Being More Productive

There is so much to be said about time…how little we have, how it gets away from you, how you “ran out” of time to do something.  When everything is crazy, I find the best way to find time is to be organized, but that’s often the first thing to go!  I have a few apps I use to keep myself constantly organized, so I’m going to post them here.

First, I have a paper planner.  It sits next to my computer mostly unused.  I’ll get an idea that I think needs to be in there, and then I don’t pick it up again!  So I like my phone.  I’m already carrying it anywhere I am, so I always have it available.  It’s convenient and I can set it to make a noise so I pay attention!

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The easy, obvious app is the calendar app.  I put everything in there, with a reminder.  If it isn’t in my phone, I’m fairly guaranteed to miss it!  So doctor’s appointments, parties, plans, etc all go in there.  Instead of writing it down, I put it in my phone.

Next is my to do list app, Awesome Note.  It lets me set things to recur daily, which means I have an easy list in there to check off even if I do nothing.  Imagine putting everything you want to get done each day on an index card…every day!  This does that for me.  I love paper lists, but this is more efficient.  And I can set reminders on that as well! My phone reminds me to drink more water at 11 and 3 each day.  It just told me I have a text to send.  (sent!) I can also set things weekly, make different folders for tasks, I could (sometimes do) use it for a shopping list and you can add a handwritten (always looks like chicken scratch to me) note or picture.  I may switch this in the future as I have two other apps I’ve heard about and want to try, but it has worked for me for almost 2 years now.

My newest app is IFTT – If This Then That.  It’s a seemingly limitless app that lets you use recipes (their term) to say “If this happens, do that.”  So If it is 5am, text me to get up. If it’s morning, text me the weather. If I post a picture to Instagram also send it to another site.  I think you get it!  It has been helpful for me so far and I’ve only been using it for a few weeks.  Sure I could set reminders (and I do!), but the difference of a text for me has been that I pay more attention to my text sound.  A use for both inmy world!  And there are so many options of things to do with it…I get lost exploring (not a good use of time!) but it saves me time elsewhere.

What are you using to help use your time wisely?

For fun, check out this post from this week last year!

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