Thursday, 19 October 2017

Blogtober Day 19 - Apps to organise your life!




My default position in life is disorganised. There are some things I can keep track of (just ask me about my meticulous bookshelves. Go on) and but for the rest of my life I need some help keeping everything sorted. So, I thought I'd do a post on the apps I use (on my iPhone 6S) to keep my life in order. I really couldn't go without these!

You might wonder that there's no calendar or planner app here - I actually use a physical planner (The Passion Planner - I'll do a post on it sometime) to organise my schedule and events and to take random notes in. For most other things, I have apps!

MyFitnessPal

I've used MFP for years to diet and plan my eating. I've gotten into the habit recently of trying to plan my meals the night before (which is what I was doing when I took this screenshot - don't worry, I'm planning to eat more than that tomorrow!) so that I don't have to worry about them the next day. Of course, I don't always stick to that, but it helps!


Bring!

I've only recently starting using Bring!, but already I'm a big fan of it. It essentially manages your shopping list - you can search for something and add it to your list, and then in the shop just tap it and it moves off the list again. I find it easier and quicker than, say, a paper list, or a list in the notes app, and you can specify types of whatever you want and change quantities.


Pennies

I so love this app - it's changed how I manage my money. You set up your budgets for the month (I used to just have the one 'pot' of money in the app, recently I've changed it to more in an attempt to make it easier to see at a glance how much money I have left for what. The thing I like most about it is that it can show you how much you have left to spend in total, but also it will divide that by the number of days until my next payday and let you know how much you can spend per day. This isn't always useful (for instance, I generally do my food shopping on Sundays and pick up very little during the rest of the week - as a result, it looks like I go terribly over budget then and under on weekdays), but I like seeing the little number grow day by day if you don't spend it all that day.

Evernote

Evernote is so useful. It's my default note-making app, and I save everything in it. Ideas for blog posts, pictures of recipes I find in magazines, places I want to go, and so on. I've paid for premium, and did so ages ago, but I use it so often that it's worth it.

Buffer

I've only started using Buffer since I began this blog, but it's proven so useful to me for scheduling tweets and then seeing how they do. I especially like the re-buffer option, which I find really useful in setting up my tweets for the next while. After I write and publish a post (like this one!) I head straight over to Buffer and can super-easily schedule tweets so I don't have to worry about remembering to write them when I'm at work.

I'm always on the lookout for new apps to try, and I'd love to hear what other people use!


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