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Do you find yourself hunting for that piece of paper with your grocery list on it? Where did you write down that appointment time? 30 minutes wasted waiting at the doctor’s office, when you could have been planning out your meals for the week? Do you struggle to keep it all together in one place? Here’s some tips for digital planning on your phone!
Cheating on my notebook
I have had long-standing affairs with both paper and digital planning. Sometimes I have even felt guilt at swaying too far one way, while completely ignoring the other. (I’m cheating on my leather traveler’s notebook with my iPhone!) There have even been times I have tried to keep up with both, taking the time to duplicate (even in some cases triplicate) information. It’s a process, one that keeps evolving as I go through ages and stages of life.
But at the moment, I seem to have found a groove that is working really well. Productivity is moving forward, organization is near perfect, and everything is running smoothly! I am in my happy place! Digital organizing for the win!
So in that vein, I thought I would share how I am doing what I’m doing, starting with what’s on my phone. There are still some things that require pen and paper (I’ll save those for another post), but right now, life is always on the move, so keeping it all organized means it’s mainly digital.
Check out this video tour of my phone, with links and information below!
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Digital Planning with your phone
Top Row – Who/What/Where/When/Why
- Calendar – Right now it’s Apple Calendar, but soon I think I’ll start exploring other calendar apps
- News/Weather – Apple Weather that came with the phone, although I do have WTForecast for fun, and WeatherNetwork, and for news I have local Canadian news (CTV, CBC, 570 News), and CNN
- Our Family Wizard
- Our Pact
- Class Dojo – my youngest son’s teacher uses this app in his classroom, like a points system, and parents can view
- Pokemon Go
Using My Google-Fu
- Google Maps
- Google Drive – Where I keep all of my stuff, so I can access from home, work, or on the go
In My Earbuds
- Spotify – I pay for Premium account because the ability to make endless playlists is everything. We have been sharing between our devices, but just discovered we can upgrade to a Family Premium account, so my son’s affinity for military marches and video game soundtracks won’t mess up my Spotify recommendations! Hello!!!
- Overcast – New to me, for all my podcasts. I love creating playlists, and the ability to speed up the playback! (Check out this post about my favourite podcasts!)
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- Voice Memos – Great for those random thoughts on the go
- Momentum – Habit tracker that I just downloaded today, moving from paper to digital hopefully!
- Trello – Best productivity app ever!!! I use it on my laptop to plan out my 12 Week Year (you NEED to read the book The 12 Week Year!), and syncs with the app on my phone for on-the-go work and new ideas
- Google Keep – It’s like digital Post-It notes!
- Todoist – My To-Do List, syncs between desktop and mobile version so I always know what’s next!
What’s on your phone? Any apps you are in love with that make digital planning on your phone easier and more organized? Drop me a line in the comments below!