Currently I’ve been
attempting to bring some more organization into my life. I tend to go through organizing phases…as I’m sure we all do. I’m one of those that absolutely loves getting a new planner, sitting down and filling it in (yes, I’m one that color codes!), and keeping up with it for about a month (MAX). Why do I do that? The mystery remains.
My recent theory is using a third party reminder to help me stay on track, and what better way to reach me than with my oh so c h e r i s h e d list of numerous devices! Phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc….if you find yourself surrounded by technology (& practically surviving off of it like I do) than consider the following to help make your day-to-day a little easier:
- Calendar-Let’s start with the obvious. I’ve always referred to my calendar for various, unimportant reasons, but not until recently have I started to program events. I think I always found it to be a tedious task-an almost repetitive task. However, I’ve learned recently that if you take the time to program, your trusty calendar will not let you down!
- MyFitnessPal-Here’s another app that requires some setup time. This app is by no means new to me; however, it’s new to my current method. In the past I tried this app, but again found it tedious inputing all my food intake. At the time, the drop-down options for the food were also quite limited. I recently re-downloaded it and have been enjoying it’s increased user-friendliness and passive reminder to stay within my calorie intake range.
- Glow-This app is the newest of mine in this list, but I’m really enjoying it! Now if you’re a guy (which I think don’t you are) disregard this recommendation/go get your girl and tell her to bring her notepad. I saw an ad come across my Facebook feed the other day for an app called Glow. I could tell it was some sort of period/ovulation tracker. I’m recently married, and though we’re not yet trying to get pregnant, I thought it smart to start keeping track of this information. Verdict is…I really enjoy it! Not only does it provide me with the obvious information, it also keeps track of and sends reminders for your medicines and to Drink More Water! It links with your MyFitnessPal/other fitness tracker to keep track of your weight and food intake as it pertains to your mood throughout the month. I say that’s a win-win.
- RunKeeper-I.love.this.app. The funny thing is, I’m not the greatest runner either! This app has all the bells and whistles: google map link (including distance and elevation tracker), 5 minute reminders to update you on distance and calories burned, allows your music/Pandora to play at same time, logs your history, and cheers you on when you did your personal best. This app will make you want to throw your tennis shoes on!
- Cozi-I used this app with my parents while living at home those months leading up to marrying Wesley. My mom found it….yes, my mom is the ‘cool mom’. Cozi is considered a ‘family organizer’, however I am sure it would benefit anyone. This app is great for keeping a running grocery list. Anyone granted access (whether it be your significant other, kid, or college roommate) can log in from their phone or computer to add/check off things on the list. This makes it easier than trying to look up a text or remember what was said as you were walking out the door for work. It also let’s everyone know whether or not an item still needs to be picked up so you don’t end up with 10 bananas for the week (unless you’re a person who eats that many bananas)!
I hope you find some/all of these apps helpful in regaining your organization. Here’s a quick look at how I organize my apps. Let me know your thoughts and favorites. I’d love to hear from you!