This last year I started to make the transition from paper organization to electronic organization. While I thought it might be a rough go since I always considered myself a paper and pencil kind of list maker, I’ve actually really liked the time its saved re-writing things every week. I also really like the ability to be able to view and/or edit my information on my computer, iPhone, or iPad. Talk about portable! It’s so much more portable than my notebook ever was. I can have the information I need on the go or at home with just the click of a button.
So what programs and apps have I found most helpful? Here are my three faves.
3 Favorite iPhone Apps that Help Maintain My Sanity
#1 Remember the Milk
I was recently asked how I get so much done in a day with two little ones afoot. This is it. I seriously do not know what I would do without Remember the Milk. It is a list maker’s dream. When I decided to make the transition to electronic list making I tried out several different list making programs and this one was by far my favorite. Why? You can…
- Organize activities by date, time of day, tag, priority level, and a host of other factors.
- Set re-occurrence times so you are not always entering the same task over and over. For example, “quiet time” and “exercise” comes up every day while “vacuum” shows up on Thursdays.
- Create Smart Lists to organize your lists in a way that is convenient for you. I have a list just for my computer tasks, a list for my screen free time, and a list that organizes my activities into a daily schedule.
- Have RTM automatically add any unfinished tasks from yesterday to today’s list. Aw…no more writing lists over and over. I love it!
The app does cost $25 for the pro version (a cost I consider well-worth it for my own sanity), but you can always try out the app for free first.
#2 Plan to Eat
Last year I was sitting down to make my bi-weekly meal plan when I realized there HAD TO BE A BETTER WAY. I was spending hours deciding menus and creating my shopping list. That’s when I started researching meal plan services and came across Plan to Eat.
I knew I needed a service that would incorporate my own recipes since we have so many allergies we are trying to avoid for different people. I also knew I needed one that automatically created my shopping list based on what was on the menu for the week. AND, I knew I wanted it to be something I could use on the computer as well as on my phone. The result–Plan to Eat.
I love it! I can drag and drop recipes into the calendar, easily clip recipes from the web to add to my menu for the week, rate recipes so I remember which my family likes, and more. The interface is visually appealing too meaning you can scan the pictures of your recipes to see what you are hungry for, as well as search by ingredients you have on hand. And, probably one of my favorite tricks is the fact that you can create standard menus that you just drag and drop to save time. For example, does your family eat the same breakfasts every week? Make a menu for that and you can just drag and drop it into the calendar every week instead of create the list over and over. Talk about a time saver!
Finally, I never have to figure out what items I need to shop for. It automatically creates a shopping list for me, based on the recipes in my planner, that I can access at the store on my iPhone! It’s paperless and efficient. Just make sure you don’t run out of cell battery while you are there though or else you’ll be up a creek!
I have been using Evernote for years. In fact, I even used it to organize my recipes before I found Plan to Eat. Evernote allows to you to store lists, research material, take notes, input photos, and so much more. I consider it the ultimate notebook. What do I use Evernote for? Here’s just a few of my notebooks that I keep:
- Meeting notes for different organizations I’m involved in
- Blog post ideas
- Book ideas
- Favorite quotes from books I’m reading
- My goals
- Sermon notes
- Bible study notes
Yes, I could probably just have folders on my computer for several of these, but the ease of using Evernote on my phone and taking pictures to input immediately into my document is what makes this app worth it. Add in the fact that the free version has always been enough for me, and it has definitely been worth ever cent! 😉
Want to Get Organized?
Seeing as yesterday was my birthday (yeah, me!), this week I want to giveaway one annual Subscription To Plan to Eat. That’s a $35 value! Open to all U.S. residents 18 years and older. Enter below for your chance to win. Giveaway ends on Saturday, February 14th at midnight.
What apps or programs do you use to keep you sane?
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