The arrival of summer might mean the end of hectic school and weekday activity schedules, but it doesn’t mean there’s any let up from staying on top of things. For busy parents and kids, daily summertime routines may be anything but business as usual, which is why staying organized can spell the difference between enjoying the summer breeze or spiraling into chaos. Check out our roundup of the best apps to help keep you calm, cool and collected.

Fantastical 2

This award-winning calendar app features natural language parsing that lets users type or dictate reminders, appointments or tasks that automatically get turned into alerts, to-do’s or calendar events. Reminders are created by starting sentences with “reminder,” “to-do,” “task” or “remind me to”—then the app does the rest. Fantastical 2’s DayTicker is a neat and efficient way to visualize your daily schedule, and integration with Facebook events, iCloud, Google Calendar and Exchange means you won’t miss out on anything.

$4.99 for iOS


What are your favorite apps to help get organized? Share with us in the Comments!

—Kipp Jarecke-Cheng