and it's so easy to input information for later use! I like that we can be at a meeting with the bank, or at the doctors office, and I can simply use my phone to send information to AboutOne which I can then reference later when I need it. It does seem like you need to be up to date with your technical hardware - ie. have a scanner, Blackberry or iPhone, etc. to take full advantage of the system. Unfortunately, I haven't got these things - so I do feel a little bit limited in what I can do with it. Having said that, AboutOne is a great way to eliminate the need for tons and tons of calendars, papers, notebooks, folders that you might otherwise have laying around your house! I can safely say that AboutOne is helping this Mommy maintain an organized family life. (And a tidier house!) Furthermore, it's allowing me more time for what matters the most - spending time with my family.
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Disclaimer - I was not compensated financially for this review. I was provided a 1 Year subscription to AboutOne for review purposes, to form an honest opinion of the product.